For this walk we used: AA Pub Walks & Cycle Rides – The Cotswolds (Published 2005) Walk 16: From Sapperton to Oakridge. Distance: 6.25 miles.
Sapperton is not far from our home town of Cirencester. We often walk here, but this particular walk was a new route. Being longer than our usual hike we knew it would be a bit of a challenge. 6.25 miles doesn’t sound very far, but it is quite hilly in this area and we are carrying 9 kg backpacks at the moment to get ready for the hiking the Cotswold Way.
Once again we left home a bit too late. By the time we’d tidied up the house having decided to play hairdressing salons in the living room, it was almost time for lunch. So as soon as we got to Sapperton we began looking for somewhere to try out a spot of freezer bag cooking. We found some old tree stumps in the woods to sit on and light the alcohol stove. Once the water boiled, we added it to the pouch of smash instant potato, dried onions and herbs. It worked well, and kept hot in Suzy’s beanie hat. We quickly filled ourselves up with the potato and a chunk of cheddar cheese.
The walk itself was beautiful. I think I prefer it to our regular one, even though we almost got attacked by a little dog when passing through Oakridge. It ran out of a garden and was determined to see us off its territory. Fortunately, I shouted at it, and it decided to stop. It happened so quickly I didn’t have much time to react. My heart was pounding afterwards.
The second half of the walk, after Oakridge, was mainly along the disused but pretty Thames and Severn canal tow path. It was 7pm when we arrived at Sapperton tunnel, with only one steep meadow left before returning to the car, but we decided to stop and brew up a hot chocolate each. The more we can get used to setting up and using our alcohol stoves the better – well, that’s the excuse! 🙂
We were definitely ready for an early night after this one, and my legs were aching for the first time in ages with those hills, but it was a beautiful walk. Well worth the effort!
Our Rating: 5/5