Upcoming walks and events

Bedwyn Brail guided walk Friday 17th May

Date: May 17, 2019

Time: 11.30 am

Location: Great Bedwyn

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1.25 mile easy access circular walk

This walk is suitable for members to bring friends, family or neighbours, who may not be able to manage our usual walks. It’s a gentle short stroll along the central track of the beautiful Brail woods. The route could be suitable for some with wheels: off-road mobility scooters or some buggies. Contact for details, see below. Parking will be in a private farmyard with direct access to the track through the woods.

You don’t need to have limited mobility to come along. If you’d just like a short walk, some company to walk with, or if you just have an interest in local history and the environment then do come too. Dogs only on leads please.  Children welcome but must be accompanied. Along the way we will pause at intervals to sit and rest on the benches while Richard Charles, custodian of these woods, tells us about the wildlife that inhabit them, the flora and the ongoing archaeological investigations into the area’s history.

Before we head back to the start a light picnic lunch will be provided and toilet facilities will be available. Vehicles will be able to assist anyone who can’t walk the whole distance.

This is a free open event but places are limited and must be booked in advance:

Contact me, Judy Haynes by emailing: bedwynfootpathsgroup@gmail.com

If you have any special mobility or dietary requirements, or wish to come on wheels, please be sure to let me know well in advance so that we can be sure this walk meets your needs. Parking arrangements and directions will be sent out on booking.

Footpaths Group Walk Sunday 14th April

Date: April 14, 2019

Time: 11.00 am

Location: Chisbury

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3.75 mile circular walk from Chisbury

This circular walk is easy walking past Heron’s Point, Chisbury to Bedwyn Common and St Katherine’s. Then back past Sicily Cottages. There are lovely open views from the fields and a beautiful woodland section through the common.

Please contact for details of where to meet. Parking is limited and is on private property. I will confirm if there is enough space and send you directions. Please car-share if possible. Let me know if you are in need of a lift or can offer one. bedwynfootpathsgroup@gmail.com

There are a couple of road sections and road crossings on route but there are no nasty inclines. 3 stiles and some electric fences to negotiate.

Dogs on leads at all times near livestock and wildlife please, and especially at the farm as chickens roam free there.

Footpaths Group Walk Sunday 17th March

Date: March 17, 2019

Time: 11.00 - 13.30

Location: Great Bedwyn Square

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4.75 mile circular walk from Great Bedwyn Square

All welcome to come along on this walk to Bloxham, the Roman Road and the Holloway. A moderate walk with mud as standard sadly, two railway crossings, a steady incline up from the canal on the track of the Roman Road – but the good news is no stiles! On the way we walk through a field of sheep so dogs on leads please. If this walk sounds too challenging then do contact me and we can offer to take or fetch you from a halfway point if required.

I can’t guarantee that we will see these beautiful little funghi which I saw on the recce yesterday but I can show you where these Scarlet Elf cups grow.

Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day with us on this Sunday morning walk, followed maybe by a shot of Irish Whiskey at the Three Tuns afterwards… well that’s where you’ll find me!

Footpaths Group Walk Sunday 24th Feb

Date: February 24, 2019

Time: 11.00

Location: Great Bedwyn Village Square

Feb Walk

4.25 mile circular walk from Great Bedwyn Square.

This month’s group walk leaves from the centre of Bedwyn, meet in the square at 11.00 a.m. We’ll set off along to Little Bedwyn by Kelston Rd, up to Burridge Heath and back via Jockey Green and Galley Lane to the cricket pitch.

It should be relatively easy going so we should be able to stride along at a reasonably good pace. I’ve tried to avoid muddy areas and for much of the walk’s length we’ll be walking on hard surfaces. I’ve also avoided the towpath because there are canoe trials taking place and the towpath might be muddier than usual.

There is the option to have a lift to or from a halfway point if you prefer a shorter walk but contact me know beforehand if you’d like to do this. Parking: Be aware that parking space will be tight in Bedwyn centre that morning because of the canoe supporters’ vehicles so if you need to bring a car to the start let me know and if possible I’ll find you a space at ours.

Group walk Sun 20th Jan

Date: January 20, 2019

Time: 11:00 - 12.45

Location: The Plough, Shalbourne

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For this month’s walk we are going to try a new walking area with the prospect of a visit to a warm pub at the end of our winter walk so I’ve have arranged to start and end our walk at The Plough, Shalbourne. We’ll meet in the car park at The Plough (park there or beside The Green opposite) and take a 3.5 mile circular walk past the watercress beds, up the hill and across the road to zig zag our way to Shalbourne Heath Plantation & Baverstock’s Copse – a remote area but criss-crossed by many footpaths, bridleways & tracks. Then it is back to Shalbourne, past the church, where inside can be seen a plaque commemorating Jethro Tull (the agriculturalist – not the rock band!). He farmed at nearby Prosperous Farm. We’ll arrive back at the pub about 12.45pm – in time for an optional Sunday lunch there.

If you would like to stay for lunch at The Plough afterwards, please book with them directly in advance 01672 870295 www.ploughshalbourne.co.uk. When you book, tell them to note that you are with Bedwyn Footpaths Group and they will seat us together if they can. You will need to give them your menu choices a few days in advance so that they can cope with a group arriving all together.

The incline up from Shalbourne is quite steep but it comes at the beginning of the walk and we’ll take it slowly. After that the walking gets much easier, some on hard surface, broad grass tracks and woodland paths. Expect mud in places – or ice depending on the temperature!

Dogs on leads on the walk please – sheep in fields & busy road crossings. Please check with the pub if you want to take dogs inside.

Christmas Bedwyn history walk – Sunday 16th Dec 2018

Date: December 16, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 13;00

Location: Great Bedwyn Village Square

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This December our group celebrates its 4th anniversary and for our traditionally short Christmas walk we’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable member of the Bedwyn History Society who will lead us on a gentle walk of an hour or less around the village, stopping at various points of historical interest. Even if you already know Bedwyn well, I hope that you will find that some historical context will add to your enjoyment of future walks.

Meet in the square at 11.00 am. Contributions to a gift for our guide would be appreciated.

This walk is open to members, family and friends. Please let us know by email or phone if you are coming, so that we know what numbers to expect.  bedwynfootpaths@gmail.com

Footpaths Group November group walk

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 13;00

Location: Great Bedwyn Village Square

Chisbury Wood Oct 2018

Come to the village square Saturday 17th Nov, 11.00 am to join us for a 4 mile circular walk through the countryside around the village to enjoy autumn colours and open views.  The walk is open to all, easy going, no stiles

Footpaths Group Walk – 14th October

Date: October 14, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 13;00

Location: Great Bedwyn Village Square

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4 mile circular Walk. Sunday 14th October

Meet 11.00 am Great Bedwyn village Square, in front of The Stores

All welcome to come and join us for a 4 mile guided walk along footpaths that completely encircle Great Bedwyn. This walk passes through a wonderful variety of countryside; fields, tree-lined sunken lanes, beautiful village views, the river and canal and ends up by the pub! It’s an ideal walk route to recommend to anyone who doesn’t know the area very well or who doesn’t feel very confident about their map reading ability because you are never more than about half a mile from the village centre with all it’s facilities – so there is little chance of getting lost!  It’s a moderately easy walk, one pedestrian railway crossing but no stiles!


Footpaths Group Walk – Sunday 13th May

Date: May 13, 2018

Time: 11.00 - 13.30

Location: The Pelican Inn, Froxfield

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Meet at the Pelican Inn, Froxfield at 11.00am for a 4.6 mile walk to Jugg’s Wood and back through parkland and along the Long Walk through Stype Wood.  Optional pub lunch afterwards, contact to book lunch.

Dawn Chorus Walk

Date: April 29, 2018

Time: 04.45-.7.00am

Location: Bedwyn Brail


An early morning walk to listen to our local birds singing to greet the dawn. We’ll be accompanied by an expert naturalist and birder who will help us to identify the birds.