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Unveiling The River Coln Trail Saturday 23rd March 2024

The much-anticipated River Coln Trail is set to officially open, offering a picturesque journey from the river’s source to its convergence with the mighty Thames, spanning thirty-three miles.

The River Coln Trail, a collaborative effort between the two ’Walkers are Welcome’ towns of Winchcombe and Fairford, together with Gloucester County Council Rights of Way, aims to promote sustainable tourism and environmental awareness. The project has been several years in the making, to provide an enjoyable and educational experience for trail-goers. A guide book offering a route description and maps complements the route.

Key Features of the River Coln Trail:

  1. Scenic Beauty: Embark on a visual feast as the trail winds through picturesque landscapes, including charming villages, lush meadows, and woodlands. The River Coln’s crystal-clear limestone waters will be a constant companion throughout the journey.
  2. Rich Biodiversity: Nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers will be delighted by the diverse flora and fauna along the trail. Birdwatchers, in particular, will find the route a haven for spotting many bird species.
  3. Historical Landmarks: Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the region as you walk the trail. From a castle and Roman villa to hamlets, villages and quaint market towns, the River Coln Trail showcases the heritage of the area.

To mark the grand opening of the River Coln Trail, a celebratory event is scheduled for Saturday 23rd March 2024. Kate Ashbrook, Patron of Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network, and General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society will be guest of honour, with local dignitaries, environmentalists, supporters and trail enthusiasts gathering to inaugurate this exciting venture. The event will include a short guided tour and an opportunity for attendees to be among the first to experience the trail.

Kate Ashbrook says ‘I am thrilled to be opening this splendid trail, which links two dynamic Walkers Are Welcome Towns.  There is a great joy in walking by water and, having sampled stretches of the route, I know that the River Coln Trail is a pure delight.  Congratulations to Winchcombe and Fairford for their achievement which will bring pleasure to many.’

The River Coln Trail is a great example of eco-tourism, providing an avenue for both locals and visitors to connect with nature, appreciate the importance of conservation, and revel in the beauty that the River Coln and its surroundings have to offer.

Words  from Sheila Talbot and photo copyright Robert Talbot, both of Winchcombe

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