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Pub Walk (18) Saturday 6th March 2009, from the Old White Lion, Winchcombe

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

 

Nine walkers and friends turned up at the Old White Lion Inn for the 18th of our Saturday Walks, this time organized by Martyn Herbert starting and finishing at the Old White Lion due to its change in cellar management and improved beer quality.

 

We set off at 1035hrs heading left from the pub then turning right at the road end crossing over and taking the next left turn past the White Hart down the hill in a southerly direction. This is a lovely part of Winchcombe and shortly we crossed over the young River Isbourne and took a footpath on the right which after a while brought us to Sudeley Castle. Passing through the kissing gate with the visitor centre ahead we turned right immediately and took another gate ahead.

 

The weather was dry, with little wind and very pleasant after the recent freezing conditions. Shortly passing a play fort on the right we came to another gate after which we crossed parkland leaving  Sudely Castle behind to our left. Continuing on the Wardens Way we reached a lane turning left after resting to recover from the climb (Photo1) and to take in the outstanding views of the Winchcombe valley that had opened up behind us.

 

At the road junction a short detour downhill, then right at Sudeley Hill Farm then immediately right onto a footpath leading back up hill. The going was tough up hill for over a mile amongst flocks of wintered sheep ready for Spring stopping at St Kenelms Well for the obligatory photo (Photo 2) and a rest. Further on nearing the top of the hill we turned left adjacent to a pen with several Old Spot Pigs.

 

Walking downhill past Stancombe Wood, back towards Winchcombe the views were tremendous particularly with the sun starting to shine. (Photo 3) Emerging at a road at the bottom of the hill we turned right for  a few hundred yards past a huge buttress wall then turned left on a footpath taking us back across a level field to Winchcombe.(Photo 4) We were back where we started and turning right we walked uphill back to the Old White Lion. (Photo 5)

 

This was a new pub to some of us but the Donnington BB and London Pride were in excellent condition and the Pride soon ran out. The food was reasonably priced and well cooked. In Summer or busier .times three ales are offered.  The Landlord was on holiday so we missed him but Martyn said he had also taken over the Corner Cupboard recently so that may be on the upward trend soon.

 

Our next walk on 10th April is organised by Carol Price starting and finishing at the Mousetrap Inn at Bourton on the Water at 10.30am. The walk takes in attractive country and lakeland around Bourton not usually encountered by the tourists. The Mousetrap has three well kept real ales. Cotswold Way as standard and two guest ales, Tom Long and Proper Job currently. Parking at 6 Greenlake Close GL54 2PR. First on the left off the Fosseway. A short walk from the pub.

 

Report by Roger Price

 

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Pictures taken on the walk:

 

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^ Photo 5 ^ Old White Lion