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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Midweek day walk - Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh via Adlestrop

Kingham to Moreton-in-Marsh via Adlestrop

A stunning walk through the Cotswolds with charming villages of yellow stone homes including Adlestrop.
It was here where poet Edward Thomas wrote a poem about his unexpected stop there in 1914 just prior to WW1.
Sadly, he was killed a few years later whilst fighting during that same war in France

Book 3* Walk 224      *online only

Length :  18 km or 11 miles

Toughness :  3 out of 10

Getting there :  Catch the 10:22 am Hereford train from London Paddington to Kingham.
Ealing Broadway peeps may join this service at Slough (departing 10:36) or Reading (departing 10:52)

Meeting point :  Kingham Station at 11:46

Tickets :  The "official" ticket means buying a cheap day return to Moreton-in-Marsh (cheapest price for this option is £25-90 with any type of Railcard)
However ...
Canny ticket purchasers may wish to consider buying a Day Return from Slough to Kingham which costs £13-95 (any railcard) .  Then buying a Day Return to Slough (if possible in combination with an Oyster Card covering Boundary Zone 6) and then a further Single ticket from MiM to Kingham.

Brief Description

GWR have completed their Engineering Works on this line and with it being high summer, a few regulars have expressed an interest in giving this walk an airing.
Rather than repeat pieces of the full description of the walk which may be found here, I'll leave readers to discover the history and charms of this lovely walk for themselves at that link.

If you're intending to go on the walk and would like to have lunch at The Fox, may we ask you to email us here with the number of places you'd like? (This particular Pub likes to be forewarned of numbers.)

Enjoy the walk!

If you find that the journey or costs are too much for you, you might like to consider Thomas Grabow's evening walk through the art and vistas of East London (with a stunning elevated crossing of the Thames on Emirates Air Line at sunset)

Suggested Lunch stop

The Fox Inn  Lower Oddington, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0UR t: 01451 870862

Suggested Tea stops

Moreton-in-Marsh sports a few Pubs for an end of walk cuppa or tipple.

Bell Inn (01608 651688)

Black Bear (01608 652992)

Swan Inn (01608 650711)

White Hart Royal (01608 650731)

There's also a Co-op food store opposite the Black Bear where you may buy additional food and drink for the return journey


OS Explorer : OL 45

Return train times

Trains return from Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington at the following times  15:52 | 16:24 | 16:45 | 17:32 | 18:05 | 19:26
Those requiring Ealing Broadway will need to change at either Reading or Slough and should check which connection works best for them.


Anonymous said...

Cheapest option seems to be to use split tickets.

Slough to Kingham return for £13.95

Can buy single for Moreton in Marsh to Kingham at £2.80

Leaving BZ6 to Slough return which will be just under £2.85.

Marion said...

Am catching the 10.05 from Ealing Broadway changing at Slough for the Hereford train and will have lunch as arranged

PeteB said...

Now that the rainy weather is scheduled to arrive on Thursday I hope to do this walk. On 22.8.15 Anon! wrote some very useful comments and highlighted an alternative and slightly longer route from Adelstrop into Chastleton along the top of Adelstrop Hill. If you print off the walk's OS map you can see the public rights of way (s)he/they took. It looks a lovely ridge path offering superb views and I hope to walk this and have tea at the church. If it works I will incorporate walk details and add the route to the gpx file. All welcome to join me.

tartanrug said...

Two tables of 4 booked for lunch. If you did not RSVP on walk post or to Lunch Monitor, there is no guarantee that the pub will accommodate. There are only two places available for those who did not RSVP for the lunch just in case you want to pack a snack it's a long hot walk to the tombstone tea.

Anonymous said...

Can't find where to RSVP on this website. Can you tell me where it is?

Anonymous said...

Under, Brief Description, second para., under "here". Not sure it will help now, bookings made, two seats available. A great picnic walk.

PeteB said...

n=10 alighted from the train at Kingham station 20 minutes late, but given FGWs general uselessness this probably counts as a result.

We set off in w=fine-warm-and-sunny-weather along rock-hard bumpy trails near the river Evenlode, the terrain underlining just how difficult this stretch of the walk would be in wet and muddy conditions. Three of us had a picnic lunch in the blissful calm of St Nicholas Church in Lower Oddington which sadly was closed due to recent vandal/criminal activity! The epicures ate in the Fox which is pricey but very high quality. (The plaice looked so delicious that even as a veggie I was tempted! But you won't get much change from £20 for a main course.)
After lunch we ambled on to Adelstrop where we then explored a new and wonderfully scenic "higher" route to Chastletown for tea and delicious home-made cakes at the "volunteer-run cafe at St Marys Church. After this break we set off for Evenlode enjoying the eerie countryside quiet of a sun-drenched August afternoon. Five of us rested on the village green whilst two pressed on to catch a 6pm train.
At M in M we had a drink and rest before catching the 19.26 train. A superb day out and many thanks to tartan rug for booking the tables at the Fox and for the return home "provisions" on the journey home.

PS. I will be up-dating and amending the walk directions and gpx file to include the new Adelstrop to Chastleton route