Annual Coach Outing To Burford 12 May 2018
On Saturday May 12th, thirty-nine members and guest of Winslow District Ramblers group set out for their annual coach outing to the attractive town of Burford, gateway to the Cotswolds.
The first and essential stop was at the Cotswold Gateway Hotel for tea and coffee and a chance to put on our walking boots in readiness for our walk. This year we changed the format to one longer walk rather than the usual two walks, with a free afternoon to browse the shops, museum and other attractions of this historic town.
The circular walk of five and a half miles started from the hamlet of Fulbrook and was through an attractive woodland valley and farmland. It ended with a lovely stretch along the banks of the River Windrush. The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot, with a gentle breeze. No cows in sight until we got to the fascinating little church of St Oswald at Widford where we had our apple stop. This small church was built by the monks of Gloucester on the site of a former Roman villa and stands in the middle of a hill. After 1859 the church was not used for 40 years and fell into serious disrepair. Sensitive restoration in 1904 brought it back to life and also revealed the attractive wall painting of the 14th and 15th centuries. Another feature are the pews which are still used by local people when services take place.
We then went on to the Windrush Valley where the river was in full spate and being used by ducks and other wildlife. Several stiles along this strech of the walk had to be negotiated and with such a large group this took some time but there were no complaints. Our walk then led us back along the side of the road to Burford, where several members were seen rewarding themselves with cream teas and some retail therapy. At 4.30 it was time to board the coach and make our way home after an enjoyable day.