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We start from the Honeystreet Mill cafe car park. This is a lovely new walk which has some great views across wonderful countryside and is flat. The walk is just over 5 miles, dogs are welcome and the walk is dog friendly. Look out for the kingfishers! The walk is followed by coffee/light lunch at the Honeystreet Mill Cafe.
Directions From Swindon take the A 419 towards cirencester. 2 miles after the Cricklade turning take the B 4696 signed for the waterparks and the four pillars hotel. Stay on that road for another 2 miles until you come to a crossroad, go straight across the crossroads for 1.5 miles until you get to the somerford Keynes turning. Turn right by the 'Go By Cycles Center' then immediately left. This will take you into the village on a T junction, turn right at the T junction and drive through Somerford Keynes. As you drive out the other end of the village you'll see us on the right. If you come in from the cirencester end, you will see the sign just before you enter the village. ‘Elemental Sculpture Park’ sits on a 10 acre site very affectionately known by the Hartlands as simply the 'Land' and was bought 21 years ago as a wild thistle field. Though the thistle field had its own beauty the Land has now been transformed into a mixed deciduous and conifer woodland with ponds, gardens and glades. Joining these diverse spaces are meandering paths that take you on a journey around the park providing an international centre for contemporary Art. The Land itself is an ongoing project which will continue changing, producing a biodiversity of natural ecosystems, providing Artists both established and emerging, with a wonderful and diverse enviroment to exhibit their work. In 2016 a wildflower garden to embrace the area around the glade providing a pallete of colour and flowing texture was added. http://elementalsculpturepark.com/gallery Admission £5 Meet where we pay the admission. Sorry no dogs allowed.
July All welcome - please read the book before we meet. This will be a sociable evening where we can have a light-hearted discussion about a book read for enjoyment rather than an intellectual dissection of heavy-hitting literature. Hopefully this will introduce us all to some new authors and different genres that we might not normally read. We'll take it in turns to choose the next book at each meeting. Please ask if you want the list of our previous books. About the book- On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames, the regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open and in steps an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a child. Hours later, the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? And who does the little girl belong to? An exquisitely crafted multi-layered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. "Diane's masterful storytelling draws you in to a beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." (M L Stedman, bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans)