WESSEX WANDERER RAILWAY WALKS
WESSEX WANDERER RAILWAY WALKS

ADVANCED NOTICES

Trowbridge Guided walking tour -

SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2016 provided by Blue Badge Guides

Lasting 1 1/2 to 2 hours FREE

Must be pre-booked with Ann by 9th June 2016 - there will be two (2) guides

Tel -: Ann 0117 979 8628

NB - Plenty of places still available (29/05/2016)

WALK DETAILS

Thursday 2 June 2016

Walk starts at Bath Spa station at 11.08  - arrival of  both trains

Meet leader outside the front of the station

8 mile moderate walk (circular)

(SO is NOT possible on this walk as advertised)

 

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Walk starts at Bristol Temple Meads station at 11.28 - arrival of the Weymouth train

7 mile moderate walk (circular)

 

Saturday 11 June 2016

Trowbridge Guided tour with Blue Badge Guides (two)

Plenty of places are still available

Booking advisable - see note above

Town tour - lunch options include pubs, cafes or alfresco

 

 

 

FESTIVALS

For programmes and other details -:

see this page of our website for any future dates and events that may take place throughout the year

http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/walking-festivals-and-ideas/

 

Bristol Walking Festival

Saturday 1st May 2016 to Tuesday 31st May 2016

Website - http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/walking-festivals-and-ideas/bristol-walking-festival-2016/

 

Bradford on Avon (Walkers are Welcome town) Walking Festival

Friday 2nd September 2016 to Sunday 4th September 2016

Website - http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/walking-festivals-and-ideas/bradford-on-avon-walking-festival-2016-1/

SPECIAL SCHEMES

Want discounted travel?

Please see the following section regarding this

http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/rail-cards-discounts/

includes all rail cards and the discount scheme between Westbury and Weymouth

 

OR Plus Bus details can be found on

http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/plus-bus-details/

 

Bradford on Avon - Walkers are Welcome 2014 Festival - credit Emma Kirkup

 

Welcome to Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks 

 

These are free public guided walks from stations on the Bristol to Weymouth Railway line.

 

Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks were set up about 20 years ago and are a series of walks running from mid-May to Mid-October each year, and there are about 35 walks each year.

 

We use the 20 stations between Bristol & Weymouth and walk varying distances from 3 to 15 miles.

 

The walks are led by volunteers who are members of the Ramblers Asscociation, and come from the 4 areas of Avon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

Credit Susan Blake

Should there be a query regarding a specific walk that you are interested in, please ring the leader direct or the walks coordinator (both of these details can be found on the current programme).

 



Please note this website has current and correct details, and will be updated on a regular basis and should you have any questions / queries / comments about details of the website that might be of value,  please use the CONTACT button. 

Dorchester West to Maiden Newton

IMPORTANT NOTICE AFFECTING - 2016 WALKING SEASON

Please use the following link for a preview glance - http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/programme/  - should you require a hard copy of the programme because you are unable to print them, either ask the walk leader on a walk or ring the Walks Coordinator on 0117 933 4998 or use the contact button through this website on the final page and your request will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.

 

Walks start on Saturday 21st May  2016 and finish on Wednesday 12th October 2016 - a series of 22 walks on the line between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth and anywhere in-between!!

 

Walks details will be displayed on the left hand side and costings of bus fares will be put on the left hand side too,  as well as any ferry costs - it will also tell you whether PlusBus will be available (if you do NOT have aUniversal Bus Pass but do have a Rail Card - the rail card will also give you 1/3 off the cost of the bus ticket but this needs to be purchased at the same time as the ticket - please use the ticket office, the train manager or station staff for this ticket.

 

As with all walks please bring adequate food and drink, bring waterproofs and wear suitable shoes for the terrain.  If appropriate pleas carry any rail cards to purchase tickets, English National Concessionary Bus Pass (if you have one) and some money for any other incidentals.  Always endeavour to buy your ticket if you travel by train and retain it for inspection.

 

 

Wessex Walks Webmaster

14th May 2016

modernising the railway around the bristol area

Some  journeys  may also be affected by engineering works that may affect the journey, on the following dates -: Saturday 28th May 2016 to Monday 30th May 2016 - Late Spring Holiday weekend

-: Saturday 27th August 2016 to Monday 29th August 2016 - Late Summer Holiday weekend

(further details to follow) - though will assume that this will follow the same as May 2016

 

-: TePOD 3 - Temporary period of disruption - Bath Spa station is due to be clossed for a period of 3 (three) weeks in June/July 2017- again further details to follow - this will affect the walking season in 2017 - again details to follow

 

Journey times to and from Bristol Temple Meads need to be checked though may be affected but it is the journeys to/from Weymouth to Bristol Temple Meads should not be affected and it is on the lines mentioned below and will run at the normal times in and out of Bristol Temple Meads

 

As with all train journeys please check National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 (24 hour service, calls may be recorded) or National Rail Website of www.nationalrail.co.uk  or GWR Customer Services on 03457 000 125 (0700 to 2200 daily)

 

Journey times may take longer so please allow extra time for your journey. The leaflet below the next section tells you where the bus stops are (05/2016_

 

Wessex Walks Webmaster

2nd May 2016

 

Information about modernisng the railway between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa (details about 02/04/2016 to 11/04/2016 and 28/05/2016 to 30/05/2016
Shows details of the engineering works between the following dates -:
1) Saturday 2nd April 2016 to Sunday 10th April 2016 - dates passed
2) Saturday 28th May 2016 to Monday 30th May 2016
3) Saturday 27th August 2016 to Monday 29th August 2016
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Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

continuing moderisation of the railway - saturday 28th may 2016 to monday 30 may 2016 PLUS SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016 AND MONDAY 30TH AUGUST 2016

Saturday 28th May 2016 to Monday 30th May 2016

(Bank Holiday weekend)

Several routes around Bristol will be closed.

 

Services on the following routes will be amended -:

  1. London Paddington to Swansea
  2. The South Coast to Cardiff Central
  3. Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham Spa
  4. Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach

Rail Replacement Buses will be operating between -:

  • Swindon to Bristol Parkway
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Newport
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Tunnel Junction
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach
  • Bristol Temple Meads to Gloucester

Visit https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/filton2016  for more information

This may well affect people coming on the walk on Satruday 28th May 2016 but check for further details if coming from those directions to Bristol Temple Meads - though Rail Replacement Vehicles will be in operation but not at the frequency of the trains and also at different times - and length of journey times will also be increased.

 

Webmaster for Wessex Railway Walks

April 2016

Planned engineering works and covers May 2016 and August 2016 and details of the bus stops (05/2016)
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Adobe Acrobat document [640.6 KB]

UPGRADING THE SEVERN TUNNEL

The upgrading of the Severn Tunnel is due to take place from Monday 12th September 2016 to Friday 21st October 2016 and thus it will be closed.  As a result no trains will run between Patchway and Severn Tunnel Junction.  Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will be diverted and coaches will operate Bristol and Newport.

 

This is for Network Rail to electrify the Severn Tunnel and the Parchway Tunnels

 

More information can be found at www.GWR.com/SevernTunnel2016

 

This should not affect our walks too much but it could if anyone is coming from the South Wales direction

 

Wessex Walks webmaster

May 2016

The Severn Tunnel is closed from Monday 12th September 2016 to Friday 21st October 2016
use the following link for further details
Always check bus and train times before travelling and allow extra time for your journey
20160912_severntunnel.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [408.1 KB]

Weymouth line closures and disruptions

Engineering works that affect journeys n the Bristol to Weymouth Line only

 

Disruption for the Weymouth route is limited this year  follows -:


Weymouth to Castle Cary Sunday 25th September (may move to winter TBC)
Weymouth to Castle Cary Saturday 8th  & Sunday  9th October  (may move to winter TBC)
Weymouth to Castle Cary Sunday 6th November
Weymouth station closed Sunday 13th November
Weymouth to Castle Cary Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4 December

 

NB Some dates are to be confirmed but there may also be additional dates - please always check before travelling

Wessex Walks Webmaster

2nd May 2016

 

Ramblers' Association, 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87 -90 Embankment Road, LONDON SE1 7TW

Tel -: 020 7339 8500

E-mail: ramblers@ramblers.org.uk

Web: www.ramblers.org.uk

 

The Ramblers' Association is a company limited by guarentee, registered in England & Wales.  Company registration number 4458492.  Registered charity in England & Wales number 1093577.  Registered charity in Scotland number SC039799.  Registered office: 2nd Floor, Camelford House,

87 -90 Albert Embankment, LONDON SE1 7TW

Credit - Hilary West - Bath area
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