Alongside the Christmas festivities, it is good to go outside, have some exercise and see some more of our beautiful countryside.
The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens have organised a series of walks for you to enjoy throughout the Southern Cotswolds. The details of each walk are below. Only assistance dogs are allowed on these walks and donations to the Countryside Fund are collected at end of them.
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SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2017
Lansdown Views and Valleys. 5.5 hrs 10 miles. Strenuous. Start at 10.00 am at Lansdown Park and Ride OS Map 732681. We start with spectacular views from Lansdown, descend to Weston Village and then back to the Lansdown ridge again before descending to the delightful Swainswick Valley. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Leaders: John Bartram and John Walker.
WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2017
Winter Stride along the Cotswold Edge to Tyndale. 3 hrs. 5 miles. Moderate. Start at 10.00 am at Wotton Under Edge, at top of hill on Old London Road, leading from Wotton to the B4058. Parking on the roadside at the top or further along by the Scout Camp. OS Map ST 754943. A relatively short walk through the Westridge Woods, passing the Iron Age fort at Brackenbury Ditches and on to the famed Tyndale Monument. We plan to take in the gully of the old Cotswold Way route towards North Nibley. Lunch available in Wotton after the walk.
Leaders: Derrick Hildersley and Les Jones.
FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2017
Coffee morning walk no. 3 “Fort and Court”. 4 hrs. 5.5 miles. Moderate. Start at Beaufort Arms pub., Hawkesbury Upton. OS map ST 777869. Meet for coffee at 10.00 am., start walk at 10.30 am. taking us south to Petty France then west to the strategically situated Iron Age fort at Horton Camp. We return to Hawkesbury passing Horton Court on route. Lunches available at pub after the walk if required.
Leaders: Eric Brown and Chris Gill.
MONDAY 1ST JANUARY 2018
Hills and Valleys around Combe Hay. 3 hrs. 6 miles. Moderate.
Start at 10.00 am at Cross Keys pub. Southstoke Road, Combe Down, Bath. OS Map ST 748619. A New Year’s Day walk to Upper Midford, Combe Hay and walking part of the disused Somerset Coal Canal. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Leaders: Wilf Dando and Pauline Vincent.