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Our next outing will be on Friday, 11th August, meeting at 10:00hrs in the rear car park (free) of the Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd., Corsham, SN13 9DN. The walk is about 9 miles and will finish at the Flemish Weaver, High Street, Corsham, the kitchens will probably be closed when we return but Ploughman’s Lunches should be available, if desired.
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A beautiful summer day with temperatures in the twenties accompanied twenty walkers on a hilly 8 miles from Biddestone to Slaughterford and to Down Wood where a shady spot was found for lunch. We continued to Fox Corner, The Groves and Monks Wood and were pleased to find that The White Horse was still open upon our return.
A strong easterly wind very helpfully blew 15 walkers westwards on our 8 mile May walk. Our route started in Ford, along the old coach road to North Wraxall and Upper Wraxall. Lunch was taken on the edge of Lucknam Park, then from Thickwood we dropped into the sheltered Bybrook valley to Slaughterford and back to The White Hart for well-deserved refreshment.
A beautifully sunny day welcomed a group of nine sun-worshippers to our eight mile April walk. Heading west from Monkton Combe we followed the Limestone Link path along the remains of the Somerset Coal Canal to Midford and Combe Hay, through the canal tunnel to our scenic lunch stop overlooking the Wiltshire countryside. We continued to Southstoke, Horsecombe Vale and back to Monkton Combe. Along the way we paid homage to Harry Patch, the last fighting Tommy, also to William ‘Strata’ Smith, the father of English Geology.
Our 8 mile March walk enabled 19 walkers to collect a fistful of Bees as we passed through Bathford, Bannerdown, Bailbrook, Batheaston and Bathampton. The views of the St. Catherine’s valley from Northend, also of Bath from Solsbury Hill, caused a buzz and The Crown at Bathford became a hive of activity as some had a glass of the amber nectar at the end of the walk.
The forecast promised a dry day with a very cold easterly wind for our 9 mile February walk from Corsham to Lacock and back. The day proved to be dry and the wind easterly but not particularly cold, nevertheless the 13 walkers who arrived in Lacock were grateful to Revd. Adam for allowing us to lunch in the comparative warmth of St. Cyriac’s. Rarely do we eat ‘indoors’ but as this beautiful building is about to receive a new heating system we may seek to return on a bleak winters day!
On the second day of 2017 we met with our friends the Corsham Wanderers for our, now traditional, post festive calorie cruncher. Richard Thackeray’s ‘phone app monitored the calories as we set out from Box under clear blue skies to Kingsdown, Shockerwick, Alcombe, Colerne and Ditteridge. Back in Box and Richard revealed that we had each burned 1,115 calories, that’s a group total of 30,105. Feeling guilty at having abandoned so many calories along the route, we went to the Queens Head in a desperate attempt to remedy the situation.
A frosty morning awaited 17 walkers on our monthly January walk. Finding ourselves treading on thin ice on Friday, 13th, we stepped very carefully on an 8 mile route from Biddestone to Yatton Keynell, Castle Combe and return. A bitterly cold wind then drove most of us into the Biddestone Arms.
Setting out from The Bell Inn, the nineteen walkers on our December walk ascended Bowden Hill and crossed Bowden Park, making our way towards Derry Hill. The fine views which can normally be expected on this route were, alas, obscured by low lying mist. At Nocketts Hill we turned towards Naish Hill and Bewley Green, then returning to The Bell in time for a very sociable lunch.
Nineteen of us gathered at Castle Combe for our nine mile November walk on a glorious autumn day. We were accompanied by John Walker, a Cotswold Voluntary Warden, who took us to visit the nature reserve on Castle Combe Golf Course, which is not normally open to the public. After an interesting walk through the reserve, we carried on past the Gatcombe and Goulter’s mills to Nettleton and lunch at West Kington. We then followed the Broadmead Brook past Nettleton Mill to Castle Combe for post walk refreshment.
Fourteen walkers set out under an overcast sky on our October 9 mile walk, we left Bathford then climbed steeply through woodland. The sun broke through as we exited the woods near Brown’s Folly and stayed with us through Monkton Farliegh, Pinkney Green, Inwoods and Conkwell. Lunch was taken at Dundas, where many coats were shed on what was now a pleasantly warm day. We then followed the tranquil Kennet and Avon canal back to Bathford and refreshment in The Crown Inn.
Our September group consisted of nine explorers who made their way across pastureland from Marshfield to Beek’s Mill in St Catherine’s Valley before ascending the ridge again for lunch at Cold Ashton. The post lunch route took us down to the valley floor before heading east to the outskirts of Marshfield and along the historic High Street for refreshments at the “Lord Nelson”.
The failure of a 3 day mini heatwave to become a 4 day mini heatwave caused 6 walkers to put full waterproofs on for our 6 mile August walk. An urban route from Springfield Campus took us to fields of stubble on the Gastard side of town, farmers having made full use of the now departed heatwave to gather in the harvest. One of the great pleasures of walking is to be amid the countryside in all weathers and seasons and with the rain now easing off, a route via The Ridge and Potley brought us back to town.