Breakfast Walk from Faringdon, 13th June 2017

At 0745 on a beautiful, sunny and warm morning, 29 walkers made their way to Faringdon to the start of the walk. It was uphill to the Folly, from where we took in the views over 5 counties. Towards the north views of the Cotswold Hills and Gloucestershire and the meandering River Thames could be seen. In the distance to the East the Chiltern Hills and Buckinghamshire; To the South the verdant Vale of the White Horse and beyond to the chalk downs of Royal Berkshire. While to the West views over the market town of Faringdon, nestling below Folly Hill, the site of the Civil War ‘Battle of Faringdon’ 1645 – and onwards to Swindon and pastoral Wiltshire. This unique unusual 100ft Tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England. Hailed as ‘Britain’s finest 20th century Folly Tower’ and ‘One of the most important follies in Britain’. After admiring the views it was down hill over fields until we reached Faringdon Country Park, which has a large tennis complex, skateboard park and cricket and football facilities. The park was well kept and we enjoyed the walk round it on a solid footpath. On the edge of the park we saw a large number of rabbits playing in the sunshine, butterflies and a woodpecker. Arriving back at our cars we changed our shoes and made our way to The Sadlers olde-worlde café/shop for breakfast. The meals had been ordered in advance and they were soon served to the table together with our chosen drinks. The meals were excellent. If you are looking for a venue with a difference for a light lunch, this is the place to visit. They only open at weekends though. Thank you to the car drivers. Our next short walk will be on 11th July at Chadlington. Pam

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