HIGHWORTH & SWINDON WALKING CLUB

Programme of Sunday Walks for Jan - April 2020

Newcomers are welcome to walk with us for a maximum of three times before becoming members.  Unless stated otherwise, bring a packed lunch and enough to drink. Good footwear and suitable clothing for inclement weather are strongly recommended. Sorry, these walks are not suitable for any dogs, as there can be high solid stone stiles, stepping stones across streams, encounters with livestock, etc. For further information, please contact Mary Hewitt on 01793 780039

Web: http://highworthandswindonwalkingclub.btck.co.uk; Facebook: Highworth and Swindon Walking Club

SUNDAY WALKS:  The meeting place and times for walks varies as follows: Euclid Street, Swindon (by the Civic Offices) usually leaving promptly at 9.00am; Brewery Street Car Park, Highworth usually leaving promptly at 9.30am; or Freshbrook Centre, Swindon leaving promptly at 8.00am.  Always check the programme carefully. If you plan to drive straight to the start point of the walk, please let the leader know in advance. 

Grading:  Very easy (flat); Easy (gentle slopes); Moderate (including some hills); Hard (hard climbs/hills); 

Very hard (mountains)

Participants walk at their own risk


Date

Meeting place, Walk start point, OS Map Number, Grid reference, Route and Leader

Miles/

Grade

Travel Contrib. Guide

£ max

Weds 1 Jan 2020

DEPART BREWERY STREET 10.00AM. Start point tbc.

Walk around the White Horse Hill at Uffington and Woolstone. Optional refreshments afterwards

Note: I have booked 10 places for lunch at The White Horse Inn, Woolstone after the walk on Jan 1st.  As they have ample parking we will start and end the walk at the pub car park. (meet at Brewery street, Highworth at 10am as planned). 

They seem to be reasonably flexible with numbers,  but can you please let me know if you do plan to have lunch at the pub by Saturday 28th Dec, to make sure 10 isn’t too way off the mark. (Note that the menu will be more limited than usual and we don’t have to order in advance) 

Leader: Morag Sullivan (07982 935442)

5-6 miles

Easy/

Moderate

£1.40

Sun

5 Jan

NO WALK

Sun

12 Jan

DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Park in layby at Maud’s Heath Causeway just past the river bridge. EX156 ST947758

Update:Tytherton, Stanley, Bremhill, Monument Hill, Avon. Walking along the river Avon valley, climbing to Bremhill church and village passing Maud’s Heath Monument then down to pick up the river Avon.

Leader: Julian Arthurs (07889 486156) Meet leader at start at 9.30am.

Approx. 11 miles Easy

£3.50

Sun

19 Jan

DEPART BREWERY ST 9.30AM. Park in New Street long stay car park in Chipping Norton (signed left off A44, and turn left very soon into car park). OX7 5NF (Toilets). EXP191 SP312269 Walk to the Rollright Stones and have lunch with the King’s Men and the Whispering Knights. Megalithic monuments on lay lines.

Leader: Richard Pearce (01793 762431 / 07513 009044)

9 miles

Moderate

£4.00

Sun

26 Jan

Update: DEPART BREWERY ST 9.30AM.  Turn right as you enter Coleshill and park along the long wall. EX170 SU236935 Coleshill, Longcot, Little and Great Coxwell.

Leader: Richard Pearce (01793 762431 / 07513 009044).

9.5 miles

Easy

£0.50

Sun

2 Feb

Update: DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Hackpen Hill car park, LR173 SU130748 Ridgeway, Polishers stone, Green Street, Rockley, return via Barbury Castle. A circular walk on the Marlborough Downs. Ancient knife sharpening stone. There may be some interesting fungi and a view if the weather is clear.

Leader: Frances Collingborn (01666 510738/07961 362128) Meet leader at start at 9.15am.

10 miles

Moderate

£1.30

Sun

9 Feb

Welsh Walk

The weather forecast is for heavy rain possible thunder and hail storms and gale force winds on the peaks. I am therefore going to cancel this Sunday’s walk.  Thanks Mike

DEPART FRESHBROOK CENTRE 8AM. A4046 car park on right at Aberbeeg, Ebbw Vale road 300 yards off A467 Roundabout. OL13/EXP152 SO206020 Hills overlooking Ebbw Vale. Mynydd Carn-y-cefn. Return via Nature reserve.

Leader: Mike Goodwin (01568 616473 / 07414 219102).

Meet leader at start. Ring Leader by 6pm previous day if going.

9.5 miles

Hard

(2,100ft ascent)

£11.00

Sun

16 Feb

Hi everyone
Sunday’s walk is cancelled.  I think this is the most sensible thing to do after studying the weather forecast.  However, I have been reluctant to do this.
Regards Hilary


DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Aldbourne (park near Pond or around The Green & car share if possible) EXP157/158 SU265756 postcode SN8 2FH. Baydon Hill Farm, Green Hill, Pigs Hill, Baydon Wood, Balak Farm,

Marridge Hill, Winchcombe Copse.

Leader: Hilary Smith (01793 644797 / 07788 643611).

7.5 miles

Moderate

£1.60

Sun 23 Feb

UPDATE: DEPART BREWERY ST 9.30AM.  Park in car park behind Co-op or on Enstone Road in Charlbury. EXP180 SP358196. Charlbury to Stonesfield, walking along the Evenlode valley. Some may remember we walked to Blenheim from Stonesfield last year.

Leader: Pete Saunders (0750 4461982)

8 miles

Easy

£3.70

Sun

1 March

DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Aldbourne (park near Pond or around The Green & car share if possible) EXP157/158 SU265756 postcode SN8 2FH.

Aldbourne Circular, Aldbourne, Liddington Castle, Upper Upham, Snap, using The Ridgeway. Great views. 

Leader: Annie Willett (07809 637890)

10 miles

Easy/ Moderate

£1.60

Sun

8 March

Welsh Walk

DEPART FRESHBROOK CENTRE 8AM. Neuadd Car park (3/4 mile before dam). OL12/LR160 SO037170 A collaborative walk clockwise around the challenging Pen y Fan Horseshoe with open mountain scenery and views all over. Can be shortened/eased by traversing round Cribyn if necessary.

Contact: Annie Willett (07809 637890)

Ring Annie by 6pm previous day if going.

9 miles

Hard

(2,400ft of ascent)

£11.00

10 March

REMINDER TO LEADERSDeadline for Sunday walk proposals for May-August 2020 Programme.


Sun

15 March

DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Park at Postern Hill in Savernake Forest

EXP157 SU197679 for a leisurely paced circular downland walk to Minal (Mildenhall) and back to the cars.

Leader: Joan Crosbee (01672 861359 / 07709 582477).

Meet leader at start at 9.20am

10 miles

Moderate

£2.10

Sun

22 March

DEPART BREWERY ST 9.30AM.  Meet at Car Park at Hampton Centre, Cirencester Road, Minchinhampton postcode GL6 8PE at 10am. EX168 SO893013 Frampton Mansell, Sapperton. Some Cotswold Hills.

Leader: Paul Lewington (01453 860956/07771 545108)

Meet leader at start at 10am.

10-12 miles depending on conditions

Moderate

£4.20

Sun

29 March

DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Pewsey Downs Car Park at Knap Hill EXP157 SU116638 East Kennett, West Overton and Gopher Wood. Hopefully the bluebells will be out.

Leader: Richard Pearce (01793 762431 / 07513 009044)

9 miles

Easy/

Moderate

£2.50

Sun 5 April

DEPART EUCLID ST 9AM.  Park in Back Lane, Ramsbury. EXP157 SU275717 postcode SN8 2QH Love’s Copse, Ewin’s Hill, Pentico Wood, Bolstridge Copse and possibly the Roman Mosaic.

Leader: Hilary Smith (01793 644797 / 07788 643611).

10 miles

Easy/

Moderate

£2.10

Sunday 12 April

EASTER SUNDAY – NO WALK

Sun

19 April

Welsh Walk

DEPART FRESHBROOK CENTRE 8AM. Car park at Pontsticill Reservoir. OL12 SO054143 Walk by Railway and Reservoir and over surrounding hills. Suitable for non-mountain walkers.

Leader: Mike Goodwin (01568 616473 / 07414 219102).

Meet leader at start. Ring Leader by 6pm previous day if going.

9.5 miles

Moderate (1300ft ascent)

£11.00

Sun 26 April

DEPART BREWERY ST 9.30AM.

Details to follow

Leader: Morag Sullivan (07982 935442)

tbc

£ tbc