One additonal walk using the TransWilts Line (Swindon to Westbury)
1) Wednesday 10th August 2016
Trowbridge to Melksham
A LINEAR walk of 6 miles
See programme section for further details
Saturday 30 July 2016
Walks starts at Brisol Temple meads station
Meet leader outside of the station
Royate Hill, Troopers Hill and Arnos Vale - via parks and greenways
Circular walk of 9 miles
Saturday 20 August 2016
Linear walk of 10 1/2 miles
From Chetnole station to Maiden Newton station
Melbury Mubb, Evershot and Cattistock
Buy an off peak day return ticket to the station furthest from your home station
Chetnole is a request stop (and has a short platform, so please make your way to the front of the train)- please inform the guard that you wish to alight at Chetnole
Saturday 27th August 2016
Linear walk of 5 miles from Avoncliff to Bradford on Avon via Avonclif. Murhill, Winsley to Bradford on Avon
Buy an off peak retrun ticket to the station furthest from your starting point
Avoncliff has a short platform and you will need to be in the front carriage of the train as it leaves Bristol Temple Meads station
For programmes and other details -:
see this page of our website for any future dates and events that may take place throughout the year
Bradford on Avon (Walkers are Welcome town) Walking Festival
Friday 2nd September 2016 to Sunday 4th September 2016
Want discounted travel?
Please see the following section regarding this
includes all rail cards and the discount scheme between Westbury and Weymouth
OR Plus Bus details can be found on
(special offer on in July and August with Plus Bus - buy on line and thus in advance for £2) though check the website
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.
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.
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
Some journeys may also be affected by engineering works that may affect the journey, on the following dates
-: 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
1st June 2016
Saturday 27th August 2016 to Monday 29th August 2016
(Bank Holiday weekend)
Several routes around Bristol will be closed.
The above shows the late spring holiday weekend but the areas concerned remain the same
Services on the following routes will be amended -:
Rail Replacement Buses will be operating between -:
Visit https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/filton2016 for more information
This may well affect people coming on the walk on Satruday 27th August 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
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
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
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