WESSEX WANDERER RAILWAY WALKS
WESSEX WANDERER RAILWAY WALKS

ADVANCED NOTICES

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

06/2017

WALK 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

FESTIVALS

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.

http://walkbradfordonavon.org/bradford-on-avon-walking-festival/

 

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/

Help Point - in use at some stations

PLACES TO VISIT - RECOMMENDED MAINLY AS WALKS GO PAST THEM

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.

 

Bruton

Hauser & Wirth, Bruton - Somerset now open

Inaugural exhibition - Phylida Barlow
Walking route from station - useful signs

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.

http://s1279.photobucket.com/user/aelight1/slideshow/Art%20Gallery%20walking%20route%20-%20Bruton

Hauser & Writh directions

Use this link for clearer photograph of the above

http://s1279.photobucket.com/user/aelight1/slideshow/directions

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

                  Durslade Fram

                  Dropping Lane

                  BRUTON

                  Somerset

                  BA10 0NL

 

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)

 

Christmas 2014
Closed 25 & 26 December


The Gallery, Garden, Bar & Grill are closed: 
5 – 12 January 2015

 

www.hauserwirthsomerset.com

Somerset Wildlife Trust is the chosen charity for 2014 - to be updated when known

STEP INTO BRUTON

Includes town trail, things to see and do, places to eat etc

Courtesy of Catherine Phillips, Partnership Officer, Heart of Wessex Rail Partnerhsip

Step into Bruton 2015
Step into Bruton 2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.7 MB]

Kingcombe Centre, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

The Kingcombe Centre

Station - Maiden Newton

 

Link http://www.kingcombe.org/about_us.html 

 

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
Toller Porcorum
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 0EQ

 

NB offers excellent accomdation ring number below for details

Telephone number -: 01300 320684

See leaflet below

Correct as of 8th June 2014 - Prices
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Kingcombe leaflet, what to see and do - up to date leaflets are available at the Kingcombe centre, this gives you a general idea
KINGCOMBE.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.0 MB]

BRADFORD ON AVON - TITHE BARN

Tithe Barn - Bradford on Avon

Tithe Barn

Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire

 

Run by English Heritage

 

Website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/bradford-on-avon-tithe-barn/

 

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

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Farleigh Hungerford Castle - via English Heritage

Run by English Heritage

 

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Somerset

BA2 7RS

 

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.

 

Website - http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/farleigh-hungerford-castle/

 

 

WESTWOOD MANOR

Westwood Manor via National Trust

Run by The National Trust

 

Westwood Manor

Westwood

Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire

BA15 2AF

 

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

KING ALFRED'S TOWER

King Alfred's Tower - kindly via National Trust

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

IFORD MANOR

Iford Manor

Iford Manor

Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire

BA15 2BA

 

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

 

Opening hours

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

Iford Manor details - correct as of May 2014
Iford Manor.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]
Peto Gardens at Iford Manor

SS GREAT BRITAIN

Website -  http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/

 

For full details about opening times, history and prices etc, please see the website.

 

Station - Bristol Temple Meads

ARNOS VALE CEMETERY

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

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

Two Tunnels Greenway - from Sustrans website May 2014
Two Tunnels Greenway Route Map V2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.5 MB]
Two tunnels project May 2014
Two Tunnels Project.pdf
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MUSEUM AT cASTLE CARY

Market Hall - Castle Cary

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.

We have a large collection of domestic and agricultural implements, archaeological and historical information and artifacts. Displays include; our geology section showing that this area of Somerset was once under the sea; the life of diarist Parson James Woodforde; Douglas Macmillan, the founder of Macmillan Cancer Support; T S Donne’s Rope and Twine Works; and John Boyd’s Horsehair Weaving factory. We also mount other temporary displays of topical interest.

The museum is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers

Hardy monument

Address -: Hardy Monument

                  Black Down

                  PORTESHAM

                  Dorset

                  DT2 9HY

 

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.)

 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-monument/

PORTLAND MUSEUM

Portland musem

Website - http://www.portlandmuseum.co.uk/

Tel -: 01305 821804

Address -: Portland Museum
                  217 Wakeham
                 PORTLAND

                  Dorset
                  DT5 1HS

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

 

TROWBRIDGE MUSEUM

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

Which way now?

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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