St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

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

We will not be walking in June but you may find a vacancy on the Corsham Walking Festival programme see   Our next walk will be on Friday, 5th July, further details to follow.

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MAY 2019
A small but perfectly formed group of 6 walkers left Biddestone on our 8 mile May walk. The weather was perfect for walking and we saw the best of local countryside as we passed through Slaughterford, Colerne Down, Thickwood, Eastrip, Euridge and Weavern. Back in Biddestone post walk refreshment was found at The White Horse.

APRIL 2019
A bright and breezy day greeted 11 bright and breezy walkers on our 10 mile April walk led by Elaine. From The Blaythwayt Arms at Lansdown we visited Prospect Stile, Kelston Round Hill, North Stoke, Battlefields and the scenic Charlecombe Valley, with stunning views all day. Lunch was taken at  the charming church of St Mary, Langridge. Earlier a coffee break at St Martin’s church, North Stoke revealed what must surely be the most apt and amusing ‘Welcome Notice’ on the front door!

MARCH 2019
The Gibb, with it’s reputed grisly history, was the starting point for seventeen walkers on our March walk. Our route took in the two former mills of Gatcombe and Goulter’s, Lugbury Long Barrow, the villages of Nettleton, West Kington, Burton, Littleton Drew and a brief flirtation with the east bound carriageway of the M4 motorway. Most then stayed for reviving vittles at the very obliging  Salutation Inn.

Storm Eric brought high winds and torrential rain to our February walk, making walking inspiring but challenging, thus Eric was a mixed blessing whereas having Rev’d Roger Clifton with us after a long absence was just a blessing. We were grateful to Elaine for leading us on a grand route from Lansdown to Woolley, to Langridge where the beautiful church of St Mary Magdalene afforded some shelter for lunch, then on to the site of the Battle of Lansdown where the Sir Bevil Grenville monument reminded us of  the area’s formidable history. A period of “drying out” then took place at the Blathwayt Arms


Two walks in benign weather on which we roamed from Marshfield in the north to Whitley in the south, 31 walkers, 21.36 miles and 2,341 calories burned, all added up to a happy start to the New Year for the group.  Our thanks to the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield, The Toast Office, Whitley and The Great Western PH, Corsham for helping us along our way.

A bright and frosty day gave almost perfect walking weather for the fourteen walkers who set out on our 5 mile December walk from The Bell Inn, Lacock to Queenfield, Spye Park and Bowden Hill. Sixteen of us then enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch at The Bell.

Some gorgeous autumn colours still lingered on our 9 mile November walk, though it was a ‘coats on and off again’ sort of day as sunshine and showers accompanied the 11 walkers. Our route took us from Box to Henley, South Wraxall, Lower Wraxall, Monkton Farliegh and Kingsdown.