Nuneaton Mountain and Hill Walking Club
We had a superb day for our December walk in the Cotswolds. Cold and frosty but with blue skies and sunshine. There were seven of us out today and we all arrived safely at Stanton village hall car park at 9.30am. The first part of the ten mile walk was down the Cotswold Way towards Wood Stanway and Stumps Cross. On the way we passed the imposing gates to Stanton Court, crossed fields showing the ridge and furrow patterns of early farming, Stanway House and an extraordinary 17th century gatehouse. After passing through the village of Wood Stanway the ground rises and at the top of the hill there was a convenient bench for our coffee break and time to admire the superb views of the vale below. From Stumps Cross we took the lane NE towards Snow Hill, passing through the village to join the Winchcombe Way for our return back to Stanton village, getting back just in time for a visit to the Mount Inn for some light refreshments before returning home. The walking was on good well marked footpaths with, because of the frozen ground, very little mud, and although very easy walking had plenty of interest on the way making a very enjoyable winter walk.