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Pub Walk (78) Saturday 7th October 2017, from the Mechanical Music Museum, Northleach

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  Twelve walkers turned up at Northleach and parked in or near the Square for the 78th Saturday Pub Walk (Photo1). Note some of the group sporting the new North Cotswold CAMRA burgundy caps. Since the closure of the Red Lion locals have gravitated to the Museum offering two Real Ales with refreshments and a unique collection of mechanical musical instruments.


  Weather was sunny and dry as we set off after ordering lunch. Heading East along the main road towards Burford. Past the latest housing estate on the right we took a footpath to the right crossing a field then passing the sewage works we followed the valley bottom in a SE direction. Passing a lake to our left with its resident swans we paused at the entrance to a wooded area (Photo 2) to regroup and turned left uphill on a section of the Diamond Way. Continuing straight for three fields after emerging out of the tree line. At the road we again paused to regroup (Photo 3) before heading SW along the road to Eastington.


  This is a delightful easy walking section of the route with fine open views of grazing cattle to our left (Photo 4). A good walking pace downhill as we approached the delightful village of Eastington (Photo 5) before turning right into the village past allotments with amazing prize pumpkins (Photo 6). Onto a footpath heading North past another lake to our right (Photo 7). Past Middle End then take a footpath to our left just before Upper End emerging and turning right on the road back to Northleach. After a few hundred yards take the left turn back onto the Diamond Way for two fields taking the marked footpath to the right at Helens Ditch. This last section over two fields down to Northleach offers stunning views of the magnificent Church (Photo 8)


  Then into the Museum for a good value sandwich lunch accompanied by North Brew Company Best Bitter from the barrel or Ringwood Boondoggle from the pump. (Photo 9). Lunch was consumed in a very cosy dining area. (Photo 10)


  Followed by a complimentary visit to the museum (Photo 11) including a demonstration of a very early giant record player.


 The next walk is the 79th of the series on Saturday 4th November 2017 at the New Inn Willersey.


Report by Roger Price


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