Cotswold Weekend Friday 18 May to Monday 21 May 2018
We will be based at Cirencester as this is fairly central to all of the walks and there is plenty of accommodation and campsites nearby.
Walks will be as follows:
Frday 18 May
Rodborough Fort and Nailsworth Valley
6.5 miles - Moderate
Start point: Car park on Rodborough Common.
Walk across Rodborough Common to Rodborough Fort.
Down to join the old Nailsworth valley railway line at Woodchester then walk along the path of the old railway line to Dunkirk Mill.
Walk up the hill to Pinfarthings then on to Amberley.
From Amberley we walk across the Common round Bownhan to the Winstones Ice Cream Factory where we can stop to sample their delicious produce.
Finally we walk back across the Common to the car park.
Saturday 19 May
Broadway and Snowshill
7 miles - Leisurely
Start point: Broadway Shear House car park WR12 7ET (Note parking charge, currently £4 for between 3 and 10 hours).
From Broadway Hight Street we walk up the Cotswold Way to Broadway Tower.
We then leave the Cotswold Way then walk to Snowshill.
Pass Buckland Wood and re-join the Cotswold Way back to Broadway.
Sunday 20 May
Minchinhampton, Avening and Cherington
11 miles moderate.
Start point: Minchinhampton Common at the top of Bell Lane near the church.
From Minchinhampton we walk to Box and then down through Box Wood to the Weighbridge Inn.
Resisting the temptation to stop for a pie and a pint we walk up through Hazel Wood and on to the picturesque village of Avening with its view of Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate.
From Avening we walk on to Cherington Lake for lunch.
We return to Minchinhampton via Hyde and Besbury with its fine views over the Stroud valley.
Monday 21 May
Thames and Severn Canal
9 miles - Moderate.
Start point: Parking area opposite Aston Down airfield on A419.
From Cowcombe Hill down to the old Thames and Severn canal.
Follow the towpath to Daneway then onward to Sapperton village.
Back through woodland past Frampton Mansell to the start point.