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BRADFORD on AVON WALKERS ARE WELCOME’S TWICE MONTHLY LED WALKS
TUESDAY 28th NOVEMBER Leaving 9.30 a.m. from War Memorial, Westbury House Gardens BA15 1DE
A 7.5 mile walk led by Helen Powell which will visit the northern section of Southwick Country Park. We will leave BoA via Widbrook and Trowle, with the return route visiting Wingfield and Westwood. The majority of the route is on footpaths through fields so they are likely to be muddy.
Bring some light refreshment for a short stop en-route.
SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER Leaving 9.30 a.m. from 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.
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.
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.
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 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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Advice on getting to Bradford on Avon – by public transport, cycle, car or even canal boat.
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).
BoA Walkers are Welcome led walk programme 2017/18