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Coln Valley - 8 October 2007

Linda, Terry, David, Richard & Carole and John & Jenny met up with Derek and Graham at Yanworth Church, as planned, in preparation for a beautiful, circular walk in the well maintained, quintessential farming countryside around the Vesty Estate. Walkers took the opportunity to view the church and to relax whilst waiting for the group to assemble. St. Michael's Church exhibits much Norman work both on the outside and in the tub font inside.
Jenny & Derek outside Yanworth Church
Also within the church we discovered some traces of wall paintings, including one of Father Time, together with a war memorial inscribed "To the memory of the men of Yanworth who gave their lives and of those who served their King and Country in the Great War 1914 - 1919 "
As we set off on our walk we were once more blessed with fine, mild weather and our enjoyment was only slightly marred by a lack of sunshine.
Cleeve Buffers take a short break
John, Derek & Carole pause for a chat
The walk began with a short, but steep incline but then levelled out and we walked through fields and woodlands until we reached the Inn at Fossebridge (once known as the Lord Chedworth’s Arms, which perhaps seems more appropriate and in keeping with the fine old bar). Here the group was joined by Ann and the Cleeve Buffers enjoyed some fine real ales to accompany the excellent sandiches and baguettes that were served. The staff were welcoming and the inn was very comfortable, with open log fires, a stag's head and a board from the old David Cameron (no not that one) Brewery!
Stag's head - Fossebridge Inn
Terry & Graham enjoy a beer
After lunch, the ten of us continued on our route down into the valley and followed the course of the Coln. This was very nostalgic for Derek Plumb and Linda Skinner, who recalled many visits with generations of Cleeve School students practising their fieldwork skills. We then returned to our cars at Yanworth, following a highly enjoyable walk and a chance to catch up on each other's news.
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Cleeve Buffers in the Coln Valley
Cleeve Buffers stop to take photographs
Our thanks go to Derek (mostly) and Graham for planning and leading the walk and to David and Graham for the photographs on this page.

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