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 more details.

 

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

DECEMBER 2017

 SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER  Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial, Westbury House Gardens  BA15 1DE

Jonathan Brown will lead this 6.5 mile walk mainly along lanes and the canal & river paths; there will be a couple of stiles and some steps to descend. We’ll leave BoA with a climb up Jones Hill, along the level through Westwood and down to Iford. Another climb will take us away from Iford and back up to Westwood, passing Downside Nurseries then dropping down through fields to Avoncliff with a stop for coffee at the Cross Guns. We’ll return to BoA alongside the canal and river.

TUESDAY 26th DECEMBER  Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial, Westbury House Gardens  BA15 1DE

Shake off those Christmas excesses to join us on our annual 6 mile walk around the Inner Circuit of the Walking Wheel. Richard Craft will lead us, going clockwise around the town.  Mainly on well surfaced footpaths but with a couple of short muddy sections; there will be no stiles.

There will be no refreshment stop, although we may well finish off back in town to enjoy a Boxing Day tipple in a local hostelry.


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.


 

War Memorial map
Red dot indicates War Memorial

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 right) 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 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).

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Baileys Barn car park (green triangle) BA15 1BX

 BoA Walkers are Welcome led walk programme 2017/18 

DAY DATE LEADER LENGTH ROUTE
2017
Tuesday
31st October Richard Craft  14.5m  Hinton Ch’house, Midford
Sunday 12th November Jeremy Wire  6 – 7 m  Widbrook, Westwood, Avoncliff
Tuesday 28th November Helen Powell  7.5m  Widbrook, Wingfield
Sunday 10th December Pam Hyde
Tuesday 26th December Richard Craft  6m  Inner Circuit of BoA Wheel
2018
Sunday
14th January
Tuesday 30th January
Sunday 11th February
Tuesday 27th February
Sunday 11th March
Tuesday 27th March
Sunday 8th April
Tuesday 24th April
Sunday 13th May
Tuesday 29th May
Sunday 10th June
Tuesday 26th June
Sunday 8th July
Tuesday 31st July
Sunday 12th August
Tuesday 28th August
FRIDAY 31st AUGUST      
SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER          ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER  
Sunday 9th September
Tuesday 25th September
Sunday 14th October
Tuesday 30th October
Sunday 11th November
Tuesday 27th November
Sunday 9th December
To be decided (25th!) December  6m  Inner Circuit of Wheel