St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

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

Our next walk, of about 8 miles, is on Friday, 12th November meeting at 10:00hrs adjacent to The Bell On The Common, Broughton Gifford, near Melksham, SN12 8NX. Ample roadside parking, please do not use the pub forecourt. Suggest bringing some refreshment.

Please observe current Government Covid-19 guidelines

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The Magnificent Seven left the Caen Hill Canal Locks car park on our 10 mile October walk, immediately following the renowned flight of 29 locks. Leaving the towpath we made our way to St. Edith’s Marsh and Netherstreet, climbing to Beacon Hill for lunch with one of the best views in the County. High up on Roundway Down we paused to acknowledge one of the pivotal battles of the English Civil War. The lovely Quakers Walk and the canal towpath took us through Devizes for coffee and cake at the canal side cafe.

Our 10 mile September walk, starting from The Charlcombe Inn at Lansdown, was enjoyed by fourteen walkers, skilfully and kindly led by Elaine. Fine views were enjoyed along the way as a splendid route passed Beckford’s Tower then on to Woolley, Battlefields, North Stoke and Kelston Round Hill. Our thanks to Elaine for a grand day out which concluded with post-walk refreshment at The Charlcombe Inn

Our August walk covered a relatively modest 8.55 miles but the 11 walkers ascended 1483 feet as we made our way from Bathford to Bailbrook, then climbing to Solsbury Hill and again to Bannerdown.  We were rewarded with excellent views, while Chilcombe Bottom and the Bannerdown SSSI treated us to splendid displays of wild flowers. Welcome refreshment was taken at The Crown Inn, Bathford.

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.