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Pub Walk (10) Saturday 4th April 2009, from the Craven Arms, Brockhampton

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

 

Ten members and friends of North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA met up at Craven Arms at Brockhampton on Saturday April 4th for the tenth pub walk, the fourth of 2009. We were pleased to welcome Patrick Phair and John Barrett from Gloucestershire Branch and John Ross from Shakespeare Branch with his daughter.

 

We were greeted by Craven owners Bob and Barbara (Photo 4) and ordered lunch before setting off in glorious spring sunshine. We borrowed the pub dog Max and a lead and turned left out of the car park before heading south. Another local dog, a friendly black Labrador attempted to join the group but we left him safely at the first gate before crossing the first field which was full of new born lambs. They seemed oblivious to the intrusion providing a great close up photo opportunity. Martyn Herbert had his new dog Max on the lead displaying admirable dog control but then admitted he had slept with him several times when helping at the Craven Annual Summer Beer Festival.

 

We passed Manor Farm before reaching Sevenhampton Church for more photos before dropping down a slope following the emerging River Coln (Photo 1) to the ford. A left turn at the road followed by a right took us further south towards Syreford, Uneventful as we left Sevenhampton past lovely secluded house and gardens other than when passing the next barn where we came across a very large bull lying contentedly across the public footpath. Next we came to the Syreford Plantation, one of the finest in the Cotswolds, a peaceful shady place, not to be missed.

 

Emerging at the Wittington to Andoversford Road we turned left for a quarter of a mile before turning left onto a bridleway climbing steadily to the North East. Views emerged in all directions as we reached the hilltop, (Photo 2) time for more photos of the Brockhampton valley. Two more miles and we turned left to drop back into Brockhampton down the steep road entering from the East past many attractive cottages and some larger houses,

 

Back at the Craven at 1215hrs on time we decided to eat in the sheltered garden next to a farmerís field with several Emus peering over it with great interest. Four Real Ales on offer:- Otter Bitter, Butcombe Bitter, Doom Bar and Wye Valley Butty Bach (Photo 4) all in excellent condition.

 

We lunched in fine weather around a large round table (Photo 3) with Max sitting next to us ready for another walk. We agreed this was a most enjoyable walk in glorious countryside concluding with a fine lunch at our North Cotswold Branch 2009 Pub of the Year runner up.

 

Our next Walk is on Saturday 9th May starting from the up and coming Fossebridge Inn, at Fossebridge, 3 miles South of Northleach on the Fosse Way..Meet in the pub car park at 1030hrs for a circular sweep to the north around the superb Colne Valley, Stowell Park and Yanworth. Then back for lunch at 1230 hrs in a delightful garden, weather permitting with St Austell Tribute, Proper Job and Hooky.

 

Report and Photos by Roger Price

 

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Pictures taken on the walk:

 

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