On Sunday 9th December 15 ramblers set off for a 5 mile plus walk from the large village of Ramsbury, which has a flourishing past with a Cathedral and Bishop. We noted fine Jacobean and Georgian houses, local people out walking, riding and running, plus an old AA sign and the River Kennet.
On the route we came across the remains of Littlecote Roman Villa with the famous Orpheus mosaic floor, unearthed in 18C, lost and then rediscovered in 1978, and restored under the patronage of Sir Seton Wills (Wills Tobacco family). Coffee break was taken so time could be spent enjoying the setting.
Then we enjoyed a walk with a difference! After looking at "the beach” garden, during a heavy shower of rain, we had an added tour of Littlecote House .....a haunted manor house with a dark history , a War Museum room, 110ft long gallery, oak panelled Great Hall, a Cromwellian chapel, plus more !!! Worth another look and perhaps a drink in the new Warner Hotel section.
The winter sun then brightened our walk on tracks through the estate and woodland fringes before returning to Ramsbury.
The group pause by a very old Oak
Coffee stop at the Littlecote Roman Villa
Some of the rooms inside Littlecote house
A view of Littlecote House Hotel
Making our way back from Littlecote
Descending through Park Coppice with views of Ramsbury