2017 programme out now
Any queries please call Joy, Walks Coordinator, on 0117 933 4998 (or if you would like a hard copy posted to you direct)
See the programme section
Sat 24 June 2017 - leader change only
See programme section for details
Saturday 24th June 2017
Bring Bus Pass OR Plus Bus is available with your train ticket purchase (for those with a railcard but no bus pass 1/3 off bus fare if bought with a railcard) OR a single fare to Portland Heights at a cost of £2.20 - single only required
NB - Leader is now Sylvia Popham
Tel -: 0117 979 3828
Bradford on Avon
Walkers are Welcome Walking Festival
Friday 1st September 2017 to
Sunday 3rd September 2017
For further details go to the following link - the programme will be put on our website as soon as it is available - see the separate festival page section of this website.
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
No need to book, buy a day return to the relevant station.
Starting point -: Walks start at the arrival station indicated on each walk.
Linear Walks -: Buy a ticket to the station that is furthest from your departure station.
Discounts -: These are available if you have a Senior, Young Persons, Two Travel Together, HM Forces, Family or Disabled Rail card or by using the English National Concessionary Bus Pass scheme between Weymouht/Westbury/Weymouth - details further on
Group Travel -: Groups of 3 (three) to 9 (nine) individuals can travel together and all get one-thrid off the cost of Off-Peak Day returns or Off-Peak Singles. The condition is that you must all travel together on the same trains, from the start to finish.
On occassions a Day Ranger ticket may be more economical for a longer journey.
Costings -: Please check the National Rail Enquires, various websites for Great Western Railway, The Train Line, National Rail (and any others) for costings. These are not put on out website as they are far too numerous to mention and fares are normally revised in January of each year.
Bus Passes -: If you have one of these, please carry it at all times, as buses are used to get to the start of the walk or to make it linear or even may be shortened.
Journeys between Westbury and Weymouth with a bus pass
Use your bus pass for a discount on the train
This is currently available further notice - see leaflet at http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/rail-cards-discounts/
If you currently have a Concessionary or Universal Bus Pass, this can be used for the following TRAIN journey between Westbury and Weymouth only.
It is important to state that this DOES not entitle the card holder to free travel as you would if you when travelling on a bus and conditions do apply.
Posters will be up at the following stations -: Westbury (Wiltshire), Frome, Castle Cary and Yeovil Pen Mill stations
It is only available from 09.30 on weekdays, all over the weekends and public holidays, therefore it can NOT be used on the 08.53 from Weymouth until it reaches Thornford (which is a request stop and the scheduled departure time is 09.31). I believe this to be valid and should be checked before travelling. Editor
The card can be used on the 08.41 from Bristol Temple Meads from Westbury when it is due to depart at 09.32
The times have been taken from the timetable that covers the period from Sunday 8th December 2013 until Saturday 17th May 2014.
The copy of the leaflet can be found at http://www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/rail-cards-discounts/
Request stops -: Stations at Thornford, Yetminster and Chetnole are request stops - Please advise the conductor on the train that you wish to alight at a request stop. When joining at request stops, please signal clearly to the driver to stop the train.
Short platforms -: Stations at Freshford, Avoncliff, Thornford, Yetminster and Chetnole, are and do have short platforms for trains over a certain length, and if you are alighting at any of these stations then you will be advised to proceed to the front of the train near the driver.
Buses - These may be used to shorten the walk or to get to a starting point from the station and this will be indicated on the programme. If you have a universal bus pass then bring it at all times.
For further enquires regarding train travel please ring 03457 48 49 50 - National Rail Enquiries - 24 hours or via the website of www.nationalrail.co.uk
Plus Bus is available in some areas and please check www.plusbus.info/ - this has to be purchased at the time of buying your train ticket.
The current operator is Great Western Railway and their website is as follows -: www.gwr.com
Great Western Railway, always appreciate feedback, and this can be done by e-mail, telephone, fax, textphone or by writing to them.
They can be contacted by the following means -:
1) using the website address above
2) E-mail email@example.com (this can be general stuff such as lights not working, or information boards etc) - can be used anytime of day or night
3) Telephone 03457 000 125
4) Fax 08456 000 125
5) Text phone 018001 971 329
(for the above numbers they are open from 0700 - 2200 daily)
6) Written address -
Great Western Railway
If you are contacting Great Western Railway about a specfic journey they will require all the relevant details such as name, contact details (address, telephone number etc) the journey details (ticket type and number, which are both found on the ticket), where you are going from and to, with departure times and arrival times, and length of delay etc.
If you are contacting them regarding a delayed journey it would be best to write (and it is FREEPOST - saving the cost of a stamp) and do not forget to enclose the ticket. Customer comment forms and Passenger's Charter claim forms can be picked up at manned stations, but this is not esssential as long as all the details are enclosed, but they just provide a useful prompt.
If the company is not contacted regarding a specific issue then it did not happen, however trivial it may appear, and you could well be helping customers in the future.
Other train information providers can be found on The Train Line http://www.thetrainline.com/
You may also with to look at Travel Line http://www.traveline.info/ or ring 0871 200 22 33
Ramblers' Association, 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87 -90 Embankment Road, LONDON SE1 7TW
Tel -: 020 7339 8500
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87 -90 Albert Embankment, LONDON SE1 7TW