On a bright, if slightly overcast spring morning, the group assembled outside the village hall at Hawkesbury Upton for this pretty south Cotswolds walk. Walking through the cricket field we joined a path down through the woods smelling of wild garlic, which was in profusion. We crossed a flower filled meadow to reach Hawkesbury parish church nestling in the foothills of the Cotswold escarpment.
After following a lane we turned across more meadows and several local commons to reach our lunch stop on a hillside overlooking a beautiful valley with mature trees and meadows, typical of this area in late spring.
Suitably refreshed, we climbed up a short hilly field before dropping down slowly to the village of Hillesley (known prior to the 1980’s as Hillsley) and then a longer climb up through more flower filled woods to the top of the escarpment. Making our way across fields and a short stretch of road to the Somerset monument, erected in 1846, we got back to our starting point in Hawkesbury Upton, with the Beaufort Arms close by for refreshment.
Thanks to all those who came along and made it such an enjoyable day.
JAB/MS 19 May 2019