A spring in your step

Bob Walk

In our last issue, we described a short ‘Winter Wonder’ walk taking in the villages of Shipton and Milton. This springtime walk is shorter, less than two and a half miles, linking Shipton with Ascott. It centres on the banks of the Evenlode and takes in lovely views of the valley.
The walk begins at Johnson’s garage on the A361 just before the railway bridge. A footpath sign points the walker through two gates and into a field. Follow the fence on your right, down towards the river bank. As the path approaches the wooden bridge across the river, it can be quite muddy so beware.
Cross the bridge, noting signs of an old ford upstream, and follow the tall hedge on your right up to the Ascott road where you turn left. This next section is along the road but it is quiet and looks down into the valley.
As the walker enters Ascott, the road bends sharply to the left and, just before it turns equally sharply to the right, carry straight on to a wide, clearly marked track that soon leads back across the river.
The track continues straight between high hedges before swinging left into the trees and over a rickety planked bridge across a ditch. A short stretch of woodland follows. The walker emerges onto a long field, dominated by a majestic dead oak tree in the distance. Keep following the path with the hedge on your left. About a hundred metres beyond the oak tree, look out for a stile in the hedge. Go through the stile and you will see Johnson’s garage below you; success!

April – May 2017