Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh via Adlestrop
A stunning walk through the Cotswolds with charming villages of yellow stone homes including Adlestrop. It was here where poet Edward Thomas wrote a poem about his unexpected stop there in 1914 just prior to WW1. Sadly, he was killed a few years later whilst fighting during that same war in France
Book 3* Walk 224 *online only
Length : 18 km or 11 miles
Toughness : 3 out of 10
Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am Hereford train from London Paddington to Kingham.
Ealing Broadway peeps may join this service at Slough (departing 10:36) or Reading (departing 10:52)
Meeting point : Kingham Station at 11:46
The "official" ticket means buying a cheap day return to Moreton-in-Marsh (cheapest price for this option is £25-90 with any type of Railcard) However ... Canny ticket purchasers may wish to consider buying a Day Return from Slough to Kingham which costs £13-95 (any railcard) . Then buying a Day Return to Slough (if possible in combination with an Oyster Card covering Boundary Zone 6) and then a further Single ticket from MiM to Kingham.
GWR have completed their Engineering Works on this line and with it being high summer, a few regulars have expressed an interest in giving this walk an airing.
Rather than repeat pieces of the full description of the walk which may be found here
, I'll leave readers to discover the history and charms of this lovely walk for themselves at that link.
If you're intending to go on the walk and would like to have lunch at The Fox, may we ask you to email us here
with the number of places you'd like? (This particular Pub likes to be forewarned of numbers.)
Enjoy the walk! If you find that the journey or costs are too much for you, you might like to consider Thomas Grabow's evening walk through the art and vistas of East London (with a stunning elevated crossing of the Thames on Emirates Air Line at sunset)
Suggested Lunch stop
The Fox Inn
Lower Oddington, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0UR t: 01451 870862
Suggested Tea stops
Moreton-in-Marsh sports a few Pubs for an end of walk cuppa or tipple.
Bell Inn (01608 651688)
Black Bear (01608 652992)
Swan Inn (01608 650711)
White Hart Royal (01608 650731)
There's also a Co-op food store opposite the Black Bear where you may buy additional food and drink for the return journey
Return train times
Trains return from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington at the following times 15:52 | 16:24 | 16:45 | 17:32 | 18:05 | 19:26
Those requiring Ealing Broadway will need to change at either Reading or Slough and should check which connection works best for them.