Amy Walks: Naunton & Harford Bridge Circular

My boyfriend has a group of friends that he grew up with and in turn, they have wives and girlfriends. The ‘WAGs’ have since become firm friends as time has gone by; so much so, that us girls now get together frequently alone. If you’re an avid reader here, you’ll know this pretty much started with our annual Christmas Afternoon Tea. But it has now expanded to prosecco catch ups, movie nights and local adventures. Which brings me nicely on to the subject of today’s post: a circular walk in and around Naunton.

Naunton popped into my head instantly when being first tasked to find a walk. We wanted a route that wasn’t too long, perfect for a dog who likes to run free, has plenty of fresh air but that’s also pretty to be in. In the end, I sent a few other options to the girls but after some deliberation, Naunton was chosen to be our first adventure.

As I mentioned in this post, I love Naunton. It’s a dreamy Cotswold village that offers something for everyone. As we all drove separately – social distancing and all that! – we opted to park in the middle of the village and start from there, instead of the beginning of the trail itself.

The five of us, including Char’s Sprocker, followed the directions around this three mile loop. We crossed a ford, which was the perfect spot for a photo and great for Remi, who loves water. Then we went through fields and headed up a hill to the edge of the golf course. Our picnic lunch took place in a quiet field, accompanied by a gorgeous view over the village. If you choose to do the same, be wary of awry golf balls though! One almost hit Naomi and gave us quite the fright, even if we were able to laugh about it afterwards.

Not wanting to walk to end, we included some extra explorations of Naunton by following a path to the Dovecote and next to the River Windrush. It was such an interesting and pretty trail! We also practically chatted and laughed the whole time, which was just what we all needed.

We had an absolutely lovely few hours and it felt so good to be back in each other’s company again! It was also refreshing to do something different with these three – and Remi, of course! – and by the end of the day, we had organised another couple of walks in the coming months. More to come on those soon…

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