St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

Due to Lockdown 3 our walking activities are now suspended until the guidelines allow a return.

The group is open to all; this church, any church, no church.

The walks have been risk assessed your attention is drawn to the following:-

  • Please do not attend a walk if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been told to self-isolate.
  • Please maintain physical distancing during the walk.
  • Please avoid touching gates, stiles and other countryside furniture where possible.
  • Please do not share equipment or food.
  • Please keep up to date with local guidelines.
  • Suggest you carry hand sanitiser.
  • Contact details of attendees will be kept securely by me for 21 days and provided to NHS Test and Trace if required.

Prospect Stile(Click or double click on the pictures to enlarge)

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2021
Challenging conditions overhead and underfoot resulted in a stiff 10 miles for 19 walkers on New Year’s Day. Leaving Box we climbed to the Macmillan Way which we followed to South Wraxall before turning for Farleigh Wick and Monkton Farleigh. Brown’s Folly provided a convenient lunch stop before we returned to Box via Bathford and Ashley.  Unfortunately, with less than a mile to go, Richard Hovey took a tumble resulting in a visit to RUH where an x-ray revealed a clean fracture of the humerus. Richard is resolute in his recovery and would welcome being remembered in your prayers.

DECEMBER 2020
Our 7 mile December walk started from Lacock across to the Wilts and Berks canal and Pewsham before climbing to Naish Hill and Bowden Hill. Normally the 18 walkers would have then enjoyed our annual Christmas lunch, having been denied this by a pesky virus, we settled for socially distanced mince pies and chocolate cake.

NOVEMBER 2020
Our 10 mile November journey started  with a visit to  St. Andrew’s Church, Castle Combe where, with the blessing of the Royal British Legion, we placed a Remembrance Cross at each of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones,. Making the most of a beautiful autumn day before Lockdown 2, we walked to West Kington placing a final Remembrance Cross at St. Mary’s Church. Eleven walkers returned to Castle Combe fully appreciating the freedom we had enjoyed that day.

OCTOBER 2020
Our October walk set off from the Campus and followed a route to Neston, Gastard, Thingley and Westrop, thirteen walkers being very grateful to Julia for leading us on such a varied and interesting local walk. We managed to mostly dodge the showers before settling down to be refreshed in The Methuen.