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Pub Walk (97) Saturday 1st February 2020, from the Horse & Groom, Upper Oddington

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale


  Sixteen walkers turned up at Upper Oddington in fine dry weather for the 97th Saturday Pub Walk. This was the 4th walk here to welcome new owners Warren and Norman who in their first year have won the Autumn Seasonal POTY award. We held 3 previous Walks at this great pub. Walk 25 and 45 when Simon and Sally owned it, the second due to them wining Pub of the Year in 2013. Then Walk 75 in 2017 for new owners the Redesdale group who sold in 2018 to the present team.


    We set off after the customary group photo (Photo 1) uphill passing a road turn on the right until reaching a footpath on our right. Some mud here following months of rain but soon across the stile onto drier high ground. Left at a junction of paths to the reservoir for a great view and (Photo 2). Now heading west past Stow Rugby Clubhouse then past Paddocks emerging at the entrance to Martins Hill on the road from Stow to Bledington. Left here on the road heading south east taking the second footpath on the Left. Great views all around (Photo 3) before heading due north emerging at the entrance to the Rugby Club (Photo 4). Immediately taking the footpath on our right across two fields then left at the next stile.


    Downhill skirting a large house under construction emerging at a road turning left then right uphill to the road linking Upper and Lower Oddington. Left downhill to Lower Oddington Church where right onto a footpath skirting the Churchyard then downhill across two paddocks (Photo 5) before turning right onto a lane back to the pub passing houses with many Snowdrops (Photo 6)


   A great lunch was enjoyed in front of the log burner (Photo 7) washed down with a choice of Goffs Jouster, Prescott Hillclimb or North Cotswold Best (Photo 8)


   The next walk is the 98th on 1st March at the Royal Oak at Andoversford.


Report by Roger Price


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