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Pub Walk (11) Saturday 9th May 2009, from the Fossebridge Inn

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

 

  Fourteen members and friends of North Cotswold Branch and Glos Branch of CAMRA met up at the Fossebridge Inn on Saturday May 9th for the eleventh pub walk, the fifth of 2009. A very good turnout before our break for holidays and our need to concentrate on the Summer Beer Festival Season. This walk is adapted from “Pubwalks in the Cotswolds by Colin Handy - Page 58” with an extended route and has a different starting point to facilitate the Pub Lunch.

 

  Looking at my records I noted 7th November 2004 was my previous outing on this sortie with the comment, “excellent“. Since then much water has flowed and the Pub has been saved from conversion to Flats and is now thriving in the hands of Robert and Liz Jenkins and daughter.(Photo 1). The beer is also progressing well, which is why I have included it in our programme, but on with the walk.

 

  No dogs with us today, probably just as well with the number of lambs ahead of us in the farmland around the magnificent Stowell Park Estate. At 1040hrs we headed South West from the car park turning immediately right onto a well marked footpath but watch out for the nettles. Emerging at the minor road heading North to Yanworth Mill we turned right at the first public footpath crossing a field alongside the young River Colne, barely two metres wide at this point. (Photo 2). The water catchment  and springs in this valley in just 4 miles downstream create the wide river and major tourist attraction we all know at Bibury. Carrying on, views of Lord and Lady Vesteys House appeared on the hill ahead, dominating the valley. We crossed two fields emerging at Yanworth Mill.(Photo 3)

 

  Right past the Mill then immediately left over a stile and across one field to re emerge on the lane to Yanworth. A testing uphill section then right to the delightful Yanworth Church nestled between splendid farm buildings. A pause here to visit the Church with a most unusual wall painting of “Old Father Time “. Do not give up if you cannot spot it straight away. but well worth your patience. (Photo 4)

 

  Rested we carried on via the Macmillan Way to Oxpens Farm which you can walk through turning right and heading South to the East of Stowell Grove emerging  on the Yanworth to Northleach Road. Turn right back towards Yanworth but then turn left half way down the hill heading South taking the first footpath next to a cottage. This well marked path heads South for a mile and a half through bluebell woods and open country with outstanding views. Remember to look back at the Country House.

 

  We emerged on to the Fosse way at 1230hrs for a short walk back to the 300 year old Inn, originally called the Lord Chedworth Arms, for lunch (Photo 5 and 6)

 

  Three Real Ales on offer:- St Austell Tribute and Proper Job plus a local guest, currently Festival Amber. The Tribute and Amber were in excellent condition but unfortunately the Proper Job ran out just after we arrived though regular tastings have all been good previously. The food lived up to its reputation with a good value choice of snacks for walkers. Booking is recommended on weekends and, weather permitting, the 4 acre garden is outstanding with 8 fine bedrooms for guests.

 

  Walk No.12 will be in October. I have some ideas but let me know if you have any particular requests. The walks are not exclusively around GBG entries though we have given them priority so far.

 

 

 Report and Photos by Roger Price

 

Tel 01451 810305

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