I returned to Quenington today to complete the series starting with the southern loop. I parked beside the River Coln alongside the river. It is another glorious morning and apart from a fisherman preparing his line, there were no other muggles about.
This loop picks up caches no.94 to 130 starting and finishing at Quenington. We began almost where we had left off yesterday. We had an initial uphill walk through some magnificent landscape and passing some huge trees.
At the top we walked around some fields enclosed with Cotswold stone walls and through Coneygar Farm where we had to walk through a small herd of cattle and some sheep. Despite there being several calves in the fields the cows weren’t at all bothered by Pip and I walk through them.
From the farm we headed south towards Donkeywell Farm, we had a DNF here unfortunately but you expect to get one or two on a trail this size. The first part of the track is marked as a road but you definitely would not want to take your car up it unless you have a 4×4! Or, a horse and cart which passed us by as we walked along the track.
We carried along the long track enjoying the sunshine and the views all the way to Fairford. At Fairford we had to cross through another field full of cows but again we went through unnoticed. In the middle of the field was an interesting old stone water tower which is no longer in use. We took a little detour to look at the weir and mill, where we saw a swan on her nest keeping watch over her signet, dad was in the water, well swanning around! A really lovely place. We then walked through the Ox Pens, an ancient agricultural building with wooden stalls which accommodated pairs of oxen which used to pull ploughs. The Ernest Cook Trust has restored the Ox Pens and created the garden and picnic area for all to enjoy.
From here we began the walk back along the Pitham Brook permissive footpath, the path is open everyday except Tuesday when the door through the Ox Pens is locked. This is a delightful walk along the quiet banks of the Pitham Brook along mainly flat grass tracks from Fairford to where we began at Quentington. Another lovely walk as part of the Great Cotswolds Walk.
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