Short Walk Moreton in Marsh and Batsford – 4 mile circular – 10th May 2022

It was unusual to meet in the car park in heavy drizzle.  Usually the weather for our walks is fine and dry.

Two cars left Carterton for Batsford Arboretum.  When we arrived 2 more members were waiting for us at the entrance to the long driveway leading to where we were going to park.  Unbeknown to us the Arboretum was closed for the day as they had no power.  Being a Tuesday, it was Market Day in Moreton in Marsh, so the Arboretum was a going to be a good alternative to park.  Our decision was to turn round and go back into the Town centre and try one of the side roads.  Luckily there was a field open with parking for £2 a day.  It was near to part of our walking route so that worked out well.

This was an easy walk over almost level ground using field paths and quiet lanes.

The fields were adorned with dandelion clocks, celandine’s, daisies, campion to name but a few wildflowers. In the fields were a number of animals, sheep with their lambs, horses and foals and a large herd of deer.  Also a litter of 18 piglets, we were undecided whether it was 1 or 2 litters.

Just before finishing our walk we were able to amble past the busy market stalls.

Thank you to Hazel and Ian for driving.  Also thank you to those who answered my plea for more car drivers.  

Our next short walk will be Bampton/Weald – after the walk Carol has invited us to take a picnic lunch to eat in her garden.  Pam

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