2019 walks programme is out now


If  you have  anny queries about any of the walks, please either contact the leader direct or the  walks coordinator on 0117 933 4998


Should you require hard copy, then please call the walks coordinator on the number above

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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


West Somerset Railway - Minehead to Bishops Lydiard

Our supporting organisations - details of which can be found below

Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership
Severnside Community Rail Partnership
Friends of Surburban Bristol Railways
Great Wester Railway (the current train operator)

Summary of our supporting organisations and details of their websites

Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks would not run without the support of the leaders from the 4 areas that covers the line and the people that regularly turn up on the walks, but we are grateful for the support from the following organisations who help us with funding, advertisements and other general support.



Further details can be found on their websites, as much more goes on outside the events that we organise.


The Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership (website  http://www.heartofwessex.org.uk/  )

Gives  further information on the following -:

  1. Home Page
  2. Route and Destinations
  3. Explore
  4. Our Community Rail Partnership
  5. Contact

and many other details - this was revamped in early 2015


The Severnside Community Rail Partnership  (website http://www.severnside-rail.org.uk/ )

The website gives the following details -:

  • Homepage
  • About Us
  • Severn Beach Line Research
  • Communiity Payback Scheme
  • Station adoption
  • Guided walks
  • Commuting to Filton Abbey

and many other details


The Friends of Bristol Suburban Bristol Railways (FOSBR)

The website is as follows -:  http://www.fosbr.org.uk/

Contains details regarding the following -:

  1. Their case
  2. The Network
  3. Passenger Growth
  4. Events
  5. Newsletter
  6. Campaign Updates
  7. Stories and videos
  8. Joining
  9. Contacts
  10. Connections

Plus plenty of other information


The current train operating company, First Great Western (website http://www.gwr.com )

The website contains the following -:

  1. Lookup train times and tickets
  2. Plan your journey
  3. Look at destinations and events
  4. Offers
  5. Service updates
  6. Live departures

and many other things


First Great Western, 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    gwrfeedback@gwr.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 08457 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

                                  Customer Support





                                  PL4 6AB


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.




The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP)

The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) have a section on the Community Rail Diary section of their website and this is grately appreicated


For further information their website can be viewed as follows http://www.acorp.uk.com/


The website is a national website

Local Supporting organisations

Click on the picture for the website

Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome town,  not only do a walking festival in September each year, which we provide a walk on this programme, they help advertise other walks that we do to or from Bradford on Avon, Freshford and Avoncliff.   There is a separate page on the Bradford on Avon under Walking Festivals


Their website is http://www.walkbradfordonavon.org/


The walks for 2015 were as follows

1) Saturday 9th May 2015 - Freshford - 15 mile circular walk

2) Wednesday 13 May 2015 - 6 mile circular walk from Avoncliff - with time to visit Farleigh Hungerford Castle (free for English Heritage members or admission charge) - walk may be shortened at Freshford.

3) Saturday 16th May 2015 - FREE 2 hour guided tour of Bradford on Avon (blue badge equivalent) - maximum 3 miles

4) Saturday 6th  June 2015 - Freshford 9 mile circular walk

5) Saturday 13th June 2015 - Bradford on Avon - 9 mile circular walk

6) Wednesday 1st July 2015 - Freshford to Avoncliff - 6 mile linear walk - includes visit to Iford Manor Gardens - admission charge or free for Historic Houses Association members

7) Saturday 12th September 2015 - 7 mile circular walk from  Freshford.

8) Saturday 10th October 2015 - Westbury to Avoncliff - 11 mile circular walk - this walk may be shortened at Rode by using the bus to either Frome or Bath


West Wiltshire Rail Users Group (WWRUG)

Click on the picture to go direct to the WWRUG website

The West Wiltshire Rail Users Group (WWRUG) is an independent association which aims to maintain and enhance the rail services serving the West Wiltshire area.  Meetings are held throughout the year in local towns, with prominent speakers from the rail industry, local government and other relevant organisations, giveing infromative talks on rail related issues.

Members receive a regular newsletter in return for a very modest annual subscription.

The website for the West Wiltshire Rail Users Group is www.wwrug.org.uk and this includes a home page, meeting details and station information, as well as important links and how to join should you be interested.

Friends of Bruton Railway Station and supporters of Castle Cary Station

use the picture to find out what is going on in Bruton and Castle Cary

The group are a volunteer group founded in 1997 and affiliated to the Heart of Wessex Community Rail Working Party. This consists of similar groups for all the stations between Bristol and Weymouth and work on the Bruton station garden the group meet on the first Thursday of each month from March to November, and further details of joining can be found on their website

South Somerset District Council

Clikc here too for the Link to Discover South Somerset

Thank you to Mary Ostler (and staff) for advertisng our walks in the South Somerset area, that start from stations in the area - mainly Yeovil Pen Mill, Castle Cary and Bruton.


2014 walks were as follows -:

1) Saturday 24th May 2014 - Bruton 11 mile circular

2) Wednesday 18th June 2014 - 5 or 10 mile linear from Yeovil Pen Mill to Thornford

3) Wednesday 9th July 2014 - 8 mile linear walk from Yeovil Pen Mill to Thornford

4) Wednesday 27th August 2014 - 7 mile walk from Stoke Sub Hambden to South Petherton (using the bus from Yeovil to Stoke Sub Hamden and returning from South Petherton to Yeovil)

5) Saturday 20th September 2014 -Bruton - 10 mile circular walk

6) Wednesday 8th October 2014 - 6 mile walk from Bruton to Castle Cary


The website for other diary events is http://www.visitsouthsomerset.com/


This section lists many othere things going on in the area.


South Somerset District Council website for other details is -: http://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/


2015 walks were as follows -:

a) Wednesday 27th May 2015 - 7 mile circular  walk from Montacute - inluding Montacute Park and Odcombe, using the bus to get to and from Montacute (Yeovil Pen Mill)

b) Saturday 30th May 2015 - 9 mile circular walk from Castle Cary

c) Wednesday 17th June 2015 - 4 mile circular walk from Bruton - time in afternoon to visit Hauser and Wirth Art Gallery

d) Thursday 3rd September 2015 - 7 or 10 mile walk from Yeovil Pen Mill

e) Saturday 3rd October 2015 - 6 or 12 mile circular walk from Bruton

f) Wednesday 14 October 2015 - 6 mile linear walk from Bruton to Castle Cary




Frome Town Council

Cheap Street Frome

Frome Town Council - various events go on throughout the year


The Tourist Information Centre

5 Palmer Street



BA11 1DS


Tel - 01373 465757


Discover Frome Website -  www.discoverfrome.co.uk

(There are monthly markets on 1st Sunday of each month from March to December each year)


Or try this website http://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/



open walks and paths



This primarily is an Inventory of Websites describing named paths, trails and related walks and ways which are 'open to all'  and it is supplemented with links to other Websites which are more generally relevant to walkers and walking in the UK.

Westbury - credit Keith Seymour

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

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