St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

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

Our next walk with be on Friday, 13th August, meeting 10:00 hrs adjacent to The Crown Inn, Bathford Hill, Bathford, BA1 7SL, for a walk of about 9 miles. Ample on-street parking. Suggest bringing some refreshments.

Advance information:- Our September walk will be on Friday 17th (the 3rd Friday rather than our usual 2nd) further details to follow..

Please observe current Government Covid-19 guidelines

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

JULY 2021
After meeting in a very busy Castle Combe, 15 walkers made their way to Littleton Drew along the ancient Fosse Way, followed by a close encounter with the more recent M4 motorway and a lunch stop in Burton.  Some cross-country footpaths and bridleways took the group via Nettleton back to Castle Combe, after 10 pleasant miles, for refreshments in the sunshine.

May 2021 (120th walk)
Twenty of us met at The Lansdowne Arms, Derry Hill for our 10 mile May walk, kindly led by Jane. The route took us to the Calne to Chippenham railway path which we followed for a pleasant walk into Calne. Our walk, notable for its wild garlic, bluebells and interesting social history, then meandered through the splendid Bowood Estate and finally delivered us to refreshment at The Lansdowne Arms.

APRIL 2021
Twelve of us enjoyed a fresh April day for a ten mile walk from Corsham to Wadswick, Stonar, Atworth and beyond. The joy of being released from Lockdown Version 3 was apparent by the exceptionally high readings recorded on both the chatter-ometer and laughter-ometer.

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.