Short Walk 8th October – Greystones Nature Reserve Bourton on the Water – approx 3 miles

We left Carterton for our Journey to Bouton on the Water with 20 members and met Stephen and Mary there.

Can you spot the snake?

The nature reserve is open to the public all year round, and features rare trees, ancient hedgerows, the River Eye, and a lake bursting with wildlife. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildflower meadows.  People have farmed and lived at Greystones for 6,000 years.  Today it is run by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust as a place where nature can thrive and for people to explore. Part of the reserve route was either flooded or very muddy so we made up a walk to fit the 3 miles.  Some of the way we followed the Time Travel Trail and some of the Wildlife Trail.  At Greystone Farm they have an information office, café, toilets and one or two farm machinery exhibits.  It is a farm where the cows milk themselves.  On my recce I was thrilled to see this in operation, very fascinating.  The cows are sometimes crafty, after they have milked they receive a treat; some keep going round and round just to get another treat!  There is also a Site of a former Iron Age town and a Roundhouse.  It was an interesting and fascinating walk. Leaving the farm we walked back into the village and chose different cafes for our lunch.  Thank you to the car drivers.  Our next short walk will be on Tuesday 12th November at Eaton Hastings.  Pam

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