JULY RAMBLE: Wednesday 6th July: the Somerset Coal Canal revisited between Midford & Combe Hay

Start point and parking: in the car park of the Hope and Anchor pub at Midford, BA2 7DD. Please arrange to meet at the car park for 9.45am to commence walking at 10.00 am.

Terrain: is easy going along the Midford Valley – relatively flat with one or two stiles. The walk is approximately 4½ miles in length.

This is arguably the most interesting section of the Canal which once ran between the Dundas Aqueduct, Limpley Stoke and the Paulton Basin with a branch to Radstock. The Canal opened in the early 1800’s. The section of the canal between Midford and Combe Hay included 22 locks and a 66-yard tunnel. Prior to the construction of the locks the Coal Canal Company had tried the construction of three Caisson locks and an incline plane; both schemes proved unsuccessful.

This is a walk back into history to discover what remains of the various attempts to overcome the incline between the two villages in a tranquil setting through the Somerset countryside.

Lunch: is at the Hope and Anchor – a menu is available to pre-order your meal by 30th June.

Walk Leaders: Rachel and Tony 01380 870661, racheltony19@gmail.com. Please contact them if you wish to join the walk and to book your lunch.

JULY BIMBLE: Wednesday 27th July: Salisbury

Starting point and parking: at the Old Mill at Harnham, ready to start the bimble at 10.30am

Terrain: We’ll repeat last year’s very popular and gentle bimble of around 3 miles on flat, well trodden footpaths from Harnham across to old Salisbury, stopping in the Cathedral Courtyard for coffee – either in the cafe, drinking your own on the green, or visiting one of the coffee shop[s on the edge of the courtyard. We will then walk into Salisbury and round the riverside paths before picking up the footpath back across Churchfields to Harnham. This walk IS disabled-accessible and wheelchair-friendly.

Lunch: at the Old Mill at Harnham

Walk Leader: Geoff West 01380 870425 or g.west3@pobroadband.co.uk- please contact Geoff if you’d like to join the walk and/or join for lunch.

AUGUST RAMBLE: Wednesday 17th August: Erlestoke area

Starting point and parking: in the Church Car Park to start walking at 10am. Further walk details to follow…

Lunch: at the George and Dragon, Erlestoke

Walk Leader: Steve & Jan Ryan, contact steve.ryan.sr56@gmail.com for further information

AUGUST BIMBLE: Wednesday 31st August: Saltford

Starting point and parking: at The Crown, Saltford

Terrain: A delightful walk along the river Avon from Saltford to the Jolly Sailor for refreshment, before returning to the Crown for lunch. Further details to follow.

Lunch: at The Crown, Saltford

Walk Leader: Geoff West 01380 870425 or g.west3@pobroadband.co.uk- please contact Geoff if you’d like to join the walk and/or join for lunch.

SEPTEMBER RAMBLE: Wednesday 14th September: 

Details to follow…

Walk Leader: Sarah Dow, contact callymosh@yahoo.co.uk, 01380 871729 or 07870 909757

SEPTEMBER BIMBLE: Wednesday 28th September: Avoncliff

Starting point and parking: at the Cross Guns, Avoncliff

Terrain: A smashing tow-path walk from Avoncliff into Bradford on Avon and back for lunch at the Cross Guns. Further details to follow.

Lunch: at the Cross Guns, Avoncliff

Walk Leader: Geoff West 01380 870425 or g.west3@pobroadband.co.uk- please contact Geoff if you’d like to join the walk and/or join for lunch.


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
  • AUGUST Bimble – Geoff West 31st August, Saltford
  • SEPTEMBER Ramble – Sarah Dow
  • SEPTEMBER Bimble – Geoff West 28th September, Avoncliff
  • OCTOBER Ramble – John Tucker
  • NOVEMBER Ramble – Geoff West
  • DECEMBER Ramble – Sarah Dow
  • 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 racheltony19@gmail.com


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 www.ramblers.org.uk 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..