Great Cotswold Walk – North Loop

Great Cotswold Walk – North Loop, 33 Caches, 6 Miles, Gloucestershire

First in series: GC4AYHK walked on: 26/05/2013

After lunch I relocated to the small village of Ablington to do the northern loop on the Great Cotswold Walk series. On the way we passed the famous Arlington Row, it was nice to see but being a bank holiday weekend, it was busy with tourists and cars.  By now it was a glorious afternoon and I even slapped on a little sun protection! I walked through the village yesterday so knew where a good place to park would be.  We left the village along the riverside passing some kennels.  I met up with some lost muggles and helped them find the path they were looking for.  The first leg of the walk took us along a track known as Potlicker’s Lane, the path was almost blocked sheep with their lambs, we even helped return an escapee back into the field.

We then climbed Ablington Downs where we were rewarded with probably the best view of the whole series.

We carried along the path for about a mile before turning off and heading towards Winson, we took footpaths around the village through some woodlands offering some shade. There was nice section of the river along here that went through a field occupied by a few sheep, I let Pip have a swim in it to cool down.

From Winson, we headed to higher ground and towards Barnsley Park, privately owned estate. You got the sense that the paths around the estate and through the copses aren’t used that often as they are not as defined as all the others.  From Deadlands Copse, we began the walk back to Ablington, passing Hay Barn and then finally along Hay Lane.  Pip had a final paddle in the river before we set off for home.  This loop was the end of the Great Cotswold Walk series for us, it has provided two days of pleasurable walking in a wonderful location.

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