St Nicholas Church, Lowewr Oddington

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Adelstrop House, Adelstrop

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Tea stop St Mary's Church Chastleton

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When is a bus shelter not a bus shelter?

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MacMillan Way

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No Manège enchanté though!

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Kingham to Moreton in Marsh via Adelstrop walk

A First World War Remembrance Walk


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Tue, 29-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sun, 30-Apr-17 4

Sunday Walk – Remembering the First World War

Extra Walk 224 – Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh, via Adelstrop
Length: 17.7 km (11.0 miles). Toughness: 3/10

09:35 Great Malvern train from Paddington, arriving Kingham at 11:15. Buy a return to Moreton-in-Marsh.

Return trains from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington are hourly at 13 minutes past to 20:13, then 21:08 & 22:08.

You may have noticed events earlier this month celebrating the centenary of Edward Thomas, who died at the battle of Arras in April 1917. This Cotswold walk passes the location of his celebrated poem and it seems an appropriate time to commemorate this Anglo-Welsh poet and indeed all the other lives lost in the trenches. And while you will surely enjoy the walk for its scenery and pretty villages, do read the walk's introduction (and the poem) before setting out.

On a Bank Holiday weekend it seems unlikely that you'll be able to get lunch at the suggested pub (the up-market Fox Inn at Lower Oddington) unless you book ahead. The walk notes suggest some other eateries on or near the route but it would be wise to bring enough provisions to sustain you in case these prove equally problematic. There shouldn't be any problem getting fed and watered in Moreton-in-Marsh before the longish journey home, and with the relatively early start you might be in time for its tea rooms as well as its pubs.

You'll need to print the directions from this pdf document. T=swc.224
Yes, i remember Adelstrop
Table for 5 booked at The Fox for 12.45 (The only slot I could get). Please do not increase the numbers on this booking as you will simply be given a different ie much later time. One place for me, and so 4 more please.... on a first come first served basis.

The Lunch Monitor
Apart from the poem, Adelstrop also reminds me of Shropshire lad I see it as a similar yearning for bygone days

What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

I am welling up
Unfortunately we missed the memorial service for Edward Thomas which was held at St Mary Magdalene Church in Adelstrop on 9 April the date of his death. But do try to visit this lovely church if you can. I will unfortunately not be coming as that day I'll probably be ambling around the Duomo in Milan, a fairly impressive cathedral I believe.
Enjoy your day and hope the weather stays fair.
overcast blustery shower
Wed, 17-Aug-16 10

Midweek day walk - Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh via Adlestrop

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

Tickets : 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.

Brief Description

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


OS Explorer : OL 45

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.

Cheapest option seems to be to use split tickets.

Slough to Kingham return for £13.95

Can buy single for Moreton in Marsh to Kingham at £2.80

Leaving BZ6 to Slough return which will be just under £2.85.
Am catching the 10.05 from Ealing Broadway changing at Slough for the Hereford train and will have lunch as arranged
Now that the rainy weather is scheduled to arrive on Thursday I hope to do this walk. On 22.8.15 Anon! wrote some very useful comments and highlighted an alternative and slightly longer route from Adelstrop into Chastleton along the top of Adelstrop Hill. If you print off the walk's OS map you can see the public rights of way (s)he/they took. It looks a lovely ridge path offering superb views and I hope to walk this and have tea at the church. If it works I will incorporate walk details and add the route to the gpx file. All welcome to join me.
Two tables of 4 booked for lunch. If you did not RSVP on walk post or to Lunch Monitor, there is no guarantee that the pub will accommodate. There are only two places available for those who did not RSVP for the lunch just in case you want to pack a snack it's a long hot walk to the tombstone tea.
Can't find where to RSVP on this website. Can you tell me where it is?
Under, Brief Description, second para., under "here". Not sure it will help now, bookings made, two seats available. A great picnic walk.
10 alighted from the train at Kingham station 20 minutes late, but given FGWs general uselessness this probably counts as a result.

We set off in fine warm and sunny weather along rock hard bumpy trails near the river Evenlode, the terrain underlining just how difficult this stretch of the walk would be in wet and muddy conditions. Three of us had a picnic lunch in the blissful calm of St Nicholas Church in Lower Oddington which sadly was closed due to recent vandal/criminal activity! The epicures ate in the Fox which is pricey but very high quality. (The plaice looked so delicious that even as a veggie I was tempted! But you won't get much change from £20 for a main course.)
After lunch we ambled on to Adelstrop where we then explored a new and wonderfully scenic "higher" route to Chastletown for tea and delicious home made cakes at the "volunteer run cafe at St Marys Church. After this break we set off for Evenlode enjoying the eerie countryside quiet of a sun drenched August afternoon. Five of us rested on the village green whilst two pressed on to catch a 6pm train.
At M in M we had a drink and rest before catching the 19.26 train. A superb day out and many thanks to tartan rug for booking the tables at the Fox and for the return home "provisions" on the journey home.

PS. I will be up dating and amending the walk directions and gpx file to include the new Adelstrop to Chastleton route

Wed, 20-Aug-14 Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh
Sat, 14-Jun-14 20 Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh