Click on thumbnail to view picture of a cottage in Winson
COLN ROGERS TO SALTWAY
General:- This 5 mile circular route starts with the hamlets of Coln Rogers and Winson. I could have used more footpaths to cut out this section of road walking but the villages are little gems, they ooze the charm that is so typical of the Cotswolds, why miss out on that.
Coln Rogers, what wonderful name. Being on the river Coln it was natural to include it in it's name, you will see other villages in the area using it too. The second half of its title came from a 10th century Norman knight called Roger of Gloucester who, having been fatally wounded, bequeathed the manor to the church for "the good of his soul." Although the word "media" had not been invented the Abbot knew what was expected and named the village after his sponsor, committing him to eternity. Imagine what would happen today if a Nike of Gloucester felt the same way, would the church oblige? Hhhmm!
Soon after you leave Waypoint 4 you encounter a long shallow valley that is equally typical of the Cotswold countryside. I believe these are dried up rivers, indicating yet another link with current trends.
Don't worry about the road section between waypoints 7& 8, it's very quiet and soon over. There is a tricky bit at waypoint 10 that goes down a driveway. Judging by the signs on an adjoining field gate I imagine the correct route has been set after a fierce battle between the landowners, please use the correct route to keep the peace. GPS route length 4.7 miles
How to get there :- Turn off the A429 1.3 miles south of Fossebridge at SP 0688 0953. Soon after take the first left at SP 0706 0935. When you get to the "T" junction at SP 0858 0975 turn right to Colne Rogers. Go straight over at next cross roads down rd marked "Saxon church no through road. Park in church car park 100 mtrs further on on left.