St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

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

In the hope that lockdown will have ended, our December walk is arranged for Friday, 11th, meeting 10:00 hrs in the rear car park of The Red Lion Hotel, High St., Lacock, SN15 2LQ, for a walk of about 7 miles.  Suggest bringing  some refreshment.

The current Government Covid-19 Guidelines on Social Contact and Events (para 2.9) require that an event such as this should be risk assessed, which I have done. The assessment requires me to draw the following to your attention:-

  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been told to self-isolate.
  • Please maintain physical distancing.
  • Please avoid touching gates, stiles and other countryside furniture where possible.
  • Suggest you carry hand sanitiser.
  • I will need to keep contact details of attendees securely for 21 days and provide them to NHS Test and Trace if required.

With kindest regards and I look forward to seeing you next Friday!

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

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.

Our September walk was the first since the limiting of numbers to 6 was lifted, 16 walkers took on what the group had voted as our favourite route by walking the 9 miles to Colerne and back. An ideally fresh and breezy day helped make light of what is a beautiful but very hilly route. In Colerne Kathy introduced us to Frank’s Wood, a tranquil five acre woodland nature reserve on the edge of the village. Welcome refreshment was taken at the Hare and Hounds on our return.

When lockdown was eased a little in June the group resumed activities but only in groups of six socially distanced walkers. Along the way on five such walks we have visited places such as Weavern, Slaughterford, Great Chalfield, Bathford, Browne’s Folly, Monkton Farliegh, Monkton Combe and South Stoke.