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The Plough, Cold Aston, Walk (4) Saturday 30th August 2008

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  Roger Price and Peter Rowe led the latest walk around the Plough at Cold Aston on 30th August. The weather was dry for once and the sun was threatening to come out for most of the 5 mile route taken from the excellent book "Pubwalks in the Cotswolds" by Colin Handy. The CAMRA members really enjoyed this tremendous walk starting at 10-30 promptly, everyone turned up on time and followed a route along the Macmillan Way to Turkdean, then a road section north to Notgrove and finally returning to Cold Aston via the Gloucestershire Way. The last section through an avenue of Beech Trees was an unusual feature and a part of the Gloucestershire way that must be experienced. Having set a good pace we arrived back at the Plough and sampled excellent Donnington BB and Hooky washed down with North Cotswold Pigbrook. The Olives and peanuts are also recommended. This pub whilst not currently featured  in the good beer guide, normally offers three well kept real ales as mentioned and very good food. Positioned on a walking route it is well worth a visit in the centre of a very pretty village opposite the green. All three villages on this walk are real gems within the Cotswold district.


Report by Roger Price.


  Pictures taken on the walk:




The Plough at Cold Aston before opening time and before we set off.


A magnificent tree in Turkdean. Both here and at Cold Aston, such trees were a feature of the two villages.



This photo was taken just outside Turkdean, on the road to Notgrove. We saw very few vehicles on the walk, let alone a bus. If you arrived at this bus stop at 09:41 on Wednesday, you would have just missed the only bus that stops here, and the next one would not arrive for a week! Alas the sign promises far more. However Pulhams, who operate this weekly service, must be thanked for providing it to/from Cheltenham, and serving highly rural areas such as this.

Further along the same road, the lack of traffic is just as well; else our Secretary might not be willing to stand where he is! The rest of us are admiring the fine view of the distant valley in a safer position.