JULY BIMBLE: Wednesday 21st July , from Harnham, Salisbury

Meet/start: 10am at the Old Mill in Harnham, near Salisbury

An easy going walk of around 3 miles on level footpaths with no risk of mud or slippery surfaces. Starting from the Old Mill in Harnham, we will follow the back roads into the city to reach the Cathedral Courtyard. There are several cafes here where we can purchase a coffee, or, if you prefer you can bring a flask and sit on the cathedral green and enjoy your own brew. Leaving the cathedral grounds, we walk out onto Churchfields and follow the path back towards Harnham. It was along this stretch that Constable took inspiration for his painting of Salisbury cathedral, so there are plenty of opportunities to view it as we walk along. We then cross the river where it flows through the Old Mill Inn and enjoy a lunch there.

Booking and lunch: Please let Bob Ayres know (bob.ayres@hotmail.com or 07852620378) by 16th July if you are interested and if you would like to book for lunch – Pub menu will be available once we know what the Covid restrictions are for that day.

AUGUST RAMBLE: Thursday 12th August 2021: Radstock


This completes a trilogy of walks around the Radstock area organised by Rachel and Tony over the last few years. Radstock is the gateway to the Mendip hills and the former centre of the Somerset Coalfield. The town and its surrounding area hold many fascinating historical features lost in the passing of time where nature has now taken back control. This walk covers Radstock and the adjacent countryside much of which has not previously been explored by the Keevil Walkers. The walk although at the start is very urbanised, as it develops, we enter into (in Tony’s opinion) some of the best and more secluded parts of the area. The rural countryside is inspiring, dramatic and has great views to be enjoyed. It is one of Tony’s favourite parts having been brought up in this area of Somerset.

The walk will take in interesting features including past former collieries, majestic scenery and a superb example of a Somerset farmhouse. The walk concludes along a disused railway line.

Start point and parking is at the Tom Huyton Memorial park at Radstock BA3 3TX – opposite the former site of the Radstock Co-op on the Somervale Road towards Midsomer Norton. This is approximately 40 minutes car drive from Keevil. Please arrange to be at the car park at the memorial park at 9.45am to commence the walk at 10.00 (toilets should be available if required at the start of the walk).

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Terrain The walk is about 4.5 miles – easy going with a couple of manageable hills, no stiles and predominately rural lanes.

Lunch  This has been arranged at the Faulkland Inn  in the village of Faulkland on the Norton St Philip Road.  The postcode is BA3 5UH. A menu can be viewed on the website www.thefaulklandinn.pub  and please pre-order your meal via Rachel or Tony by Sunday 8th August.

Walk Leaders Rachel and Tony Howe (01380 870661). Please contact us if you wish to join the walk.

March 2021 Update

In anticipation of better days to come, we are looking to re-start the full programme of walks from July this year (subject to any Covid-19 restrictions). As previously organised, there will be two types of walks on different days – shorter, easy-going walks (Bimbles) and longer walks of 4-6 miles. Both types of walk will conclude at a suitable pub for lunch. Full details will be published in the parish magazine and website at least one month prior to each walk. If you require further details, particularly if you would like to join us for the first time, or would like to organise and lead a walk, please contact Geoff West (870425) in connection with the Bimbles and for all other walks, Rachel and Tony Howe (870661). Scroll down for provisional list of walks and walk leaders…

Should restrictions be eased earlier than July and providing it is safe to do so we will look to start our programme earlier. All walks will take into consideration advice given by the Ramblers Association www.ramblers.org.uk

Rachel and Tony (racheltony19@gmail.com)

  1. If you, or any member of your household , have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate in line with government guidelines. You should not take part in any activities with the Walking Group during this time.
  2. If you, or any member of your household, are clinically vulnerable, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others. Taking part in a walk could put you and those around you, at a higher risk.
  3. You do not have to feel obliged to join the walk just because you are a listed member of the Keevil Walkers.
  4. A full Risk Assessment will be posted to each walker outlining the walk and any problems it may have. Remember, paths can be slippery in wet weather, steep declines when muddy can be treacherous. Do not put yourself at risk if you feel you might have an accident which might lead to hospitalisation.
  5. Gloves or a sanitised cloth should be used to open gates and cross stiles.
  6. Due attention should be given to travel arrangements. No more than 2 people per car – both wearing masks, one driver, one back seat passenger, with windows open, unless you are from the same household.
  7. No sharing of food or drink if you are not members of the same household.
  8. A distance of 2 metres should be kept between walkers, especially at coffee breaks and picnics.
  9. Groups will be limited to 15 members.

See article here from West Wilts Rambling Group about local footpath improvement and maintenance. Also a really useful link to the Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Explorer map

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It was agreed that the system of the walk leaders organising the walk, pub/meal choices and publicity in the village magazine and website was working well. The additional summer bimbles (walks of less mileage, firm underfoot and no stiles) had also proved popular, and would be led by Sarah Dow, Geoff West, Myra Link and Janet White this year.


BIMBLING NOTE: In 2019 we added some shorter summer walks to the usual schedule; we intended to continue this in 2020, however Covid-19 put paid to activities. These walks are aimed at those of us that find longer rambles and uneven terrain a bit more challenging now, but would still like to get out in the fresh air for a bimble with friends. They are no more than 3 miles, flat, on good tracks and paths, and without stiles. As always, we start and end at at a pub and will stop for a coffee break on the way, either in a cafe if available or bring a flask, ending up at the pub for lunch. There’s no rush, just steady bimbles to relax into and enjoy.

When we are back to our walking schedule in 2021, bimbles will definitely remain an addition to the regular schedule. If you have any ideas about where you would like to go, please let us know, and remember this is open to everybody, not just regular walkers. Geoff West 01380 870425 e-mail g.west3@pobroadband.co.uk, or Sarah Dow 01380 871729 callymosh@yahoo.co.uk

RAMBLES, BIMBLES and walk leaders 2021-22 season

  • JULY Ramble – Bob Ayres
  • JULY Bimble – Janet White
  • AUGUST – Rachel & Tony Howe
  • SEPTEMBER Ramble – John Tucker
  • SEPTEMBER Bimble – Sarah Dow
  • OCTOBER – Colin Dimbylow
  • NOVEMBER – Geoff West
  • DECEMBER – Sarah Dow
  • JANUARY 2022 – Paul Lenaerts
  • FEBRUARY – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH – Geoff West
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes

History of the Walking Group

Thanks to Ray Ward who started the group over 10 years ago, and to he and David Bodman who have organised so many walks over the years.

We continue to meet once a month for walks which are always followed by a fabulous pub lunch. Walks vary, usually between 4 – 7 miles, and we pace ourselves to suit the slowest walker, with time to enjoy the views. New members are always welcome!

Full details published in the Village Magazine and here on the village website. For more information contact Tony and Rachel Howe on 01380 870661 or email  racheltony19@gmail.com