2018 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
On -: Saturday 12th Janaury 2019
At -:Bradford on Avon (Wiltshire)
Venue The Swan Hotel (The hotel is a short walk from the railway station)
Bookings have now been closed
Saturday 6th October 2018
Bristol Parkway station is closed on the above date - please see message on the programme section - either sue the heading above or use the link to direct you to the appropriate section
Plans are for those between Westbury & Bristol Temple Meads -
For those between Weymouth & Westbury please contact the walks coordiantor on 07985 472844
Currently no other festival dates are known
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
Many of our walks go past places which we do not necessarily have time to visit, because of the time constraints with the length of the walk, number of people, fitness of the group and train times etc.
Why not take time to revisit these places on another day - using the train too.
Not all places provide refreshments, so as with the walks, please do take food and drink with you. Not all train stations have shops nearby either.
If there is time at the end of the day then please feel free to support the local cafes, pubs, inns or shops whilst waiting for the train.
The route from the station - allow 10 - 15 minutes - a nice route on a quiet path avoiding the road
Pictures -: Ann Light
The follwoing link gives an idea of the route and suitable footwear needs to be worn.
Use this link for clearer photograph of the above
Station - Bruton
Official opening has now happened - see below for details
This will be the international stage for contemporary art of Hauser & Wirth, who also have galleries in Zurich, New York and London. There has been a conversion from the 18th century threshing barn and adjoining buildings at Durslade farm.
Address -: Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Tel -: 01749 814060
Admission free (NB - No entrance fee is charged, but there is a donation box and for 2016 it is the the local Bruton Museum for details see - http://www.brutontown.com/museum/ OR http://www.hauserwirthsomerset.com/about/community/bruton-museum-ba53ce
Other years -: 2014 Somerset Wildlife Trust http://www.somersetwildlife.org/
Open - Tuesdays to Sundays
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
Gallery & Garden
10 am – 5 pm (March – October)
10 am – 4 pm (November – February)
Bar & Grill
9 am – 5 pm (March – October)
9 am – 4 pm (November – February)
Closed 25 & 26 December
The Gallery, Garden, Bar & Grill are closed: 5 – 12 January 2015
Includes town trail, things to see and do, places to eat etc
Courtesy of Catherine Phillips, Partnership Officer, Heart of Wessex Rail Partnerhsip
Station - Maiden Newton
It has a cafe which is open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10.00 am to 16.00 and all week during Dorset school holidays.
Their address is -:
Dorset Wildlife Trust
The Kingcombe Centre
NB offers excellent accomdation ring number below for details
Telephone number -: 01300 320684
See leaflet below
Bradford on Avon
Run by English Heritage
A spectacular 14th century monastic stone barn, 51 metres (168 feet) long, with a sophisicated timber-cruck roof.
Located 1/2 mile South of the town centre off B3109
Train - Bradford on Avon - 1/2 mile
Bus Libra travel 96, 98A. Frome minibuses service 98 & X96 to Frome Road Canal bridge and then short walk
Map 173, 156
Grid reference ST 823604
Run by English Heritage
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Nearest stations - Avoncliff - 2 miles
Trowbridge 3 1/2 miles
Bus: Libra 94, 96 and X96 from Trowbridge (pass close to Trowbridge station) to Wingfield and then 1 1/2 miles
OS Map 173 143/156
Grid reference ST801576
Farleigh Hungerford was begun in the 1370s by Sir Thomas Hungerford, speaker of the House of Commons and extended in the 15th century by his son Walter, Lord Hungerford, distinguished soldier and statesman. The remains of their fortified mansion include two tall corners and a complete castle chapel, crowded with family monuments and bedecked with wall-paintings. In the chapel's crypt the coffins of the many Hungerfords are still visibl, several with attached 'death masks'.
The colourful Hungerford family included two members executed during the Wars of the Roses and another - who imprisoned his wife herer for four years - beheaded by Henry VIII. A Tudor Lady Hungerford burnt her murdered husband's body in the castle's oven.
The story of Farleigh is told in an audio tour and extensive displays in the Priests House. There is a virtual tour for disabled visitors and family, plus educational facilities and a schools base with historic costumes.
Entrance fee is payable - members of English Heritage, can obatin free membership on presentation of a valid English Heritage membership card.
Run by The National Trust
Bradford on Avon
This beautiful small manor house, built over three centuries, has late Gothic and Jacobean windows, decorative plasterwork and two important keyboard instruments. There is also some fine period furniture, as well as some 17th and 18th century tapestries and a modern topiary garden. Note administered by the tenant. Plus NO toilet. House is unsuitable for the under - fives.
You can visit the property from 1st April to 30th September and they are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays (14.00 - 17.00).
There is an admission fee for Westwood Manor, but National Trust members can go in for free on presentation of a valid membeship card. Please check the website below for details.
Getting there - Map number 173
Grid reference ST812950
Train: Avoncliff = 1 mile
Bradford on Avon = 1 1/2 miles
Bus Bath train station to Trowbridge (passing close to Trowbridge station)
Website -: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/westwood-manor
Run by the National Trust
The tower is a 160ft-high folly designed by Henry Flitcroft for Henry Hoare II in 1772, on the site where it's believed that King Alfred the Great rallied his troops. It commands spectacular views over the three counties of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset. Please look at the Stourhead pages for opening times.
There is an admission fee for entrance to King Alfred's Tower, but National Trust members can obtain free entry on presentation of a valid National Trust membership card.
Website - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/
Nearest station - Bruton
Bradford on Avon
Situated between Bath and Bradford on Avon. This Grade I Italian-style garden is famous for its tranquil beauty and was home of the architect and designer Harold Peto from 1899 to 1933. Inspired by Italy and the gardens of Ancient Rome, he created a unique and romantic hillside landscape with an other-wordly atmosphere. It is characterised by terraces, sculpture and magnificant rural views.
Website - www.ifordmanor.co.uk
Run in conjunction with the Historic Houses Association
April to September
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays -
14.00 to 17.00
October, Sunday, 14.00 to 17.00
Fee payable - concessions do apply for OAPs, , students and accompanied children. Anyone who is a member of the Historic Houses Association, can obtain free entry on presentation of a valid membership card.
Please check website for current membership prices.
Iford Manor is part of the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and their website is www.hha.org.uk
and if the local website is unavailable, then please try the national website.
Nearest stations - Avoncliff and Freshford
Website - http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/
For full details about opening times, history and prices etc, please see the website.
Station - Bristol Temple Meads
Website - http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/
Please see website for further details
Guided tours by special arrangement for a fee
Taster tours are also available
Many of these places will ask for an entrance fee, so please do refer to the appropriate websites for fees, opening times etc.
Historic Houses Association (www.hha.org.uk), the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) and English Heritage (www.english-heritage.org.uk ) are membership organisations, which allow members to go in for free but non-members will be required to pay a fee. Please look at the websites for membership costs and also entrance fees for the properties mentioned.
Two Tunnels project from Bath to Midford and beyond, and on foot or cycle, and is is from Bath, Oldfield Park, Lyncombe Vale, Midford and beyond and the shared path is for anyone on foot, bikes, pushchairs and possibly horseriders. This is for anyone who needs a people-friendly route for commuting or leisure. This new and exciting path will link with exisiting cylce and walking paths and bringing many local communitites closer together.
Further details can be found on http://www.twotunnels.org.uk or http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/bath-two-tunnels
The leaflet below gives further details and a map and more details from Sustrans
Visit the museum at Castel Cary - this is free (or no admission charge) but donations are always welcome.
Website is http://www.castlecarymuseum.org.uk/
|Open from April to October|
|Monday to Friday||10.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 16.00|
|Saturdays||10.30 - 12.30|
Open on Bank Holidays when possible
The museum in Castle Cary is found in the historic Market House, a splendid mid-Victorian building in the centre of town.
The museum is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers
Address -: Hardy Monument
Tel -: 01297 489481
Grid reference -: SY613876
Prices - £2 adults, National Trust Members FREE, Children free (2015)
Open daily - 10.00 am to 16.30 pm - weather permitting
(Car parking FREE for National Trust members or a charge.)
Website - http://www.portlandmuseum.co.uk/
Tel -: 01305 821804
Address -: Portland Museum
Opening hours -: 10.30 to 16.00 - last entry - 15.30
(Open from April to October)
Cost - Adults £3.00
Seniors and Students £2.50
Children over 5 years: £1.00
Children 5 and under are FREE
Please check website for opening days before travelling
Website -: http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/
Address -: Trowbridge Museum,The Shires Shopping Centre, Court Street, TROWBRIDGE, Wiltshire, BA14 8AT
Tel -: 01225 751339
Entrance Fee - FREE
Opening hours - Tuesday to Friday 10.00 to 16.30, Saturdays 10.00 to 16.30
(Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays CLOSED
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