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Pub Walk (59) Saturday 28th March 2015, from the Coach & Horses, Longborough

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


 The 59th Pub walk started from the Coach & Horses (Photo 1) when ten walkers turned up for our fourth walk of 2015. After admiring the large stone Great Dane and ordering lunch we set off taking the road opposite the pub towards and past the church then shortly after turning left along a footpath heading North. Across the first of many styles (Photo 2) we crossed 5 fields following the Monarchs Way with fine rain continuing as we turned westwards via Thickleather Coppice.  Signs of Spring here with the first primroses appearing in sheltered spots.(Photo 3).


  At Upper Rye Farm we turned North then left at the Blackthorns and crossed over the drive to Seizincote House (Photo 4) before crossing 3 more fields on the well marked footpath. We could clearly see Bourton on the Hill to our right (Photo 5) with the weather drying up. Immediately south of Bourton on the Hill we turned sharp let onto the Heart of England Way ignoring the temptation of visiting the Horse & Groom on this occasion.


  Crossing over the next style which was well used (Photo 6) we came to Seizincote House (Photo 7). A splendid spot with a unique Indian styled house and a lake worth a future visit for a guided tour. We hurried on with the weather brightening and enjoying tremendous views to our left towards Stow.


  Soon we were back at Longborough Church (Photo 8) emerging close to the pub. Lunch (Photo 9) was rated highly for quality, service and excellent value with a score of 8. Beer on offer was Donnington Gold and BB with SBA not on this lunchtime. Most went for the Gold which was a definite 4 served by Landlord Joe McDonagh (Photo 10) recently of the New Inn Willersey/


  Many Thanks to Martin Jones for running this great walk and this pub has taken a huge step forward with Joe’s experienced touch. We highly recommend a visit.


  We have organised our 60th Pub Walk at 1030hrs at the Norman Knight Whichford on 2nd May. This will be a joint event with Shakespeare and N Oxon CAMRA Branches and is advertised on their websites and in their magazines.


Report by Roger Price


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