Upcoming walks and events
6 mile circular walk to Little Bedwyn, Monk’s Lane, Chisbury
The route this month is from one of our most recent walk leaflets. It’s a 6 mile circular route from the centre of Great Bedwyn at 11.00 am to Little Bedwyn, then it heads along a bridleway over the hills from Little Bedwyn and drops down to the A4 road before heading back up another bridleway to Chisbury. These are two lovely peaceful country paths but to reach them we will have to walk a couple of sections along lanes, and briefly cross and re-cross the main A4 road.
There are no steep ascents but there are some steady long uphill sections. Bring refreshments with you and allow about 3 hours to complete the walk with rest stops. As some of these paths are little used there will certainly be nettles and long grass. Please keep yourselves covered and protected from tick and horsefly bites. There are 5 stiles – all on the homeward bound section. Livestock are in the vicinity so dogs on leads please, and we cross a couple of fields with horses.
If this walk sounds too much for you but you would like to join us for part of it, please contact me in advance (email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll try to arrange a lift for you to join or leave the walk at a point to suit you.
Guided walk in the Brail woods
This walk will be accompanied by Richard Charles, the custodian of the Brails, and he’ll be taking us off the footpaths and into these private woods, to visit the site of this year’s archaeological investigations. Along the way we’ll stop at any veteran trees or other aspects of interest. Richard is hugely knowledgeable on the management and history of the Brails and his walks always promise plenty of interest.
The walk is open to non-members. If you’d like to come along please contact me in advance by email to email@example.com and I’ll confirm your place, send you meeting point, parking details and other info. Be aware that the ground will be rough and uneven, especially near the dig. All walkers attend at their own risk.
5 mile circular walk from The Square, Ramsbury, Sun 23rd June
All welcome! Meet 11.00 am in The Square, Ramsbury, in front of The Bell (SN8 2PE). Bring drink and a snack for our refreshment stop. No stiles.
Parking is roadside in Back Lane which leads off the square. Please park with consideration for residents. Please allow time to park, so that the walk can start promptly at 11.00am from the Square.
We are walking to Littlecote along the Kennet valley and back over the hills through Littlecote Park in the company of Peter Gallagher, a Ramblers Association volunteer who many of you have met already on previous walks. He has kindly offered to lead this walk and we will have the opportunity to stop and visit the Roman villa at Littlecote.
The walk will end back at Ramsbury about 2.00 pm. The Bell or The Crown and Anchor in Ramsbury would be good places to visit afterwards if you are in need of refreshment or lunch!
Axford Open Gardens is on the same afternoon from 2.00pm so if you want to make a day of it in the area, head to the Jubilee field for parking and transport to the gardens. Tea and Cakes at Stone House.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. email@example.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.
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!
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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org