St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

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

The November walk will be on Friday, 6th, meeting 10:00hrs at The Market Cross, Castle Combe, nearest post code SN14 7HN, for a walk of about 10 miles. On street parking or in large free car park at the top of the hill. 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 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.

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.