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Pub Walk (13) Saturday 10th October 2009, from the Seven Tuns, Chedworth

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

 

Ten members of North Cotswold Branch and Glos Branch of CAMRA met up at the Seven Tuns Inn at Chedworth on Saturday 10th October for the thirteenth pub walk, the seventh of 2009,

 

This was a long anticipated event with two trial route assessments prior to the real thing. The weather was extremely kind to us and we were pleased to welcome John Barratt and Patrick Phair from Glos Branch who have both become regular walkers and like to follow the route on enlarged copies of the Ordnance Survey walkers map. After parking at the rear of the Seven Tuns, a Charles Wells GBG listed Pub and booking our lunches for 12-30, we set off. Not to forget to mention the close attention of the smallest pub dog I have ever seen.

The walk started on a footpath at the right hand side of the pub heading SE through a private drive before crossing a field and the disused railway embankment that used to link Cirencester and Cheltenham. Railway Buffs will be able to tell me where else it went. Descending steeply we turned right at the junction of paths heading South parallel to the old embankment crossing 5 fields and their respective stiles. Emerging at a road we turned right for 100yards and then back into a field on our left. This section called Well Hill along a valley of cut grass fields was truly stunning and a perfect suntrap. Emerging on a road heading West we forked left and then after half a mile a left turn up to Pancakehill. A Border Collie (Photo 2) watched our approach from a sunny perch on a wall posed for photographs before we climbed further up the hill. We followed a footpath on the left skirting Greenhill Farm rather than the bridleway further up the hill. This gives a much closer view over the Chedworth Valley and the properties therein. 4 fields later we crossed a lane, down through a steep path in a wood emerging on a road and turned right. Care with the route is required here. Follow the road for quarter of a mile and turn right up to Calveshill taking the first footpath on the left. This path passes a fine house with swimming pool, tennis courts, new fencing and gates. We carried on for three fields on a well marked path emerging at the narrow road that leads down to Chedworth. Follow this to the left only to the next bend, but carry straight on along a superb drive which is a public footpath. The path takes you around the right hand side of a fine country house before crossing the railway route. We then headed south passing the massive Church and down a path on the left emerging at the Seven Tuns. (Photos 5 & 6)

 

We presented Landlord Alex Davenport-Jones with his 2010 GBG pack and latest Edition before consuming a well earned lunch washed down with superb seasonal Kew Ale from Youngs.

 

Walk No14 around the Hollow Bottom at Guiting Power is next on 7th November starting at 1030am. This walk is a popular route featured in many Cotswold walking books and takes in part of the Diamond Way, Castlett Wood and back via Kineton.

 

Report by Roger Price

 

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Pictures taken on the walk:

 

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^ Photo 1 ^ Should we phone home?

^ Photo 2 ^ Iím not moving!

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^ Photo 3 ^ Seven Tuns from the hill

^ Photo 4 ^ St. Andrews, Chedworth

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^ Photo 5 ^ Pub in view at last!

^ Photo 6 ^ Still a few steps to go

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^ Photo 7 ^ Lunch!

^ Photo 8 ^ Cycling Home