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Cleeve Prior Ramblers

Cleeve Prior Ramblers

Meet once a month at The Green 

See events calendar for details

 

A monthly walk report can be found on the Parish Magazine page

May 2017 

Cleeve Prior Ramblers

On a bright, fresh morning 13 walkers and 3 dogs set off from the

 

Gardener’s Arms in Alderton. After a short crossing of a parched broad bean field we reached the promised bluebells. Carpeting the side of Dumbleton Hill they were a wonderful sight in the spring sunshine.

 

Tearing ourselves away we descended into Dumbleton and made our coffee stop beside the splendid village cricket pitch. The village is well worth a visit in its own right with some lovely old houses, the church and Dumbleton Hall Hotel. Buried in the churchyard is Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor* the famous travel writer and wartime SOE officer involved in the kidnapping of the German commander in Crete. The Hall was opened as a hotel in 1959 having been rebuilt in the 19th century and hosted popular house parties including John Betjeman and the Mitford sisters.

 

Completing our circular walk we had great views over the Vale of Evesham and to the Malverns. A most welcome and promptly served lunch awaited us at the pub. Thank you Tony and Carol for a super walk and bluebells!

 

David and Julia Davenport are leading May’s ramble on the 20th so please let them know if you are walking by the 12th.

*See the Wikipedia entry for a fascinating read.

Mick and Lis Hughes