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In August we are 100! That is 100 walks since we took our first steps in 2011. By way of celebration let’s give ourselves an easy month with the option of a post–walk lunch. Please meet 10:00 hrs, Friday, 9th August at Church Rise, Neston, SN13 9SX, for a walk of about 5 miles, including an optional lunch at The Neston Inn. Please contact Colin for menus.
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Our 9 mile walk, on a warm July day, was enjoyed by 10 walkers setting out from Bathford. We climbed to Bannerdown and then Solsbury Hill for lunch with extensive views. After continuing through Bailbrook and Grosvenor, ’25Cafe’ in Bathampton provided us with shade and refreshment before we met the K&A canal to return to Bathford.
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.
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!
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
NEW YEAR’S DAY 2019
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.