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Combe Hay – 19.9.21

September 22, 2021 at 7:32 am
A 5 mile walk starting and ending at Odd Down Park & Ride
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Great views on the way out
A carved wooden owl in the woods
We spotted a beautiful slow worm slithering in the undergrowth
Some friendly looking scarecrows
Gnarly old trees in the woods

Corsham – 29.8.21

September 5, 2021 at 1:44 pm
A five mile walk starting and ending in the village of Corsham
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The walkmeter link map is a little skewed as I forgot to turn the GPS off as I started driving home! Oops. Just ignore anything after the 5 mile marker.

Peacocks roam freely from their home at Corsham Court

Widcombe & Combe Down – 11.07.21

July 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm

Ramblers group walks have started up again. We’ll be leading this walk in a couple of weeks (all details on the Bath Ramblers website) It’s a lovely route with great views of Bath city from Alexandra Park and the Skyline trail. At the moment the fields are full of wildflowers and we even caught a glimpse of the llamas near Prior Park. (they weren’t cooperating for photos sadly)

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The view from Alexandra Park

Bath Skyline and Smallcombe – 6.12.20

December 14, 2020 at 12:23 pm

A great little walk for any visitors to Bath as it starts and ends at the bus/train station. There are a couple of steep hills which will reward you with some terrific views of the city.

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3.6 miles through town and country
Alexandra Park in Widcombe provides some of the best aerial views of Bath, even on a hazy morning.

Bradford-on-Avon Walking Wheel (spokes 7 and 8) – 15.7.20

July 21, 2020 at 8:43 am

Exploring the wheel again ..

Although we are still not organising group walks in this area it’s a good time to investigate potential new routes. Sometimes these recces don’t go quite to plan. We intended to walk up spoke 8, cut across using a footpath on the OS map then travel back via spoke 7. We went wrong somewhere around mile 3.5 so our intended circular walk ended up as a squiggly figure of 8. Nevertheless it was a very pleasant trip out.
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This was a very flat walk through a lot of wheat fields

Browne’s Folly – 5.7.20

July 7, 2020 at 12:37 pm
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This is one of our most familiar walks. It’s become a tradition to lead this route as the first one of the year with Bath Ramblers (you can see details in previous posts here, here and here. I’m pretty sure we did it in 2019 too but strangely there’s no write-up.) We are used to seeing it bare and chilly so it had quite a different feel overgrown with July foliage. The path through the nature reserve was clear though and the tracks were not too muddy considering the recent rains.

Sadly there were no goats around this time – unless they were hiding in the summer bushes.

Bradford-on-Avon Walking Wheel (Inner Circle) – 23.6.20

June 23, 2020 at 8:45 am

Well it’s been a while for obvious reasons but we finally got out for a walk. This is part of the Bradford-on-Avon walking wheel which consists of an inner and outer circle connected by 8 radiating ‘spokes’. The inner circle is 5.7 miles and takes in the outskirts of BoA town. You can buy a laminated map of the whole wheel at BoA library or tourist information. The routes are marked very well by colour co-ordinated markers on lamp-posts etc.

Bradford on Avon Walking Wheel Inner Circle
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swan on river
A swan gliding serenely down the Avon

Upper Swainswick – 8.3.20

March 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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A lovely spring day for a walk which involved lots of hills giving clear and far reaching views.  The walk started from Upper Swainswick and took in much of the Upper Lambrook Valley. The village of Woolley has an interesting church (Grade 1 listed) built by John Wood the Younger with an unusual cupola as shown in the photo below. After a few more hills and fields it was across the A46 where there were good views of St Catherine’s Valley and Monkswood reservoir. The walk then continued across Charmy Down – a former RAF station with its many abandoned buildings hinting at a bygone age –  and back under the A46 to the start.

All Saints Church, Woolley

Public Footpaths

February 11, 2020 at 8:05 am

An interesting article about saving our rights of way:

Walkers urged to help save historic footpaths before 2026 deadline

Browne’s Folly – 5.1.2020

January 7, 2020 at 9:55 am

Happy New Year from Bath Ramblings

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This walk starts and ends at Bathford Church
Walking up the hill towards Browne’s Folly