St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

Updated 10 Mar 21 – see below picture

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)

UPDATE:I hope that you and your walking boots are in fine fettle.

The Covid-19 “Roadmap” set out by HM Government allows outdoor gatherings to resume in groups of six at the earliest on Monday, 29th March. So anticipating that the “Roadmap” will stay on course, our next walk will be on………..(yes, you’ve guessed it!)…………… Monday, 29th March, meeting in Corsham at 10:00hrs for a walk of about 10 miles.

As before, I think the fairest way of giving everyone an opportunity to join a walk is to return to our ‘fastest finger first’ procedure. Please email me asap and I will reply with full details to the first five I receive.  If the walk is over subscribed and there seems to be enough demand I will look at putting on walks more frequently, until 17th May when the “Roadmap” may allow us to gather in a group of up to 30.

Appropriate Covid-19 procedures will apply and will be circulated to participants.

Best regards,  stay safe,   Colin

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.

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.

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.

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.