Walking Section

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Regular countryside walks are organised, normally on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month. They are around 5 miles and conclude with a pub lunch. All Branch members, their partners and friends are welcome to join us.

Reports of previous walks can be found lower down this page.

FORTHCOMING WALKS

Please note the dates for 2018 are all the second Wednesday of the month except for December which is the first Wednesday so that we are not too close to Christmas.  We haven’t chosen the date or venue for the out of county trip, so there will be a slight alteration for that trip.

THE NEXT WALK  – Wednesday 11th July 2018

Details to follow.

FUTURE WALKS:

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Wednesday 8th August 2018

September 2018

For our out of county walk this year we are considering North Devon.  The suggestion is a walk on Exmoor and a coastal walk around Lynton and Lynmouth.

Proposed dates are:-
September 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th.

If you think you would like to attend the out of county walk could you please let Phil know your preferred dates or when you are not available, as soon as possible so that we can start looking at accommodation.

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018

 

PREVIOUS WALKS

Bishops Cannings Walk, Wednesday 14th March 2018
We got off to a great start for 2018 with 11 members enjoying a splendid walk and equally splendid lunch.

We met at The Crown Inn at Bishops Cannings near Devizes and began with a gentle walk to the Kennet and Avon Canal.  Having crossed the canal on a swing bridge, we followed the towpath for about a mile enjoying the tranquillity of the canal and a group of anglers engrossed in a fishing competition.  The next section involved a gentle climb onto the downs during which we had a great view of Salisbury Plain in the distance.  We had a brief refreshment break near the water tower on the crest of the downs where once again we had spectacular views of Lansdown Column on Cherhill Down, Wroughton Airfield, Hackpen Hill and Barbury Castle.

We then made our way down to the Wansdyke (Wansdyke (from Woden‘s Dyke) is a series of early medieval defensive linear earthworks in the West Country of England, consisting of a ditch and a running embankment from the ditch spoil, with the ditching facing north.  There are two main parts: an eastern dyke which runs between Savernake Forest and Morgan’s Hill in Wiltshire) travelling East for about half a mile, before descending to Easton Farm.  The route back was flat and uneventful apart from a particularly large and difficult horse that kept preventing us from passing through his gate!   Once past that obstacle we safely made our way back to the Crown Inn (although Colin did attract the attention of three Shetland ponies that galloped towards him as we crossed the last field).

Once back at the Crown the staff made us very welcome, the food was very good and we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch.  Our next walk is on the 11 April and further details will be announced nearer the time.

Bradford upon Avon Walk, Wednesday 11th April 2018

Our April walk was a great success thanks to Colin, Heather (and a little help from Roger) who organised and led this delightful walk in the beautiful town and countryside around Bradford upon Avon.  It was a 5 miles circular walk starting at the Barge Inn and then following the canal to the Avoncliff Basin where the canal crosses the river Avon. 

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We then made our way up hill to Winsley and enjoyed beautiful scenery and then headed back to Bradford upon Avon with spectacular views with Roger carefully guiding us through the terraced landscape back down into the town.  Our final stretch led us along the river with lots of wildlife including heron and kingfisher, then back along the canal to our starting point.

We enjoyed a very pleasant lunch at the Barge Inn and were delighted to be joined by Wynn and Dick, our next walk is on Wednesday the 9th May and we are very grateful to Louise for planning this one.

Devizes Walk, Wednesday 9th May 2018

We are very grateful to Louise for arranging our beautiful May walk.  The walk was just over 5.5 miles near Devizes.  It followed country lanes, bridleways, fields, woodland with views of the Westbury Vale and Pewsey Vale along the way. 

We began on the edge of Devizes near Green Lane and proceeded towards Sleight Farm and followed Sleight Lane and then into the Sleight Valley.  We turned towards Potterne wood and skirted the edge of the wood, turned towards Nine Hills and Drews Pond wood, which were all very beautiful.

The last bit was through Drews Pond Wood which is an ancient woodland area dating back to the Saxon period. There are seven springs starting there which I think must drain into the River Avon. 

We were delighted to be joined by Neil for lunch at the Hourglass pub, which was absolutely splendid.

Mildenhall and River Kennet Walk, Wednesday 13th June 2018

The walk was approximately 4.5 miles enjoyed by nine members of the group.  Starting in Mildenhall (pronounced Minal) we crossed a bridge over the River Kennet pausing to spot numerous trout before ascending a lane. We eventually crossed fields with beautiful views over the Kennet valley.  After several fields, copses and many stiles we descended to reach the picturesque River Kennet strolling along its banks for a short distance.  We passed Blackfield, site of the Roman town of Cunetio where in 1978 a hoard of over 55,000 coins was found.  The site was dug in 2009 by Channel 4’s archaeological television programme Time Team, which found many more coins and other objects.

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We had a clever elevated, if somewhat risky, (for Colin!) photoshoot back on the bridge where we started. We returned to the Horseshoe Inn, via the Minal Church, for a delightful lunch where we were joined by Neil.

We are very grateful to Pauline and John for organising this excellent walk, the scenery was magnificent, the weather was beautiful and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  We are also very grateful to our brave photographer Colin, who risked life and limb to take the photo from the bridge.