WMG/WRG Joint Walk & Social Event in The Cotswolds – Saturday 6 September 2014
A chance to enjoy some tourism in the Cotswolds and to catch up with old friends and colleagues, and meet new ones from two ITI regional networks.
We start with a short steam train ride on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (GWR) from Toddington to the attractive town of Winchcombe, followed by a walk (5 miles) which includes a long climb up a hill, rewarded by fine views and a picnic at the top. Then back down the other side, taking in the medieval ruins of Hailes Abbey (seen from the outside) with the help of an ice cream, and a last stretch back to Toddington in time for tea.
Meet 10.30 onwards for coffee at Toddington GWR station, in the Flag & Whistle refreshment room. Buy your ticket first (single to Winchcombe, adult fare £7, child £3). We’ll catch the first train of the day at 11.10 and people can also join us at Winchcombe station, setting off at 11.30, or in the town itself around 11.45.
See www.gwsr.com for more info on the railway, http://www.winchcombe.co.uk/ for more info on the town and http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/hailes-abbey/ for more info on the abbey.
Toddington station (postcode GL54 5DT) is approx 9 miles from Junction 9 of the M5. From J9, follow the A46 east (towards Evesham), through various traffic lights. At the first roundabout take the B4077 (Stow) and follow this for about 5 miles into Toddington village. At the roundabout continue forward on the B4077, and the station is about 100 yards further on, on the right. Having turned in, ignore the first car park on the right, which is for the garden centre, and carry on to the main (free) car park.
Toddington is approx 50 miles from both Birmingham and Bristol, so lift-sharing is recommended. If anyone wishes to travel there by train, Ashchurch station is on the main line from Birmingham to Bristol, close to M5 J9, and lifts can be arranged.
If the weather is really inclement, the event will still go ahead but it will be a social day with lunch in Winchcombe (we’ll cancel the walk and picnic).
The hill climb is steep in places though not precipitous, with some high steps built into the footpath, and it may be difficult for children under 10 (please contact Anna if you would like to discuss this further). An alternative route is not readily available.
NOTE: Everyone is welcome but participants must consider themselves to be on a private excursion – neither the organisers nor the ITI West Midlands or Western Regional Groups can accept any liability for accidents or injuries sustained by anyone involved.
Mike Hanson (WMG)
Anna George (WRG)