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Saturday March 23 Burford - ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’

  • Mar 23, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Day trip by minibus to hiking & sightseeing in the Cotswolds. There are no trains to this place  so this is the best way to get there.

Burford, traditionally the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ stands at the entrance of a place so special that it’s determined an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is protected by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The ram’s head on the limestone marker at the top of the hill is made from same stone that underlies the region and depicts the animal that historically brought wealth with its wool.

The name Burford is said to mean a defended settlement by a ford – an ideal setting for a settlement to develop at the easy crossing of the River Windrush.

Thegentle rolling hills of the surrounding countryside are perfect for walking, cycling or horse riding. People have lived and worked here for over 6,000 years. Nestling along the slope of the hill down through the trees to the River Windrush, Burford is steeped in history and rich in architectural heritage. The local natural scenery is breathtaking, the Cotswold stone buildings, famous. The area boasts some of the most beautiful gardens in England, a world heritage site with Blenheim Palace and a network of dry stone walls at least in length equivalent to the Great Wall of China.

The high light of this trip will be MINSTER LOVELL HALL

The romantic ruins of this 15th century manor house stand on the banks of the River Windrush in Oxfordshire. An oasis of peace in the midst of the Cotswolds, hidden away from the tourist trail.

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote

The extensive and picturesque ruins of a 15th century riverside manor house, including a fine hall, south-west tower, and complete nearby dovecote. The home of Richard III's henchman Lord Lovell.

We will hike along the river Windrush, which flows through some of the most beautiful countryside in England, flowing as it does through Cotswold towns and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and the Barringtons. It is also responsible for the wool trade of this part of the Cotswolds. Along the banks of the river, evidence of the woollen mills can still be found.

Here is some hike info, it always depends on the weather though.

Distance: 14,5 kms/9 miles

Hike level: easy to medium

Estimated return time to London: 7-30 PM

Things to bring:
packed lunch
some cash for a pub
waterproof clothing
hiking boots

change of shoes in case your feet get wet

IMPORTANT NOTE: to RSVP "yes" you will need to pay £26 using the PayPal link above.

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  • Sophie

    Great day out. Chilly weather for the 2nd day of spring but lovely sight :-)

    March 24, 2013

  • Kat

    If there's someone to get my place would be great

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Dominika

    guys i am not going if someone want take my place to me on nr[masked]

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Kat

    Guys I am not going to make it, I contacted people on the waiting list if they want to get my place but no response, I understand that I don't get the refund if no one takes my place, but I though it will be a shame if there is someone you know and wants to go, hence my message here. Sorry for spamming. Kat

    1 · March 22, 2013

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