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*October 2019 National Ramble – Cliveden

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Cliveden National Trust 8th  October

This ramble was ably led by John Birmingham who, as a regular volunteer at Cliveden is extremely well qualified to show us many of the lesser known points of the estate. These included the house known for its connection with the Profumo affair as well as Lady Astor’s boathouse and a shrine to her memory.

I live not far from Cliveden but have never dared go down any of the paths to the Thames so it was really enjoyable to not only see many glimpses of the river through the trees but also to be able to get right down to it quite safely.

After a very enjoyable morning touring the wider estate we set off after lunch to explore the formal gardens, however as predicted the weather worsened and while some members decide to turn back a few hardy souls battled on round the hugely ornate fountains and flower beds, eventually conceding that the tea shop seemed a good option. Lucy