Walks

LOCAL WALKS

On the ‘Home’ page you will find several links to walking routes in and around Bradford on Avon.

viewrangerlogoWe are also building a bank of local walks using the “Viewranger” app for smartphones.   Click here for walks.

 

BRADFORD on AVON WALKERS ARE WELCOME’S TWICE MONTHLY  LED WALKS

Scroll down the page to see all the 2019 monthly walk dates.

 

TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER Leaving 9.30 a.m. from theTourist Information Centre, Westbury House Gardens  BA15 1DE

Jeremy Wire will be leading another of his “Mystery Walks” which will be around 6 miles long.

Please bring your own refreshment for a short stop en route.

SUNDAY 10th NOVEMBER  Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the Tourist Information Centre, Westbury House Gardens  BA15 1DE

Tony Giles will lead; details to follow.

Please bring your own refreshment for a short stop en route.

Assistance dogs are welcome on all our walks, otherwise we have a ‘no dogs’ policy.

Children are also welcome on our walks, 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.


 

War Memorial map
Red dot indicates the TIC

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 Tourist Information Centre (see map right) in Westbury House Gardens by the Town Bridge in the centre of BoA, BA15 1DE; this is the What3Words location. There is no charge for walks 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 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. They are very sociable occasions and we always have a short stop for refreshment, either en route or back in BoA.

DSC_9015We 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.

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The monthly walks are mainly graded as ‘moderate’ which means they will almost certainly involve climbing some 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!

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GETTING HERE

Advice on getting to Bradford on Avon – by public transport, cycle, car or even canal boat.


PARKING

Parking can be an issue in BoA as there is limited parking space. Please allow plenty of time to park your car as the walks leave promptly at 9.30 a.m.

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) via the lock and Frome Road. Current prices are £1.50 for 4 hours; £4.50 for 8 hours.

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Baileys Barn car park (green triangle) BA15 1BX

 BoA Walkers are Welcome led walk programme 2019 

DAY DATE LEADER LENGTH ROUTE
Sunday 13th January Jeremy Wire  5m Avoncliff, Murhill & Turleigh
Tuesday 29th January Phil Dring 6m Westwood, Avoncliff & Turleigh
Sunday 10th February Chris Turner  6.5m Turleigh, Winsley, Inwoods, Ashley
Tuesday 26th February Helen Powell  8m Canal & river to Hilperton
& return
Sunday 10th March Richard Craft  7m Westwood, Freshford, Avoncliff, Belcombe
Tuesday 26th March Jacqui Bryan  6m Ashley, Cumberwell, Bradford Leigh
Sunday 14th April Alison Reynolds  6m Westwood, Stowford, Rowdens Lane
Tuesday 30th April Chris Turner 6.5m  Bradford Leigh, Cumberwell  Little Ashley, Turleigh.
Sunday 12th May Ann Light 10m  K&A Canal, Whaddon, Staverton, Holt, Bradford Leigh. Back in BoA by 16.00  
Tuesday 28th May  Jeremy Wire  6m “Mystery walk” going west from BoA.
Sunday 9th June Colin Dawe 7m Avoncliff, Freshford, Murhill.
Tuesday 25th June Helen Powell  7m Lower Wraxall, Farleigh Wick, Ashley.
Sunday 14th July Jonathan Brown  7m Westwood, Iford, Farleigh Hungerford 
Tuesday 30th July Chris Turner   10m Conkwell, Midford, 2 Tunnels, Bath;
make own way home from Bath
Sunday 11th August  Tony Giles 6.5m Canal, Westwood, Oxstall Farm, Rowdens Lane
Tuesday 27th August Phil Dring  7m Westwood, Farleigh Hungerford, Iford
FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER      
SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER          ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 8th SEPTEMBER      
 Sunday  8th September  -  - No walk – Walking Festival weekend
Tuesday 24th September Chris Turner  7m Avoncliff, Freshford, Limpley Stoke
Sunday 13th October  Richard Craft  13m   Westwood, Iford, Hinton Charterhouse, Midford Valley, Dundas, Winsley, Avoncliff
Tuesday 29th October  Jeremy Wire  6m “Mystery walk”
Sunday 10th November Tony Giles tba
Tuesday 26th November Chris Turner  tba
Sunday 8th December Danny O’Callaghan  tba
Tuesday 31st December Richard Craft  6m Inner Circuit of BoA Wheel