Monthly led walks
We lead two morning walks every month, on the second Sunday and the last Tuesday. They almost always depart at 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial (see map below) in Westbury House Gardens by the Town Bridge in the centre of BoA, BA15 1DE. There is no charge and they are usually between 5 and 7 miles long; we are generally out for around 3 – 3.5 hours. Three times a year we will lead all day walks with distances between 10 and 15 miles.
The walks are open to anyone at all – residents of BoA, visitors, neighbours from other towns and villages, in fact the more the merrier. They are very sociable occasions and we always have a short stop for refreshment, either en route or back in BoA.
We walk at a reasonable pace and stop occasionally to allow people to catch up. However, it is everyone’s responsibility to be sure they are capable of walking the distances we expect to cover and to make sure they wear appropriate footwear and clothing. This doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy expensive gear – robust shoes or trainers will be fine and something waterproof and warm, appropriate to the weather conditions; your comfort and protection are the main considerations.
The monthly walks are mainly graded as ‘moderate’ which means they will almost certainly involve climbing stiles and there will be at least one steep gradient to negotiate; because of the extra distance, the all day walks will be graded as ‘demanding’. The ground underfoot will be variable and we will encounter any combination of – tarmac, field & wood paths, rocky, uneven, muddy and tree roots. The pace will be steady (but not slow) and we will stop occasionally for a drink or to catch our breath!
Dogs: Assistance dogs are welcome.
Children: are also welcome and must be accompanied by a responsible adult who needs to be confident that the children have the stamina and concentration to complete the walk based on the information we have provided.
The Canal and River Trust pay & display car park in Baileys Barn, BA15 1BX (green triangle) has 100+ spaces and is less well used than the town centre car parks. It’s about an 8 minute walk to Westbury House Gardens (red square).
TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER
Leaving 9.30 a.m. from Westbury House Gardens BA15 1DE
Richard Craft will lead this demanding 14.5 mile, all day walk going out west from BoA and passing through Westwood, Iford, Hinton Charterhouse, Midford Valley, Limpley Stoke, Dundas, Winsley and Avoncliff. Please come prepared for some rough, stony sections, several wet, muddy areas, about 3 stiles and two long, steep climbs.
Bring a picnic lunch and refreshments for morning and afternoon stops. Depending on progress and timing, we may also be able to fit in a cafe stop at Avoncliff. We expect to return to BoA by 5 p.m.
Please only undertake this walk if you know you have the stamina and strength to complete it.