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CLEVEDON CIRCUIT

Sunday  March 23, 2014

After passing through a huge rainstorm the day cleared up and we were able to park near the marine lake in clear sunshine.

We followed Marine Parade past the pier which was unfortunately closed (we later found out that the boy band One Direction were making a video there that day ) and then on uphill for a couple of hundred yards to meet the coast path. After walking a stretch known as Lovers Walk we left the path to reach St Marys Church, Walton St Mary and after a short distance entered the access road to Clevedon Golf Club. Proceeding along footpaths across a couple of golf greens the paths dropped downhill into Rock Wood, through the woodland , across another golf green and into more woods before reaching St Pauls Church, Walton in Gordano. We had a sunny stop here for coffee enjoying the warmth of the sun in the sheltered churchyard. Moving on through the churchyard we entered  a lane, and, turning right and then left we met a footpath which took us across two fields to reach Hacks Wood.

We entered the woodland and climbed on to Walton Common, an area of ancient field systems and enclosures. After crossing the Common we walked through more woodland and following the footpaths left on a wide track to cross the Coast Road (Portishead to Clevedon) onto an enclosed path leading into a large field with a descent to the coast path. A left turn and we are following the path back towards Clevedon, with a stop for a warm, sunny lunch on the beach at Ladye Bay.

On the day we were blessed with good weather (if a little windy) and spectacular views of the South Wales coast and the distant Welsh Hills.

 

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LYDNEY WALK – 9th June

 

This walk signalled good omens at the off.  We found large standing stones placed on the Severn bank.  They had been drilled through with 3 inch holes allowing pinpoint views of local places of interest, each one indicated by descriptive brass plaques.  Such a novel and pleasing art form.  On then up the wooded cliffs of the river 120 feet high in places, then inland to Tutnalls Park where a lake, football, rugby and cricket pitches lay grouped together in a superb sheltered setting.  Lunch here and a bonus of free orange juice kindly supplied by the football club staff to accompany the sunshine. 

Moving on to Lydney Town Station – part of the preserved Dean Forest Railway – and into Bathurst Park where to our surprise Lydney Town Band were ready to provide the fanfares to the “Re-Opening Ceremony” for the 60 year old Coronation Park Gates – the Lord Lieutenant of the county and Town Mayor officiating.  Music in the park followed.  Could it get better?  Yes – free Marshfield ice cream for all.  Wow!

 Back then to the Harbour via Lydney Junction Station, diesel and steam engines in operation to see and smell.  So much in one walk – Lady Luck had been our escort!  Lydney, a gem of the English countryside – history, surprises plus generous, pleasant townsfolk – truly a wonderful walk

          Alan Vizard

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 Hinton and Wick – Sunday 23 Feb 2014

 

We parked the cars in the overflow carpark of the Bull at Hinton. Soon we were on the way up the hill, which was the old stagecoach route from Bristol to London. At the top we turned into Cock Lane and were soon walking across the fields towards Dyrham, they were wet but passable. Walking along the road we were treated to a splendid view of the west face of the big house at Dyrham Park. Walking past the house we followed the route of the Cotswold Way. As we left the road the state of the footpath deteriorated until we were plunging through ankle deep mud. Turning off the Way we struck out for Lower Ledge Farm and then over the fields to Doynton where we stopped for coffee in the churchyard. Doynton was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and the church had early origins with traces of Saxon walling. After leaving Doynton we joined the Monarch’s Way turning south towards Wick. We skirted the huge quarry and then followed the path through the quarry premises and onto the side of the River Boyd. This led us through the Local Nature Reserve which had been developed from the ruins of the Golden Valley Ochre Company. Ochre had been discovered here in the 18th century and had been mined and processed for use as a colouring for pottery and roadstone. When the mines were closed in the early 1900s the mines were colonised by several species of bat and the Nature Reserve is now home to Peregrins and otters as well as the bats. We stopped for lunch at an airy spot overlooking the quarry but as the weather was a little damp we were soon on our way to Cleeve Bridge and so back onto the Monarch’s Way – this time going north. We followed the River Boyd for a mile or so along a sticky, but not wet footpath. Finally, with Hinton in view we crossed the river and followed the footpath towards the village. Here the quality underfoot deteriorated very quickly and as we passed through gateways  it became increasingly difficult to keep your footing until at last one of the group was in danger of loosing her boot. Helping hands pulled her out and we made it back to the cars in one piece but rather muddy. A very satisfying walk of 9 miles with lovely countryside and some interesting historical places on the way. The dampness in the air held off and we were all refreshed by the blustery wind. The Bull provided refreshment for the inner man!! Thanks to Reg, a great day.

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Malverns September 6 , 2015

A splendid day out where we walked the length of the Malverns (North to South). It was a warm sunny day and the views were spectacular. We were told that if it was a clear day the views could take us to the Urals as there was no higher ground between the Malverns and the Urals!

We covered all the highest points on the Malverns and at the end Reg had arranged for a bus to pick us up and take us back to the cars. Great organisation.

The view North from the British Camp at lunchtime showing our morning's walk.
The final trig point at the end of our walk.


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            Frampton on Severn Sunday 13 May 2012


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SUNDAY 3 JUNE 2012

PAINSWICK AND SHEEPSCOMBE

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Westonbirt and Sherston

Sunday 10 June 2012


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  Camping Week

Bircher - Croft Ambrey - Yarpole


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TETBURY

SUNDAY 16 MARCH 2014

 

The weather was bright and sunny which was a great improvement on the previous week which had been foggy and cold. Basking in the warmth of the sun we set off from the Old Brewery lane car park and walked through the centre of Tetbury, down Gumstool Hill and into the old railway car park. Chris, our leader was doing a grand job of keeping us informed about the important features of the town and some of the history as well. Passing through the station we took the path along the valley bottom alongside the crystal clear waters of the feeder stream of the River Avon. Most of the mud had dried up so the walking was rather easier than previous weeks. On reaching the road we walked toward Long Newton and stopped in the pretty church yard to sit in the sun and take our coffee break. Walking through the village with its pretty Cotswold stone cottages we crossed the road and a couple of fields to end up at Shipton Mill where they produce the flour for Prince Charles. We were soon in amongst the training runs for the race horses kept at Estcourt Park Estate, but fortunately there was no training today. It was now lunchtime so we found a nice secluded corner in the sun and had a well earned rest. The views were now greener than ever, a sure sign that spring was on the way. After lunch we strolled across well tended fields to look at Estcourt House (from the outside only) and then down the access road and over a pretty stone bridge and through a copse to the fields on the outskirts of Tetbury. The spire of the church making an impressive marker to guide us back to the cars.

A wonderful day out in the softer landscape of the Cotswolds.

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THORNBURY RAMBLING CLUB

Sunday 24 February 2013

Stroud and Brimscombe

 

The weather report was not good so we set off prepared for cold and windy weather. On leaving Stroud we took the A419 for a short while before turning up the hill towards Mount Pleasant. Soon we were out in open country and heading east. What was a pleasant slope would have been impassable last week but the drying winds had left the fields in a reasonable condition with only a few winter springs to negotiate. A stiff climb brought us to a pleasant woodland track but the temperature was dropping and the streams had a thin veneer of ice. As we reached open fields at the top of the hill a stiff breeze picked up and a thin dusting of snow began to fall. The views were spectacular, we could see over the Severn Estuary to the hills of Wales. Pushing on we descended into the Toadsmoor Valley and then over the River Frome to the start of the Golden Valley. The climb up to Besbury Common was steep enough to warm everyone up again so we took the opportunity to take a rest and refuel with a welcome lunch. As we walked along to Hyde we could look back into Stroud and wonder at the industrial heritage in what is now a relatively residential valley. The descent into the river valley was all the more enjoyable for the bunches of snowdrops and crocus which were now in full bloom. We reached the towpath of the Cotswold Canal and set out for the return to Stoud. What was a thriving canal was now very badly choked with vegetation and it wasn’t until we reached Brimscombe Port that  the waterways cleared. The industrial past of Brimscombe has now mostly disappeared and there is now no evidence that this was where the boat used in the “African Queen” movie was built in 1908. Just a few mills now converted for residential purposes remain . The canal now becomes wider and is known as the Thames and Severn Canal and is being restored by a hardy band of volunteers. A pleasant walk soon brought us back to Bowbridge where we left the canal and took the road back into Stroiud. A wonderful day out through a pleasant and historic landscape, thanks to Chris our leader. If you would like to join us please contact Dave on 01454 414022 for a bracing and companionable day out.

 

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