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The Bakers Arms, Broad Campden, Walk (5) Saturday 25th October 2008

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  Eleven members and friends of North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA met up at the Bakers Arms Broad Campden for the latest weekend walk organised by Branch secretary Roger Price. Relaxing after the recent hectic Branch Beer Festival and back to more normal sedate activities we faced a four mile circular walk to the south of the Bakers.


  Weather was fine but the light wind showing signs of approaching winter required everyone apart from Martyn Herbert to don wind proof jackets.


  After ordering the lunchtime food prior to setting off at 1030hrs along the Monarch’s Way climbing up the hill in clear conditions with stunning views back to Chipping Campden and Ebrington in the distance.


  No dogs with us today but plenty of pheasant and grouse apparent escaping from distant shooting parties. After 20 minutes exertion (Photo 1) we turned 90 left and followed a hedge sheltering us from the southerly wind (Photo 2) and reached Campden Hill Farm (Photo 3). Moving on we crossed the famous 5 mile drive, unfortunately not a public footpath and eventually emerged to the road at Beech Plantation. Turning North after waiting for stragglers we headed back towards Broad Campden conscious of opening time at 1200hrs and the waiting lunch.


  The descent to Campden down a steep field was muddy in places but fortunately did not contain the advertised bull. The last footpath adjoining some gardens and waterfall was a delight, emerging at the Church. Arriving at the Bakers exactly on time we remove our boots and settled in pole position for lunch in front of the well provisioned bar (Photo 4).


  Donington BB, Purity Gold, Stanway Stanney Bitter, Wells Bombardier, and Tetley Bitter were as usual served in excellent condition. Accompanied by very good value food this was a fitting conclusion to a most enjoyable walk. We look forward to the next one at the Royal Oak at Andoversford on 22nd November.


Report by Roger Price



  Pictures taken on the walk:




Photo 1


Photo 2



Photo 3

Photo 4 – Inside Bakers Arms