Ampney St Peter - Ampney St Mary - Barnsley - Ampney St Peter

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There are three Ampneys, named after the brook that flows through them. The walk passes through two of them, starting from Ampney St Peter; look out for the gold postbox in the village, which was painted to commemorate the gold medal won by the dressage team at the 2012 Olympics. Laura Bechtolsheimer, who was a member of the team, comes from the village. The walk heads though the village, passing the church and Old Rectory, then a short pleasant walk through an estate and you can immediately see where the hard work was done to earn an Olympic gold, as this is perfect for training the horses.

After a short walk around the next Ampney, Ampney St Mary, which is an equally attractive village, the walk heads to Barnsley via a long track and then a country lane. Barnsley is a historic village, dating back to the Iron Age, on the old Roman route from Cirencester to Oxford. The Bourchier family owned the village for 200 years from 1548 and were responsible for the building of Barnsley House, now a hotel, famous for its wonderful gardens.

The walk returns to Ampney St Peter across fields and as you approach the village, this is obviously an area used for training.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Church, Mostly Flat

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