Short Walk 13th March 2018

4 mile circular from Shilton-u-Wychwood to Milton-u-Wychwood

25 members started the walk by entering the Wychwood Wild garden through wrought iron gates into an avenue of Lime Trees. The garden has acres of avenues, woods and ponds, much of which was laid out in the 1860s, and provides a haven for wildlife including many breeds of ducks and birds. It is owned and managed by the local community and offered as a place of peace and tranquillity to local residents, guests and visitors to the area. A Cedar of Lebanon tree, which is possibly over 300 years old, is awe-inspiring. At the end of the avenue is a round pond from where the water runs over 3 small waterfalls and then flows into the river Evenlode. The pathways round the woods were all on man-made wood chipped paths, thus making it dry underfoot.

Leaving the garden is where the “fun” / or not started; from here it was very muddy, slippery and wet underfoot. Everyone took it in good heart with lots of laughs and banter. We walked beside several fields, of what we thought, were bamboo cane. One member wanted to play hide and seek in it!! Reaching a stream we came across a little display of garden gnomes sitting on stones. A couple enjoyed a paddle in the stream.

Leaving the muddy fields we had about a mile of pavement walking through Milton-u-Wychwood, described as a “chocolate box” village, where there are a number of interesting old buildings. Arriving at the Paddocks Care Home, that houses the Wychwood Pantry, we took off our boots and entered the café, which had a good selection of cakes, pastries and scones for us to try. Because the assistant was on her own we helped with the waitressing.

After our refreshments we had approx half a mile of road walking and then more muddy fields and puddles to get back to our cars. Thank you all for coming, your company and good humour.

Our next short walk is on 10th April at Church Hanborough. Pam

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