NOVEMBER RAMBLE: Wednesday 23rd November – Maiden Bradley 


Starting point and parking: In The Rank, Maiden Bradley: Google Maps link here. After leaving the A361 to join the B3092, you will come into Maiden Bradley, and the Rank is the first turning on the right as you come into the village (there is a parking area about 50yards up the road.) We’ll start walking at 10:15am (allow around 45-60 minutes travel time from Keevil depending on traffic).

Terrain: This fabulous walk of around 6 miles has a bit of road walking to begin with where care needs to be taken, but after that it’s well trodden footpaths, byways and lanes. Apart from a steep climb and descent at Long Knoll the remaining walk is steady with some gentle climbs.  The going could be muddy, especially if there’s been steady rainfall prior to the walk date. Poles could be advisable to assist in the descent of Long Knoll in particular.

Heading out of the village the walk will ascend Long Knoll; a steady climb which will offer great views across the Somerset countryside. The walk then continues along footpaths and byways through Selwood Forest climbing Gare Hill, along the Wiltshire-Somerset border. Gare Hill summit offers great views across to Frome and Marston.  From there the walk will follow the footpath back through the forest to Bradley Lane which leads back to Maiden Bradley.

Bring coffee to enjoy en route.

Lunch: Is booked for 1.30 at the Frome Flyer. I have decided against the Bradley Hare for lunch, the menu was rather exotic and very expensive. To that end I have reserved a table at the Frome Flyer, on the ring road around Frome, as you enter the industrial estate. It’s a Beefeater, so nothing exotic but basic grub with a good selection all at reasonable prices.

Walk Leader: If you wish to come on the walk, please contact Geoff West – (01380) 870425 or email

DECEMBER RAMBLE: Wednesday 7th December – Rode-Lullington round

Starting point and parking: In the car park at the Cross Keys in Rode BA11 6NZ (note the carpark is round the back, behind the pub) – ready to start walking at 9.45am sharp

Terrain: A circular and fairly easy-going ramble of just under 6 miles – winter walking is never entirely predictable, and much of the going will depend on weather in the preceding days, but this is beautiful Somerset countryside, gently undulating but no challenging hills, good footpaths and byways, and a few village roads.

From the Cross Keys carpark we’ll potter the next lane along to pick up a footpath that leaves Rode village to meet with the Macmillan Way, which we’ll stay on through to Beckington and on to Lullington, crossing the River Frome on the way. We’ll pause for coffee at the delightful 12th century Church of All Saints just up from Lullington village green, before picking up another footpath to the tiny village of Laverton. From here we’ll continue on the footpath beside the Henhambridge Brook before we cross the River Frome again and follow it back to Rode.

More details to be added once fully reccy’d…

Lunch: Is booked at the Cross Keys in Rode for 1pm. Depending on numbers, we may not need to pre-order; you can see delicious sample menus on their website and there are daily changes/specials.

Walk Leader: If you wish to come on the walk, please contact walk leader Sarah Dow – WhatsApp: 07870 909757, email:, home: 01380 871729. Please let me know as early as you can if you will be joining us for lunch so I can let the pub know how many of us there will be.


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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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.

RAMBLES, BIMBLES and walk leaders 2022-23 season

  • MARCH 2022 Bimble – Geoff West 22nd March, Devizes canal walk
  • APRIL Ramble – Isobel Geddes, 26th April, Pear Tree Hill & Erlestoke Wood
  • MAY Ramble – Rachel & Tony Howe 13th May, North Bradley
  • JUNE Ramble – Bob Ayres 15th June Heytesbury
  • JUNE Bimble – Geoff West 29th June, Corton
  • JULY Ramble – Rachel & Tony Howe 6th July Somerset Coal Canal
  • JULY Bimble – Geoff West 27th July, Salisbury
  • AUGUST Ramble – Jan & Steve Ryan 17th August, Erlestoke
  • AUGUST Bimble – Geoff West 31st August, Saltford
  • SEPTEMBER Ramble – Sarah Dow 14th September, Norton St Philip
  • SEPTEMBER Bimble – Geoff West CANCELLED
  • OCTOBER Ramble – John Tucker 12th October, Mells
  • NOVEMBER Ramble – Geoff West 23rd November, Maiden Bradley
  • DECEMBER Ramble – Sarah Dow 7th December
  • JANUARY 2023 Ramble – Colin Dimbylow
  • FEBRUARY 2023 Ramble – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH 2023 Ramble – Geoff West

History of the Walking Group

It’s all thanks to Ray Ward who started the group over 25 years ago, ably assisted by David Bodman who together until recently organised numerous fascinating walks throughout the area.

We continue their legacy by meeting once a month for a walk which is always followed by a fabulous pub lunch. Walks vary, usually between 4 – 6 miles, and we pace ourselves to suit the slowest walker, with time to enjoy the countryside views.

A recent introduction are walks known as Bimbles instigated by Geoff West which run mainly in the summer months for those who prefer even shorter walks with easier terrain.

New walkers are always welcome whether to just participate or organise a walk for the group!
Full details of forthcoming walks are published in the Village Magazine and here on the village website (and promoted on the Buzz Roundup).

For more information please contact Tony and Rachel Howe on 01380 870661 or email


Bimbles are shorter, easy-going walks of around 3-3.5 miles on well-established tracks and without stiles; Rambles are longer walks of 4-6+ miles with more mixed terrains and stiles. Both conclude at a pub for lunch. For 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).

All walks will take into consideration advice given by the Ramblers Association whilst we continue with caution during the pandemic.

  1. If you, or any member of your household , have COVID-19 symptoms, 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. 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..