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 2018 monthly walk dates.

SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER  Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial, Westbury House Gardens  BA15 1DE

Jeremy Wire will be leading his second “mystery walk” which will be around 5 miles long.  The only clue we have been given is  that it will take in Widbrook Woods.

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.

TUESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER  Leaving 9.30 a.m. from the War Memorial, Westbury House Gardens  BA15 1DE

Phil Powell will lead this 6 mile walk from Freshford back to BoA. We will meet as usual in Westbury House Gardens then walk up to the station to catch the train to Freshford. Please bring £3.20 for the fare, £2.10 with a Railcard. Please also 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 welcome, 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 2018 

DAY DATE LEADER LENGTH ROUTE
Sunday 14th January  Jonathan Brown  6.5m Iford, Westwood, A.cliff
Tuesday 30th January Chris Turner  5-7m Turleigh, Winsley, Murhill, Avoncliff
Sunday 11th February Richard Craft 6.3m Cumberwell, Ashley, Turleigh
Tuesday 27th February Alison Reynolds   6-7m Turleigh, Ashley, Winsley, Avoncliff
Sunday 11th March Chris Turner 7.5m South Wraxall & Great Chalfield
Tuesday 27th March  Jeremy Wire 6m  Mystery Walk!!!
Sunday 8th April  Tony Giles 6m Haugh, Inwoods, Gt Ashley
Tuesday 24th April  Richard Craft   6.5m Avoncliff, Westwood, Iford, Westwood, Avoncliff.
Sunday 13th May Helen Powell 12m   ALL DAY WALK
Tuesday 29th May  Jacqui Bryan 6m  Avoncliff, Turleigh, Winsley, Ashley
Sunday 10th June  Colin Dawe   7m  Avon Valley to Freshford, return via L. Stoke. Pop up cafe en route.
Tuesday 26th June Pam Hyde   7m Rowden Lane, Stowford, Westwood
Sunday 8th July Helen Powell   5.5m Winsley, Haugh, Great Ashley
Tuesday 31st July  Richard Craft   13m  ALL DAY WALK
Winsley, Dundas, Sheephouse Farm, Monkton Farleigh, Sth Wraxall
Sunday 12th August  Colin Dawe   6m  Rowden Lane, Wingfield, Westwood (pop up cafe #2 courtesy of WI)
Tuesday 28th August  Jonathan Brown   7m Farleigh Hungerford, Iford, Avoncliff
FRIDAY 31st AUGUST      
SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER          ANNUAL WALKING FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER  
Sunday 9th September  Jeremy Wire   5m “Mystery Walk”
Tuesday 25th September Phil Powell 6m  Train to Freshford & walk back to BoA
Sunday 14th October   5-7m  tba
Tuesday 30th October  Chris Turner  10+m  ALL DAY WALK
Sunday 11th November   5-7m  tba
Tuesday 27th November   5-7m  tba
Sunday 9th December   5-7m  tba
Christmas Day NO WALK  NO WALK  NO WALK  NO WALK