Last week I covered a lot of ground when out walking.
Saturday 10th April – Hazel and I parked at Alvescot Church; the walk took us down lanes, short burst of road walking and across fields; Little Clanfield was the first village to find; we had walked this once several years ago and found one stile we had to cross difficult to find. After exploring hedgerows and fields we finally found it. As we were about to cross the stile a family of 4 Roe Deer bounded across the field in front of us. The next field we walked through was full of ewes and lambs; then in the next field were 2 alpacas. Little Clanfield had two water mills on Little Clanfield Brook. One of them, Little Clanfield Mill, is now a private house but its machinery remains operational. Onward we walked to the edge of Clanfield and across fields (where we saw 2 more deer) back to Alvescot.
On Sunday 11th April – Janet and I had a relaxing afternoon walk from Asthall to Worsham. The sun was shining and the river rippling. After a gentle climb the views were beautiful. Arriving back at Asthall we could see that Asthall Manor were preparing for a sculpture event in May. Very peaceful and enjoyable.
Monday 12th April – It was quite a surprise to wake up to snow. My sister Sue and I decide on a walk at Bampton. It was lovely to see the glistening white of the snow. It was an exhilarating and uplifting walk.
Tuesday 13th April – This walk was in the afternoon for members who hadn’t walked during the pandemic. The sun was shining, the ground was flat and solid. Everyone was pleased to see each other and be able to catch up with friends they hadn’t seen for many months. This is definitely a repeat group walk.
Wednesday 14th April – Hazel, Ian , Steve, Pauline, Janice and myself , met at the sports ground in Bampton. Leaving Bampton we made our way over fields to Old Man’s Bridge over the Thames; this is quite near to Radcot Lock. Carrying on along the riverbank to Rushey Lock where we stopped for a short time for light refreshments before heading back to Bampton. We were fortunate enough to see a Muntjac deer, a Heron in flight and a Buzzard
Thursday 15th April – Ian and I did the walk I had done on the Saturday previous with Hazel, in reverse. Enjoyed once again.
Friday 16th April – Sue and I walked a Cogges loop in Witney and then stopped for a coffee at The Shed on the Leys.