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11:40am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Villages
LAST Tuesday, 10 members of Powick Ramblers and dog Monty went on one of the longer walks and visited the Cotswolds.
Starting from the car park in the picturesque village of Stanton, with its honey-coloured stone houses built of oolitic limestone, some dating back to 1614/15, the walkers found the path of the 100-mile long Cotswolds Way.
The route led up past Stanway House, a Jacobean house next to a church, with its gatehouse and tithe barn.
It is privately owned but with gardens open in July and August for its water features including a fountain with a rise of 300 feet, and water-mill.
This passed, the walkers took the steep scarp slope up to the top of the hills with views to Bredon Hill and beyond, and over towards Broadway.
The route lay at times on the Cotswolds Way and the Winchcombe Way and crossed fields of barley and pasture with sheep, with wild flowers of thistle, knapweed, scabious and harebells.
The path also followed bridleways, one of which was being used by a dozen horses and their riders!
Lunch was taken in a field before taking the path downhill to pass above the spring-line villages of Snowshill and Laverton where the old field system of ridge and furrow agriculture was evident.
The walkers finally reached the village of Stanton where the last climb was to the Mount Inn where a welcome drink was enjoyed!
Rosemary was thanked for leading the 7.8 mile walk in fine weather, though not sunny it was good for walking.
MEG ALLSOPP 01905 830746
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