Cotswold Weekend Friday 13 May to Monday 16 May 2016
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:
Friday 13 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.
Saturday 14 May
Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns.
7 miles, leisurely.
Start point car park by the river opposite the Trout Farm.
From the picturesque village of Bibury we go up to Arlington past the Catherine Wheel Inn and go down to the River Coln valley.
We follow the line of the river to Coln St Aldwyns. We can either stop by the riverside for lunch or visit the New Inn for refreshment.
We then go on to Quenington and return to Bibury across parkland and farm land via bridleways and footpaths.
Sunday 15 May
Bourton on the Water, Upper and Lower Slaughter.
10 miles, leisurely
Start point the car park on Station Road. This is a pay and display car park. Cost for 5 hours is £3.90.
From Bourton-on-the-Water we follow the River Windrush westwards and the climb up to the beautiful village of Upper Slaughter.
We then follow the River Eye to the equally picturesque village of Lower Slaughter.
We return to Bourton past the lakes and ascend to Clapton-on-the-hill via Diamond Way.
Finally we go down to Bourton via Monarchs's Way.
Monday 16 May
Chedworth. 8.5 miles moderate
Start point Chedworth Village Hall.
A pretty Cotswold village, attractive woodland, a nature reserve and one of the most complete Roman villas in England are all included in this walk of gentle hills and valleys with babbling brooks.