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Bibury - 13 November 2007

Eleven of the Cleeve Buffers (Ann, David, Graham, John U, Linda, Margaret W, Martin, Mick & Marie, Richard and Terry) met as planned, in preparation for a circular walk around Bibury and the River Coln. As we gathered in the car park, outside the Catherine Wheel, the weather was overcast but it was dry and mild once again.

The area is actually composed of two villages, Arlington and Bibury, on opposite sides of the River Coln, midway between Cirencester and Burford. Bibury exhibits all of the charm one expects from a cotswold village and none other than William Morris described it as "the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds".
The walk took the Cleeve Buffers across open farmland, a beautiful open valley, tracks and minor roads. Along the route the splendid autumnal colours were widely appreciated.
Midway through the walk, the group stopped for interim refreshments and a further chance to catch up on each other's news.
Having made good progress during the walk, the Cleeve Buffers had time to visit the Saxon church of St Mary, situated near to the village centre, before continuing to the famous cottages in Arlington Row, a fine group of cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the sixteenth century.
Having visited Arlington Row, we walked alongside the water meadows and crossed the River Coln once more before returning to our cars to remove rucksacks and muddy boots before going in to the pub for lunch.
Once inside the beautiful fifteenth century inn we were made most welcome by the landlady and our charming waitress (who was very upfront about asking for a date!) The food was excellent and the Marston's ales were truly appreciated.
Our thanks go to Terry Greenwood for organising such an enjoyable walk, to David Aldred and Graham Tandy for the photographs on this page and to all of the staff at the Catherine Wheel.

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