It was bright, dry morning, with barely any wind. A small, but cheerful band of GOC walkers gathered for a six mile walk at Swineford, between Bristol and Bath. This area. although only a few miles from either great city, is pleasantly rural, being situated at the southern flank of the Cotswold Hills, at the point where they roll down to the River Avon.
We soon passed through two attractive villages, Upton Cheyney and North Stoke before commencing our main ascent to a prominent hill fort, which dates back to the Iron Age and possibly beyond. After getting our breath back and admiring the views to the west towards Bristol, we moved on, passing along the side of Bath Racecourse to Prospect Stile, with panoramic views over Bath and the surrounding area. Onwards to Kelston Round Hill, which at 218 m, was one of the highest points on our walk, giving 360 degree views. It was here that we stopped for a leisurely picnic lunch.
Suitably refreshed, we followed paths and tracks, mostly downhill with good views most of the way, back to our starting point.
Thanks to all the walkers and Dave and Kevin for the photos.
John and Martin
(and i'll add my thanks for a very pleasant walk)