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

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

Winsley – 10.11.19

November 15, 2019 at 7:55 am
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This walk started from Hartley Farm and went through Turleigh then down to the canal at Avoncliffe. The canal was a really peaceful spot for a brief coffee break. Then it was uphill through Murhill to Winsley and back to Hartley Farm via Conkwell. It was a lovely day of welcome autumn sunshine and the trees were in their full autumn colour against the clear blue sky.

Autumn walks are so pretty

Larkhall – 4.8.19

August 10, 2019 at 9:18 am
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This walk started from Larkhall Sports Club and went round the edge of Charlcombe before heading up to Woolley with its attractive church and interesting graveyard and then on to Upper Swainswick. The return was via a footpath alongside but above the A46 and back through Lower Swainswick. There were several steep climbs which gave excellent views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Walking up the hill away from Bath

Kilmersdon – 20.1.19

January 24, 2019 at 9:24 am

This was a lovely walk with a good mix of landscape starting from Kilmersdon and quickly joining Colliers Way which still has a surprising amount of the old railway track. Much of the trackside is lined with apple trees and legend has it that these were grown when passengers on the trains threw their apple cores out of the window. The walk then headed for the grounds of Ammerdown House with its impressive column – this originally had a viewing space at the top. This is no longer accessible but the views would have been spectacular if you could manage the climb. After a brief lunch stop to take in the views it was back to Kilmersdon.

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It didn’t rain today but rain never seemed far away.

Newton St Loe – 11.11.18

November 12, 2018 at 10:25 am

A lovely day for a walk – clear blue skies and sunshine was a real November treat. The walk started from Newbridge Park and Ride and, after crossing the A4, went along footpaths to Newton St Loe before going through the grounds of Bath Spa University. One of the lakes provided a quiet spot for lunch before returning across the A4, under the railway line and along the cycle path to the start.

A 5.2 mile walk starting and ending at Newbridge Park-and-Ride

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Hinton Blewett – 22.7.18

July 23, 2018 at 11:16 am

A nearly 6 mile walk starting and ending at the Ring O Bells pub in Hinton Blewett.

This circular walk started in Hinton Blewett on a gloriously warm morning. The fields were brown and the mud had solidified which made for interesting walking. Fortunately there were also some shady lanes and wooded paths. The walk went through the lovely little village of Litton where the reservoirs provided a good lunch stop and the opportunity to watch the birds on the water.

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Primrose Hill – 24.6.18

June 26, 2018 at 8:46 am

This 4.2 mile circular walk started from Victoria Park and slowly ascended to Weston village and onwards and upwards to Primrose Hill for a well earned lunch break. A glorious day for a walk with clear blue skies, warm sunshine and wondeful views across the city.

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Ebbor Gorge – 22.4.18

April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

This is a walk we have done before here and here.  It’s 5 miles with lots of hills (and views on a good day) and woodland.

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This walk started from Ebbor Gorge car park and went down to the reserve by a steep flight of steps before levelling out for the walk to Wookey Hole village. At the end of the village a path led across fields to Arthur’s Point – good views in all directions. After a stroll through woods another series of hills gave spectacular views across the Somerset levels before returning to the reserve and back to the car park. A lovely spring day with primroses, anemones, bluebells and lambs aplenty.

Marshfield – 28.1.18

January 28, 2018 at 6:24 pm

A 4.8 mile walk starting and ending in Marshfield Village 

This walk started in the village of Marshfield and after crossing the A420 it followed lanes and footpaths across very muddy fields to reach the village of West Littleton with its very attractive church with a 13th century turret and bellcote. The return to Marshfield passed Castle farm with its turreted farmhouse – very unusual. The views over the rolling Cotswold hills were something of a teaser given the mist and low cloud but on a clear day would have been spectacular.

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