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Event Reports from Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group


Wellow 3 June 18

4 Jun 2018 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

Sometimes it's difficult to convey the essence of a walk. It wasn't just the glorious weather, the combination of field and hard surface long distance path, the views across a landscape we don't often walk or the historical features encountered. There was something else, almost intangeable, created by the people present.

Many thanks to Rob (battling a recovering knee) & John for producing this Sunday saunter and to all those who came along - you know who you are and i thank you.
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Wilts & Berks revisited 20 May 18

31 May 2018 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

A repeat of a walk from 2015 to show off the advances in the restoration of the Wilts & Berks canal.

The Wilts & Berks ran from the Kennet & Avon canal at Semington in Wiltshire to the Thames at Abingdon in the then county of Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) with a link (the North Wilts canal) from Swindon to the Thames & Severn at Cricklade.

The walk started from Lacock and via a network of field and river paths, joined the canal just north of Reybridge. A diversion at double bridge took our intrepid band of (un)worthies to the heights of Nockets hill for lunch with a view....
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Merely a walk 6 May 2018

14 May 2018 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

A cloudless sky and temperatures indecently high for early May welcomed a dozen cheerful souls (and two dogs) to the panoramic delights of south west Wiltshire.

Starting with a steep ascent from Mere to the site of its castle, the walk followed field paths and by-ways via the Stourhead estate before rising to Whitesheet hill. This is an area of downland beyond the south west corner of Salisbury plain, affording fine (if hazy) views in all directions. The return to Mere was a leisurely descent, finishing with a fascinating stroll through the town itself....
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Keynsham and Queen Charlton 15 April 2018

16 Apr 2018 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

In spite of the ominous weather forecast ten walkers assembled outside St John the Baptist Church in Keynsham. In the event, there was some drizzle at times during the walk, but the temperatures were very pleasant and the views of the surrounding countryside quite extensive. Before commencing the main walk, we visited the nearby roman ruins and site of Keynsham Abbey.

Once outside Keynsham, just after passing almshouses built for the widows of soldiers killed in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, we followed tracks and paths to Queen Charlton, a pretty village green surrounded by stone cottages and an imposing parish church....
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