Short Walk round Horcott Lakes, Fairford 10th Juy 2018

The morning was slightly cooler to what it had been over the past few weeks.  18 members gathered to drive to Fairford.  Arriving in Fairford we parked in the car park near to the Church. The walk was advertised as 2.25miles  starting at the lake.  However, we added another mile on to the walk by walking from the car park.

For the first 200 yards we walked on the pavements passing Fairford Mill which has been there since the Medieval times and has a mention in the Domesday Book.  The current owners of the Mill are the Ernest Cook Trust.

A number of ducks were swimming in the River Coln together with a swan and her cygnets.  Several members spotted a large trout swimming in the water.

Just past the Mill we crossed the road and stepped over a stone stile into a meadow.  We crossed the meadow and came out onto the road which runs through Fairford.  A footpath took us along the side of some houses and playing fields and past Dilly’s Bridge which crosses over the River Coln.  The bridge has a sign on it which reads: “In Memory of Dilys, a much-loved Golden Retriever who spent 14 happy years in and around this stretch of the river Coln”.

We passed between several buildings before coming to the driveway of Horcott Farm.    The driveway took us to the main road, which we crossed, onto a gravel track.  After about 400 metres we came to the entrance of the lakes, 2 smaller ones and one larger.  There are numerous footpaths around and between the lakes.  It was such a lovely morning and with the sun and clouds reflecting on the water , swans dotted all over the lake made it very picturesque.  After walking the circle, we re-traced our steps to Dilly’s bridge and then took a pathway for a short distance, which led into Fairford town centre, and a café called the Coffee Post;  well worth a visit.  After refreshments we made the journey back to Carterton.  Fairford was getting ready for the Tattoo which is to take this coming weekend.  There were quite a few jet aeroplanes flying overhead, adding more interest to our morning. Thank you to the car drivers. 

Our next short walk will be on 14th August walking from Carterton to Hazel and Jane’s at Black Bourton. Pam

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