Where are they? – #3

The Guitings, and Woodmill

The area around Guiting Power and Temple Guiting, on the Cotswold Hills between Cheltenham and Stow-on-the-Wold, was criss-crossed by the three main trials that used the North Cotswolds – the Colmore and Gloucester Trials pre-war, and the Guy Fawkes Trial in the 1960s and 1970s – and this in my attempt to locate some of the sections used by these trials.

  • Guiting (New) : A section, initially known as “New” Guiting, was used for the 1932 and 1939 SUNBAC Colmore Trials. It was definitely different from the Guiting Woods test, but where was it??
  • Guiting Woods : No questions about this one. The crossroads in Guiting Woods at OS GR SP084259 was a favourite location for special tests on both the NWLMC Gloucester Trial, and the SUNBAC Colmore Trial, in the 1930s.
  • Lower Guiting : This is referred to in “More Wheelspin” as being used for one of the early Post War (1946?) Colmore Trials. There is nowhere on any map that I can find referred to as “Lower” Guiting and I wonder if it might have been one of the three tracks that climb away from the ford at OS GR SP091254.
  • Woodmill : No questions about this one either. Used for various runnings of the Falcon “Guy Fawkes” Trial in the 1960s and 1970s, it is the current track (not shown as a right of way) that crosses a stream and climbs in a roughly north-easterly direction from OS GR SP080266 through a small wood towards a notional crossroads.

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