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Pub Walk (16) Saturday 30th January 2010, from the Kilkenny Inn, Andoversford

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

 

This walk was rearranged from the original date of 9th Jan due to heavy snowfall and luckily the weather was perfect for this new date. A dry sunny day with frozen ground freezing the soft areas. Five keen walkers set off from the Kilkenny car park at 1030am following the route selected by Martyn Herbert who had planned this walk allowing alternate routes to suit the conditions. The rural route was selected and we turned right from the car park then right again at the road to Upper Dowdeswell. Then within a few yards we took a footpath to the left across fields heading in a NW direction.

 

The walking was easy across two fields with fine views in all directions from this Cotswold high point. We emerged onto a farm track heading West to Castle Barn Farm. Other walkers appeared plus a shooting party with a small white dog that decided to join Martyn. Past the farm yard we went straight on at the farm gate which allowed us to get rid of the dog.

 

A further two fields brought us to a wood (Photo1) which we passed on the left side across a style walking through the margins of the wood close to the main A436. A further half mile in the wood  we came to a junction of paths with our route to the left clearly marked. Carefully crossing the road we entered the Immaculate Pegglesworth Estate on a driveway public footpath leading downhill to Home Farm. This is a truly superb example of a Farm (Photo2) which we passed on the left via a footpath that swung 90 right passing three spring fed lakes on our right. (Photo 3)

 

A further mile along the well marked track, ignoring tracks to left or right we emerged on a lane close to Foxcote Hill Farm and turned left. At the next bend we turned right onto a named footpath heading towards Foxcote.( Cross the fence on the right at the first opportunity unlike us). We then headed down hill pausing to admire the superb panoramic view (Photo 4) before joining a track at the bottom heading NE for three fields emerging on the Foxcote lane where we turned left up the hill ending back at the Kilkenny Inn junction. (Photo 5)

 

Closer to 5 miles than 4, this was a superb walk, highly recommended and suitable for any weather conditions. Thanks to Martyn Herbert.

 

Lunch was taken in the conservatory at the Kilkenny Inn, a Charles Wells Pub under new management in the last year with much improved beer quality. St Austell Tribute and Youngs Bitter were on offer, both in good condition. (Photo 6)

 

Our next walk is at Broadwell, nr Stow around the Fox Inn on 6th February 2010

 

Report by Roger Price

 

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Pictures taken on the walk:

 

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^ Photo 5 ^ Kilkenny

^ Photo 6 ^ Refreshment