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February 2014

The stormy weather continues this month.  A careful look at the forecast does show breaks in weather and it has been a welcome relief to get out and even see blue sky and the sun!

   A short walk around Sherborne was planned to see the snowdrops.  We were not disappointed with the beautiful carpet of tiny white flowers.  The weather held for most of the walk and the landscape of rolling hills provided plenty of shelter for a walk around the village and surrounding area.  Definitely a place to return to throughout the year to see the changing seasons.

January 2014

It has been wet, very wet!  However, there has been gaps in the clouds and good numbers turned out for walks.  Always worth checking the forecast, so as not to miss the sunshine.

Croome Park was a delightful place to walk around with only one muddy field where the horses had trampled for food.  The walk took us around the estate and surrounding villages.  From some hills we could clearly see the flood planes, but we were well away from them.  The park itself proved interesting with its follies, observatories and remote buildings.


Painswick provided the perfect start to a glorious sunny Sunday. (Yes, the sun did shine in January and we made the most of it!).   The surrounding valleys and villages provided a stunning walk.  The lunch stop at Harescombe was at the 13th century church.  The walk back to Painswick was still in sunshine although it was clear the streams were very full.  Riley ( the dog) nearly took a swim across one stream, the rest of us were more sensible and took the foot bridge.

In contract, the walk near Sapperton was noted for how wet it was.  Well done to the brave few who went.  The wet came from all directions and the route became a shallow paddle at times.  Ending in the pub was a welcome respite allowing time to get warm and dry.

Events in December 2013

Christmas meal

This event was a usual well attended and a very sociable occasion.  The Rising Sun produced their usual high standard of food, the drink flowed and conversation was animated.   It was great to catch up with everyone. 

The new style membership cards, posters and information pack was launched to a good response.

Sunday Walk

Another good turn out of GOGs walkers for the walk around Sherbourne.  The picture postcard villages seem set back in time.  Views of the Sherbourne estate and house were magnificent as once again we had good weather.  The village tea shop proved an ideal end to the walk.  Definitely a place to come back to for further exploration.

24th November 2013

The penultimate section of the Cotswold Way!  A few people have made it to all walks and many more have joined for some of the walks.   We had a good days walk led by James.   This section saw us climb up and down the Cotswolds from Hailes Abbey to our walk's end.  It was a clear day with good weather and views to match.  The autumn colours seem particularly good this year.

17th November 2013

Despite the gloomy walk, John led a lovely walk in the Forest of Dean starting at Newnham.  See our facebook page for photos and full details.

10th November 2013

On a beautiful autumn day, we walked to Westonbirt Arboretum.  The colours of the countryside were stunning, in particular the Acer trees.   We paused for 2 minutes relfection at 11:00am as part of Remembrance day commemorations.  Many thanks to Adrian for leading the walk.  It is definitely a place worth visiting again.

7th November 2013

The AGM was held at the Sandford Park Ale House.  It was good to reflect on the successes of the year and remember the varied and enjoyable programme. 

A new committee was elected and look forward to 2014 by continuing and building on the successes of the group.


20th October 2013

We completed a good walk near Chepstow.  The weather forecast was not good but this did not deter the group.   An enjoyable time by everyone.   Thanks go to Jon for leading and organising the walk.


12th Ocober 2013 - Weekend away to Elan valley

As a favourite place to visit, Elan valley provided the opportunity for two longer walks on this weekend away.   The accommodation was a lovely cottage.  Evening meals were good home cooking provided by Sarah and Simon.