Naunton and Guiting Power circular walk
Length: 12.9 km / 8 miles
Weather: Dull and damp.
We started near to the The Black Horse Inn, Naunton, fine Donnigton Ales pub.
We followed the Windrush Way, up out of the village and for one brief moment we caught a glimpse of the River Windrush.
Looking back to Naunton, the views would have been more spectacular had it not been so misty.
The path goes past the golf course and riding stables, before heading down into the valley.
A walk up-hill took us through a short wooded section.
We went right at the log pile.
We joined the Windrush Way again and skirted around Westfield House.
Back on the B4068, we walked a very short distance before turning left and going down hill into Gazeley Woods.
Lots of sign posts here, we went to the left and straight on-ish, where we passed a small pond on our left.
After a bit of lane walking, we arrived in the beautiful, limestone village of Guiting Power.
There are several options for lunch in Guiting Power and we very impressed with our choice -- The Farmers Arm. It has great, traditional pub-grub and lovely Donnington beer. What more could you ask for than a large plate of foggots and peas -- for some it was the main motivation for the doing the walk.
When you leave the village it is good to know that you have already completed three-quarters of the walk. St Michaels and All Angels Church, Guiting Power dates from the 12th century but only two Norman doorways remain from this period.
Fortunately there was a ditinct path over this freshly ploughed field.
Back in Naunton and the Windrush makes another appearance.