The Winchcombe Way
Stage 2: Alderton to Alderton via Dumbleton
Date: Monday 31 October 2011
A goodly number of buffers met at the Gardener's Arms in Alderton for Stage 2 of the Winchcombe Way: Julian and Frank, Lesley and Malcolm, Sue and David, Ann, Margaret W, Terry, Richard, Martin, John and David A.The anti-clockwise circular walk along the lower slopes of Dumbleton Hill was widely considered to be one of the best ever buffers' walks – and so close to home! The morning was mild, the autumn tints were coming into their own, the views were spectacular and the walking was varied.
We soon left the village behind, climbing gently to Frampton and Naunton Farms and then along the eastern slope of Dumbleton Hill with its wide-ranging views across the Vale of Evesham to Broadway Tower and the Cotswolds. We paused at Dumbleton church for our refreshments, sheltering from an unexpected shower and posing for the group photograph. Soon after restarting we passed the village shop with its tables and chairs outside and made a note for any future walk. Some wished they had known about this beforehand! The route then took us to the picturesque cricket ground before striking off up through the woods to Didcot Farm. We enjoyed more extensive views to Bredon Hill, the Malverns and, faintly in the distance, the hills of Wales. More woodland walking followed after the farm before we gently dropped down back into Alderton and the Gardener's Arms.
Here Lesley and Malcolm left us for their holiday break in Cornwall, but we were pleased that Carole and Margaret A joined us for the meal. Our thanks go to Wendy and staff at the Gardener's Arms for opening up for us to use the facilities and order our food before we set out. This certainly smoothed the end of a very enjoyable walk, as once again they provided good food and drink at reasonable prices.
Our thanks to David Aldred for arranging this walk and for the text and photographs on this page.