Upcoming walks and events
Stokke, Chisbury Woods. 4 miles
Meet The Chains (the island opposite The Londis in High St, Gt Bedwyn SN8 3NU)
This walk begins up Forest Hill from where we’ll take the grass path high on the bank above the traffic. This path was restored early last year with funding from the North Wessex Downs National Landscape. At the top of the hill, we’ll enter the fields and make our way to Stokke through the gates installed under the same project. These were the last of Great Bedwyn parish’s stiles to be replaced with gates. Then our route goes along the bridleway that skirts Bedwyn Common and then the lane to Chisbury Lane Farm and back through Chisbury Woods. Our walk conveniently ends close to The Three Tuns pub so there is the option to end the walk there with a drink or lunch. (If anyone wants to join me to make up a lunch table together there, let me know and I’ll book it) Judy Bedwynfootpathsgroup@gmail.com
Little Bedwyn, Burridge Heath. 4.25 miles
Meet The Chains (the island opposite The Londis in High St, Gt Bedwyn SN8 3NU) for a circular 4.25 miles walk through the water meadow and across the canal to Little Bedwyn and back by Burridge Heath and Jockey Green. All welcome to come along on this free sociable group walk. No stiles. Some road walking. Route subject to change on the day depending on path conditions. For more details contact email@example.com
Christmas walk 3miles followed by refreshments
Meet at Great Bedwyn Village Hall at 10.00am
An easy-going guided walk of 3 miles through woodland, meadows and along tracks to the south-east of Bedwyn village followed by mulled wine, hot drinks, refreshments and a raffle in the hall.
This is a free event and open to all but please send an email to let us know if you are coming to: firstname.lastname@example.org. A donation towards the cost of the refreshments, a plate of food to share or a raffle prize would be appreciated.
Canal, Crofton, Bloxham. 4.25 miles
Meet at Great Bedwyn Wharf, Brook St. SN8 3PB 10.00 am
The first half of this walk takes us along the towpath under the’ bridge to nowhere’ (as it is known locally) to Crofton and from there back across fields and along woodland tracks past Bloxham Copse and Shawgrove Copse to return to the village by St Mary’s Church. No stiles but expect mud! The route may be subject to change on the day if path conditions are poor due to heavy rain.
Ham, Totterdown House, Mount Prosperous. 6 miles
A circular walk of 6 miles from The Crown and Anchor pub, Ham SN8 3RB at 10.00am. The route will go from there, along Bitham Lane, to pass Totterdown House and Mount Prosperous. This is a varied route through the countryside between Ham and Inkpen. It is based on routes devised by Ron Forbes of The Crown and Anchor and his book of walks can be purchased from the pub. Ron was also instrumental in devising the Pewsey Vale Circular Way, a long-distance walking or cycling route and we will be walking on that trail for a short section of the route. Our group walk of 6 miles includes a long steady incline up and a shorter one down, plus 3 stiles.
There is the option of a light lunch together in the bar on our return but please let me know if you wish to have lunch because I need to tell the pub how many to expect and we may need to limit numbers. Judy email@example.com
There is a car park behind pub for customers and some limited roadside parking in the village. Please car share if you can.
Stock Common, Hatchet Lane. 3 miles
All welcome to join us for a walk out of Great Bedwyn and up Forest Hill on the grass path high above the road. This path was restored in spring thanks to funds from the North Wessex Downs AONB. We then continue through 3 gates which replaced the last 3 stiles in the parish earlier this year under the same project. Our walk then takes us along tracks, past Stokke Manor, through the trees of Stock Common and returning to the village along Hatchet Lane.
On our return we pass the church and it will be open for the Bedwyn History Society Archives Exhibition. Entry to the exhibition is free and refreshments will be available.
Meet at start on the island opposite The Londis Store,, High St, SN8 3NU. No stiles
Savernake, Hens Wood. 4.5 miles
Our walk will be on good tracks for a short way through the north-eastern end of Savernake Forest and then across to the paths of Hens Wood in the hope of catching the bluebells in flower. No stiles, one incline. For more details of the walk and the meet point please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedwyn Circular 4.5 miles
Everyone is welcome to come along for this circular 4.5 miles walk in the beautiful countryside around Great Bedwyn through fields, woodland, sunken lanes and water meadows. The village centre is never far away so there are many opportunities to leave the walk and return to the village if you don’t wish to complete the distance. No stiles, gentle inclines. Meet 10.00a.m. The Chains, Great Bedwyn, opposite the Londis store, High St, SN8 3NU. Bring a drink or snack for a short refreshment stop. This walk will cross the recently reconstructed pedestrian railway crossing behind The Knapp so it’s an opportunity to see the Network Rail’s improvements to that crossing, completed during the recent path closure.
Suddene, canal, Wolfhall Farm. 4 miles
A walk through open countryside close to Suddene Park Farm, returning along the canal to Wolfhall Farm. In a few places the walk crosses the route of the disused Midland and South Western Junction railway line. There are 3 stiles, and two flights of wooden steps, up and over the old railway embankment.
If you would like to come along, please contact for details of where to meet & park. email@example.com New walkers are always welcome on Bedwyn Footpaths Group easy-going sociable walks. Bring a drink or snack for our short refreshment stop.
Hatchet Lane, Crofton, Canal. 4 miles
Starting from the centre of Great Bedwyn, this walk will go across fields to the top of Hatchet Lane and then along the track beside the wood to Crofton Farm, returning along the towpath. All welcome. No stiles, no steep inclines, uneven and potentially muddy surfaces. Please protect yourself against ticks