18 walkers turned out for this walk, all well wrapped up as we were promised biting cold winds. We met Angela at Hailey and commenced the walk. The area around the green was very picturesque with a variety of trees and with a memorial at one end. There was a short road walk before joining a footpath and entering a very long avenue of trees. The majority of the walk was beautiful with the ground being covered in a carpet of leaves, which many of us enjoyed listening the rustle beneath our feet and the odd kicking of them into the air.
Several large remote houses were visible between the hedgerows. Leaving the footpath, we crossed the B4022 road to continue the footpath again past Chasewood Farm. Here we joined the course of the Roman road Akerman Street which linked Cirencester to Bicester. Following the track through open fields we saw Leafield Church to our right and Witney Church and Didcot power station to our left. We came to a cross of two concrete tracks which were part of a World War II airfield. A short length of road walking came next and then we joined a byway towards Orchard Farm. Reaching farm cottages, we stopped for a breather and then walked along another byway, Pay Lane, and through some woods. At the end of the woods we crossed the B4022 again and walked down St John’s Lane. The Wychwood Project volunteers had reconstructed a dry stone wall on this byway. Continuing to the end of the wood we came to a lane, which led to the road where we had started from and back to our cars. It was a great walk with great company, and we had managed to stay sheltered from the wind. Thank you to the car drivers. The next long walk is to Hazel and Jane’s at Black Bourton on the 18th December, where we will have coffee and mince pies, and then walk back again. Pam