Bibury – Coln St Aldwyn circular walk Tuesday 19th September 2017

On a beautiful autumnal morning 14 members gathered to transfer to Bibury where our walk was going to start from. The weather was just lovely and very warm so we were all shedding our outer coats. The walk was through beautiful countryside and small copse, with some quite steep hills. There was a variety of livestock in the fields and no-end of pheasants and birds flying around. We had 5 fly-pasts (joke in the walking group). Arriving back at Bibury we stopped at the café to purchase lunch and/or drinks; some sat in the café and others sat on the bridge next to the water and stunning gardens. A thoroughly enjoyable walk, good company and weather.

As usual there were large number of tourists visiting the village, two even joined us on the walk for a short while, as we had to pass through a field of cows and they were rather frightened of them.

Bibury is situated in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds on the River Coln. The village was once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’.

The village centre clusters around a square near St. Mary’s, a Saxon church. Some of the Saxon remains inside the church are replicas as the originals are housed in the British Museum.

One of the village’s main tourist spots and overlooking a water meadow and the river is Arlington Row, a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century.

Henry Ford thought Arlington Row was an icon of England. On a trip to the Cotswolds he tried to buy the entire row of houses to ship back to Michigan.

Bibury has provided the backdrop for blockbuster films including Stardust and Bridget Jones’s Diary. 

Because we started our walk in Bibury we didn’t actually go into the village of Coln St Aldwyns. This is a pretty Cotswold village with lovely cottages and the River Coln meandering through. The village rises up a sloping hill from the river, with traditional Cotswold stone cottages lining the High Street. Most of the cottages are 17th and 18th century, with a large number of later 19th century estate cottages built for the country house of Williamstrip Park. Like many Cotswold villages, the medieval prosperity of Coln St Aldwyns was built on wool, and most of the villagers worked at weaving. Late in the 18th century emphasis shifted towards farming.

Thank you all for your company and to the car drivers. Pam

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