Walking GroupEnjoy walks nearby or further afield
Our group meets regularly to enjoy a variety of walks, both local and further afield which are planned and led by one of our members. We have done walks of varying lengths starting from different villages including Deddington, Blenheim, Bloxham, Swerford and North Aston. Walking, chatting and appreciating beautiful scenery give us a healthy appetite for lunch or supper at a nearby pub or cafe.
Our most recent walk was a repeat of one much enjoyed by members two years ago. It was a good circular walk at Swerford on a fairly bright but chilly Spring morning,13 March. Along the way we stopped to admire the views over the hills, daffodils and the magnificent gates and waterfall in the grounds of a property hidden from view. There was also time to see the site of the former castle at Swerford and go inside the tiny church and admire the pews and a painting. We then continued on by car to Hook Norton Brewery where other members of our WI were waiting for us to share a delicious lunch in the Malthouse Kitchen. Although our numbers were down a bit due to health issues and concerns about coronavirus, a good time was had by all who participated on the day. Since then the virus appears to have taken grip so, sadly, this may be the last walk that we share for a month or two.
We started 2020 well with an excellent circular walk at Steeple Barton on a chilly February morning. The main purpose of the walk was to see the splendid swathes of snowdrops in the countryside and particularly in the grounds of Barton Abbey. A hearty bowl of soup at the Yurt rounded off an enjoyable morning.
In 2019 our programme included two evening walks along the Oxford Canal, a circular walk from Souldern, an evening walk through fields near our village and a circular walk from Deddington. The Souldern walk ended with supper at the Fox Inn in the village and after our Deddington walk we enjoyed coffee and conversation at our walk leader’s house. We rounded off the year with a circular walk in November at Begbroke, a walk which was new to most of us and which was followed by lunch at the Royal Sun.
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