St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

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

In the light of current Government advice on Covid-19 I regret to say that the group will now stand down for a while. I will be in touch as soon as we can resume activities. Keep safe and well.

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MARCH 2020
Fourteen walkers set out from Bathford on our March walk, climbing steeply on the old Bathampton tramway to Bathampton Wood and Claverton Down, we descended sharply to the Dundas Aqueduct for lunch where spring sunshine brought out the best of the tranquil surroundings. Another stiff climb took us to Conkwell, Bathford Hill and back to the start after 9 very pleasant miles.

On a rare fine and dry February day 11 walkers set out from Ford along the old Coach Road to North Wraxall then on to Upper Wraxall for a coffee break. Crossing the A420 near The Shoe we made our way through Doncombe Woods for lunch in Lucknam Park. A route touching Thickwood, North Colerne and Slaughterford took us back to The White Hart for some refreshment.

The new decade started with a hilly walk from Box to Kingsdown to Colerne but then levelled out 10 days later with a route from Corsham to Lacock, a total of 34 walkers enjoying 19.22 miles with quite pleasant conditions overhead though challenging underfoot. On both occasions we undertook appropriate post-walk recovery procedures in local hostelries.

Our December walk started at The Bell, Lacock and after following a route to Bewley Green, Bowden Hill, Naish Hill, the Wilts and Berks canal and Reybridge, 15 of us returned to the pub for a good lunch.

A reasonably lucky 13 walkers set out from Biddestone on our 9 mile November walk, beautiful autumn colours being offset by trying conditions underfoot and a cutting notherly wind. After ploughing a muddy trail to Yatton Keynell we made our way to Castle Combe for lunch alongside the Bybrook, then journeying on through Long Dean, West Yatton and Giddea Hall to The White Horse for refreshment.

October 2019
The fortunate five set out from Marshfield on our 10 mile October walk. Two muddy ploughed fields were dispatched early on as we made our way to West Kington in benign weather. That changed after lunch as we reached West Littleton in driving horizontal rain and fields flooded to ankle depth. Particularly memorable was our crossing of the Broadmead Brook in full spate near its source! Nevertheless morale and humour remained high, boosted by coffee, carbs and calories at ‘Sweetapples’ in Marshfield.