7th September 2019
Hidden Valleys & Panoramas of Corsham – Bradford on Avon Walking Festival
Distance: 11.5 miles
Start Time: 10.00
Duration: 6 hours
Date: Saturday 7th September
Start Point: Springfield Campus, Corsham SN13 9DN
Walk Cost: £5
Max. Number: 20
**Please note this walk starts at 10.00 from the Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd. Corsham SN13 9DN, where there is parking and toilets. Please make your own transport arrangements & we recommend car sharing if at all possible to minimise environmental impact.
This is a circular, cross country walk from Corsham to Colerne along country lanes, across farmland and through old woodlands, with far reaching views. There are lots of stiles and several steep climbs and descents.
The walk starts along the old tramway and through a nature reserve. We cross really peaceful countryside through the atmospheric Weavern Valley with its derelict farmhouse. Skirting Monks Wood, an SSSI and ancient woodland managed by the Woodland Trust we join the Macmillan Way for a short while, past Euridge Manor and on to Thickwood and Colerne where we stop for our picnic lunch. There are public toilets in Colerne and there may be time for a quick look inside the C13th St John the Baptist Church.
We make our way back to Corsham and the Springfield Campus through Widdenham, another hidden valley, before a steep climb back to Middlewick and Pickwick where Charles Dickens apparently stayed at the Hare and Hounds; the innkeeper, Moses Pickwick, may have inspired The Pickwick Papers.
This is the first year the Corsham and BoA Walkers are Welcome groups have collaborated to provide walks for each other’s festivals and we are delighted to be working like this with our neighbouring Wiltshire WAW town.
Easy – a mainly level, comfortably paced shorter walk (up to about 3 or 4 miles) with no stiles.
Moderate – a longer, more challenging walk (up to about 7 miles), faster pace, with steps, steeper gradients and stiles.
Demanding – longer and more demanding than moderate, faster pace, requiring greater stamina; possibly more, steeper gradients. We would expect participants to be able to keep up with the pace set by the leader, it is a walk rather than an amble.
THE ‘SMALL PRINT’
- Walk duration times are a guide and the actual walks may be shorter or longer than advertised. The time stated is the length of time we will be out, including stops for refreshments and guided tours.
- Walk leaders are in charge at all times. Their decision on participation is final and they may need to change a route due to local conditions or to adapt to changing circumstances. Should you wish to leave a walk the leader or backmarker should be informed & you will then be responsible for your own safety & wellbeing.
- We welcome people with assistance dogs, otherwise we have a ‘no dogs’ policy.
- Vulnerable people and U18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Every effort has been made to ensure that the information about each walk is correct and we reserve the right to make changes to or cancel walks should unforeseen circumstances arise.
- Booking fees are non-refundable.
HELPING YOU GET THE MOST FROM YOUR WALKS
- Please bear in mind that you are responsible for your own personal safety. Our leaders will have risk assessed every walk and will make you aware of any potential hazards at the start of the walk.
- Please make sure you have the ability and stamina to complete a walk based on the information we have provided.
Festival walk tickets are available from Monday 1st July at “Holidays and Cruises” 32 Silver Street, BoA BA15 1JX either in person or by phoning 01225 865725.
A £1 administration fee is applied to each transaction, whether paying by card or cash.
During the 3 days of the Festival, tickets, if still available, must be purchased from the registration tent in Westbury House Gardens.