Wall

Wall

Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

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Chipping Camden church

Chipping Camden church

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The dip before Blockley

The dip before Blockley

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The final climb after Blockley

The final climb after Blockley

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Lowing herd

Lowing herd

And in the field behind, you can see the local hunt, the cause of the disturbance, Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

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Field

Field

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Circular building, near Paxford

Circular building, near Paxford

Called the "Round House". Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

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Moreton-in-Marsh Circular walk

Peaceful walk through the gentle hills of the Cotwolds with great views and charming honey colored villages

History

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.

Date # Post
Wed, 01-Jun-16 5

A midweek day walk -Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

An early summer jaunt in the picturesque Cotswolds

Book 3* Walk 115

* Online only

Length : 20 km or 12 miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh
Calling stations are:
  1. Slough: departs 10:36
  2. Reading: departs 10:52
OK, so the train doesn't stop at Ealing Broadway, so EBers might consider catching the 10:05 am Oxford train changing at Slough to join the Paddingtonians train.
Note that the Bakerloo line doesn't stop at Paddington at the moment, so walkers may find it easier to catch a Central Line tube to Queensway where it takes about 8 minutes to walk to Paddington.

Meeting point : Moreton-in-Marsh Station at 11:56

Brief Description

With Summer apparently upon us and serious mud just a dim and distant memory, this week's mid-weeker sets off to the Cotswolds.
Hopefully, Great Western Railways will perform better than Southern Rail last week.
As ever, you may find full details of the walk here and a Kindle download page here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Churchill Arms, Paxford GL55 6XH T:01386 594000. Nouvelle Cuisine. An early lunchtime stop 7km from the start of the walk.
The Bakers Arms, Broad Campden GL55 6UR. T:01386 840515. More traditional food. 10km from the start of the walk.
The Great Western Arms, Station Road, Blockley, GL56 9DT. T: 01386 700362 for a late lunch stop

Suggested Tea/Supper stops

There are many tea or supper stops in MiM
If I recall correctly, The Spice Room was a recommended Thai/Indian restaurant.
More eating possibilities here

Map

OS Explorer OL45

Return train times

Trains return from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington at the following times ...
17:32 (A one and a half hour journey)
18:05 (A two hour journey)
19:26 (A one and a half hour journey)
20:47 (A two hour journey)
21:41 (A two hour journey)
It may be possible to shorten the 2 hour journeys by changing at Oxford or Reading. You may plan your most convenient return journey at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Please could you check if the walk description is complete? I may be missing something but it looks as if it stops at Chipping Campden. I would be reluctant to try it without the full directions.
RSVP! Thank you, Kate H
Hello Kate, I've just looked at the instructions which are a little sparse. I've been able to suss out the return journey from Chipping Campden which looks like it passes through Broad Campden and Blockey then onto MiM.
I'm intending to go on this walk with map and will take the opportunity to expand and complete this walks details.
AD
Thank you for your reply Arthur. If it's not raining as hard as it is today I'll be there. Somehow all my supposedly waterproof clothes don't keep the rain out for long.
I'll aim to get the 1022 from Paddington. Kate H
SORRY BUT THE LACK OF DIRECTIONS PUT ME OFF GOING ESPECIALLY READING THE COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WALKERS. ALSO THE WIND AND GLOOMY LIGHT CONDITIONS.
5 on this walk with another appearing at the end of the walk (having been thwarted by a 'signal failure' at Ealing Broadway)
The weather was overcast with a cool northerly breeze but no rain.
Arthur Dent and Stargazer were seen to murmur copious notes into their recording devices (so that those who like written instructions could enjoy this walk in the future)
We passed glorious Cotswold scenery with hawthorn in full blossom and stopped for lunch at "The Churchill" in Paxford.
The afternoon section passed through the scenic villages of Broad Campden and Blockley (with the largest collection of Bulls I've ever seen and also some stunning scenery between the two villages)
Blockey, nestling in a valley is full of yellow Cotswold stone dwellings and probably one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.
Then a climb out on the Monarchs/Heart of England Way to Park and Century plantations before a gentle descent through endless meadowland adorned with bountiful buttercups back to MiM. There, four had a drink in the Black Bear Inn before we all caught the 7:26pm back to Paddington.
Some slept on the train while others discussed English literature and sipped wine. A great day out despite the dreary weather.
Superb to have such fun on a deeply grey day. Quite a heave up hill and down Dale in the 4 hours walking between a delicious lunch at Paxford and a cup of tea back in Moreton in Marsh. Great company. Must do more walking! Kate H
Wed, 02-Sep-15 8

Mid week day walk - Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

Moreton-in-Marsh Circular

Last of the Summer Wine in the Cotswolds

Book 3* Walk 115

* Online only

Length : 20 km or 12 miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am train from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh
Calling stations are:
  1. Slough: departs 10:36
  2. Reading: departs 10:52
Meeting point : Moreton-in-Marsh Station at 11:56

Brief Description

With the nights rapidly drawing in and the scope for longer, more distant walks receding, I thought this would be a fitting jaunt as summer wanes.
As ever, you may find full details of the walk here and a Kindle download page here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Churchill Arms, Paxford GL55 6XH T:01386 594000. Nouvelle Cuisine. An early lunchtime stop 7km from the start of the walk.
The Bakers Arms, Broad Campden GL55 6UR. T:01386 840515. More traditional food. 10km from the start of the walk.
The Great Western Arms, Station Road, Blockley, GL56 9DT. T: 01386 700362 for a late lunch stop

Suggested Tea/Supper stops

There are many tea or supper stops in MiM
If I recall correctly, The Spice Room was a recommended Thai/Indian restaurant.
More eating possibilities here

Map

OS Explorer OL45

Return train times

Trains return from Moreton-in-Marsh at the following times ...

18:05 (A two hour journey)
19:26 (A one and a half hour journey)
20:47 (A two hour journey)
21:41 (A two hour journey)

It may be possible to shorten the 2 hour journeys by changing at Oxford or Reading - please check.

Would it make more sense to start an hour earlier as it is a long journey and it seems late to start walking close to midday?
No Fi, us regulars are happy with post 10 starts midweek ! price of tickets etc,.
There is a bus from Blockley, if you wish to shorten the walk by 2 miles. I think it goes about 4:16 PM. For those without free bus travel there is the Plusbus option with the train ticket.
Hello! Will this be going ahead tomorrow? I have been thinking of heading up that way. I've followed a few of your walks but never in a group before.

Regards,

Mark
Hi Mark, yes First Great Western willing.
If you're travelling by train, you should find us in the middle of the train. Alternatively we normally do introductions on the station platform which will be Moreton in Marsh just before noon

Thanks Arthur, but I'm going to do one a little closer to home today after all quite the distance to travel with a the large % of rain. Have a joyous time!
8 mostly dry with late showers
delayed outbound train, a fine walk, some slow service at the lunch pub in paxford, with small portions delivered in a very staggered fashion, the vanguard had only 15 mins of rain and time for a bevvie before boarding the (also delayed) 18.05 train.
Sat, 27-Jun-15 15

Saturday Third Walk

Extra Walk 115: Moreton-in-Marsh Circular – A peaceful walk through the Cotswold

Length: 12.3 miles (or just under 15 miles if extended)
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:21 First Great Western Train to Worcester from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh, arriving at 10:59. Return trains from Moreton-in-Marsh are hourly at 16:41, 17:44, 18:45, 19:45, 20:43 and 21:52. Buy a day return to Moreton-in-Marsh. At long last, FGW has added a Saturday train that leaves at the appropriate time for this walk – this will give people more time to enjoy this gem of a walk and/or explore the extension to Chipping Campden.
This walk makes a peaceful circuit through the Cotswold, passing through the picturesque villages of Paxford, Broad Campden and Blockley, allowing ample opportunity to rehydrate. The countryside in the afternoon is particularly pretty with many delightful vistas across the gentle rolling Cotswold landscape.
There is an option to extend the route by a little over 2.5 miles by adding visits to Ebrington and Chipping Camden. It is also possible to shorten the walk by taking a bus from Chipping Camden (15:45/17:50) (as well as Blockley (16:16 or 18:21)) back to Moreton-in-Marsh (Johnsons (Henley) Route 21/ johnsonscoaches.co.uk/ 01564 797 000). If planning on a bus, it is recommended that you verify the exact time for your desired pick-up point. More information and the instructions for the walk can be found here.
With the earlier train option this year, for those not doing the extension, the logical lunch stop will be The Bakers Arms (01386 840515) in Broad Camden about 6 miles into the walk which serves traditional food until 2:00 PM. For those who take a later train or prefer an early more avant garde lunch, the Churchill Arms in Paxford (01386 593 159) which is 4 miles into the walk is the better choice – it serves somewhat upscale modern British food until 3:00 PM. Also possible, for those doing the extension, is the Ebrington Arms (01386 593 223) in Ebrington (on the extension about 1 mile beyond Paxford) which serves high quality main meals until 2:30 PM and serves snacks and sandwiches all afternoon. Larger groups should call ahead and provide some warning to any of these establishments.

Tea or afternoon drinks can be had at a variety of places in Chipping Campden (if doing the extension) or at the Bakers Arms in Broad Campden (if eating lunch at an earlier pub) or, possibly, the Great Western Arms (01386 700362) in Blockley – though the afternoon opening hours for this pub are presently unconfirmed. There are also many enticing options in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Enjoy the walk!
From Ealing Broadway, take 9:05am train to Slough, arrive at 9:27am, then connect to Moreton in Marsh train at 9:37am (change platform from 4 to 2)
15, hot and sunny
Lovely walk but hot and exhausting. Given the distance option has to be taken before lunch, the group was dispersed to small groups (in several 3 or 4 walkers) early on. I was in the standard distance group, 6 initially stopped at Churchill Arms but the food was very expensive, so 3 decided to march on to The Bakers Arms in Broad Camden. This proved to be a wise choice, lovely pub with traditional food and excellent setting. 4 others who had picnic then joined us. This made a nice group of 7 in the afternoon. We had ice cream and cold drink in Blockley, arrived at Moreton in Marsh at 6:10pm, all went to Tesco to get food and drink for consumption on the train before catching 6:45pm train back to London. A few things to note: in some places, the path was almost non existing, it was particularly bad in parts between Paxford and Blockley. The group battled through overgrown vegetation and a path blocked by a cow mother feeding her baby. With the encouragement of her sister, they refused to move from the path. Thanks to one walker who kept us calm and eventually moved cows. One suggestion for the next outing for this walk is to do the walk in reverse, have lunch at Broad Camden. This way the group could stay together in the morning and distance option only needs to be taken in the afternoon. It would be nice to hear from other walkers who did the longer version.
Saturday 27 June: there were five of us who did the longer option, which passed through lovely scenery with pleasant views. It seemed to add more than 2.8 miles to the walk, but that may have been the heat. Speaking personally I would have been quite happy to get the train from Chipping Camden if there had been one, but fortified by various sugary refreshments we finished the lovely afternoon, ending at Moreton at 8.15pm and just about managing to get our dins in the lovely Indian restaurant there in time for the 9.52pm train.

The Ebrington Arms was a nice play for lunch. It was fully booked, though mysteriously empty, inside. Perhaps many of the bookers had decamped to the garden, where tables are not reserved. The food, as seems universal in this area, was pitching itself at the smart set, but portions were not tiny (though nor were prices). For peasants such as myself they did offer bar specials, however, including a very reasonably priced burger that would have sunk the Titanic. Those who know me know I have a bit appetite but what with buns, onion rings, fries, about a centimetre or cheese and half a cow's worth of burger, this one kept me full for the rest of the day.

What was said about route finding for the main walk, I would reiterate. There are no directions for the extension and in places there was much head scratching about where the exit from the field we were in might be. Some public spirited person might write up proper directions for this popular walk.

Inicdentally, hot and sunny with fair weather cloud, or to put it another way a perfect Summer day (you have to put hyphens or dashes between all the weather words in order for them to be highlighted, Anonymous). This was a very well chosen walk for the conditions and time of year, so thanks to Stargazer for that.
PS: the main walkers made an impression on The Bakers Arms in Broad Camden. When we longer walkers put our nose round the door to see if anyone was still there, the landlady said "Are you looking for the Saturday Walkers?"

Re Walkers comment below: er.... that was probably me! After I departed from you at Chipping Camden I stopped off at the Bakers Arms for a pot of tea and as I was I think the only person there I talked to the Landlady a keen walker along with her mother about the club and suggested she check out the web site. Lovely pub and I think the idea of doing the regular walk in reverse so this pub becomes the default lunch option a good one. (perhaps later in the summer?)

I got back to MiM at 6.20pm just in time to say farewell to about 6 of the group who had stocked up on supplies from a supermarket and were off to catch the 6.45pm. I stopped off in the Bell which has been nicely refurbished
and had a light tea and drink before catching the 7.45pm train.

A lovely walk on a day which was more humid and tiring than I expected (or is that just age)!
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