Arguably one of those halcyon days. A full day of October sunshine and a band of (24) souls, a good number of which were new and welcomed members to GOC. Perhaps a mile or so more than the advertised 9 miles, the walk was rewarded by stunning panoramic views and off the beaten track Cotswold villages of mellow stone.
Setting off from the tucked away village of Great Tew with its thatched cottages, little café and pub, through the estate parkland and up to Ironstone Hill with its sweeping views northward. Eventually we came into South Newington for the first coffee break. A gorgeous little hamlet that came as a surprise to even locals that had only ever passed by on the main road, unaware of the gems hidden behind.
Following the river Swere for a few miles, stopping of at Wigginton for lunch in its church yard, we skimmed past the village of Swerford out and over to Little Tew ending back at our starting point.
Nothing completes a days walking like a beverage at the local pub, that was ably provided to us by the Falkland Arms.
Many thanks to all that attended and made the day so enjoyable.