Festival Walks

Festival Programme 2019

Booking now open

  • Booking opened on 1 April 2019 via the Book Now buttons on this web page or
  • by phone at The Pound Arts Centre Box Office – 01249 701628 or
  • visit The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX. Mon – Fri 10:00-18:00. Sat 10:00-16:00.
  • Payment by debit/credit card, cash or cheque. A £1 booking fee is added to total ticket value in a single transaction.
  • Confirmation is given during the booking process.
  • For further details on each walk see full walk details.
  • All booking enquiries should be made to The Pound Arts Centre.
  • Places are limited on all walks, so advance booking is strongly advised.
  • For full terms & conditions and how to book – see The Small Print.

OPENING CEREMONY

Corsham Walking Festival opening ceremony starts at 12:00 pm on Friday 7 June at Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Road, SN13 9DN.

Friday

Walk FRI1: South of Corsham SOLD OUT

This circular scenic walk takes us on a largely flat circular route through villages south and east of Corsham including Neston and Chapel Knapp and returns by Corsham Park and lake. Passing through open pasture with livestock and along country roads and includes a stop for your packed lunch.

We also pass some current mine workings and enjoy vistas looking over to the Gt. Cheverell escarpment and the Westbury White Horse. The walk includes about 20 stiles, some of which are rather high.

Please bring a packed lunch.
Sponsored by Airbus
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 4.25 hrs duration
  • Start: 12:15 Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk FRI2: Hartham Grounds and Weavern Wonders SOLD OUT

This walk offers a unique opportunity to see Hartham Park Estate, not normally open to the general public, by their kind permission and with the cooperation of the Jone’s who farm adjacent to Hartham, as we will be crossing and using their fields to access Hartham and later the Weavern Valley.

The 18th century Georgian mansion has 50 acres of gardens and parkland, landscaped by Harold Peto, and one of only three functional stické tennis courts in the world.

There will be a talk outside the house, about its history and a chance to walk in their gardens, including the Knot Garden, Stable Yard and Cock Tower and Ladies Walk.

The paths may be muddy if there has been recent rainfall, especially in the Weavern area.

Dogs are not permitted in Hartham Park grounds.

Access to external grounds by kind permission of Hartham Park.
Access to farm paths by kind permission of Church Farm B&B.

  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 4.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 13:00 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: £5 includes a donation to the charity Asthma UK.

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk FRI3: Corsham Park Amble

A delightful circular walk through Corsham’s history via the Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses past the War Memorial and into the beautiful Corsham Park and lake designed by Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton.

Past the ‘Ha Ha’ and sunken fence and over the dry arch and on towards the Eastern end of the Park.

We then continue along country lanes to the quiet hamlets of Easton and Westrop via open countryside to return to Corsham Park.

Traversing the park towards St Bartholomew’s a 12th Century Saxon Church and the High Street. Viewing the Mayo Memorial, Town Hall used as a hospital during WW1 and passing many of the towns’ restaurants, public houses and shops.

An easy walk but there is a number of stiles.

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 3 hrs duration
  • Start: 14:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4

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Saturday Morning

Walk SAT1: Brown’s Folly

A circular, mainly level walk but with two fairly steep inclines of short duration between Wadswick and Kingsdown.

This walk takes us to Brown’s Folly, a Grade II listed building above the village of Bathford, set amongst flower-rich grasslands covering the old spoil heaps. Wild thyme, yellow rattle and several orchid species can be enjoyed here. The Brown’s Folly Nature Reserve is managed by Avon Wildlife Trust and designated an Site of Special Scientific Interest. The disused Bath stone quarries are now home to several species of bat, including the rare Greater Horseshoe bat.

The walk goes through beautiful countryside including woods and farmland and has spectacular views towards Colerne and Bath.

Please bring plenty to drink and a packed lunch.
Sponsored by Airbus.

  • Distance: 19 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 9 hrs duration
  • Start: 08:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk SAT2 Nordic Walking Taster SOLD OUT

This 1-hour session will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic walking can be. Get a taste of how light you will feel on your feet, how the whole body is mobilised and why you need to take the time to learn the technique. Nordic poles will be provided for your use.

Sponsored by Chafing Thighs

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Start: 09:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: Free but please book in advance
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SAT3: Cotswold Corsham to Georgian Bath

A lovely linear walk with excellent views passing hamlets and intriguing places of interest before walking along the Kennett & Avon canal towpath into the Georgian city of Bath. The route passes close to the two mile railway tunnel built by Brunel through Box Hill and then to Westwells where Bath stone was once quarried.

With a variety of landscapes and history the walk is very popular, and with the opportunity to stay in Bath mid-afternoon to explore the city or just relax with a cake and coffee!

Return to Corsham at you own leisure on the bus service (X31).

Sponsored by BCH Camping.

  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 6 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SAT4: A Murder Mystery

A dead man was found in the High Street near the Royal Oak. He had a wound on his forehead, which police say could have been done with a blunt instrument. Police noted the victim’s shoes were muddy. Police have found a small holdall containing an axe, a hammer and a used syringe by the old metal stile in the Carriage Drive and a muddy handkerchief by the big gates at the end of the Carriage Drive. Police have three suspects but are still baffled?

Can you help the police and solve the mystery? Who was the murderer? How was it done?

A self-guided walk around Corsham Town and Corsham Park, suitable for teams of 2 – 4.

A map and questions are provided to each team and you can walk at your own pace, although you must finish by 16:30. Answer sheets will be sent out after the weekend.

Prizes donated by Automattic Comics and Toys of Corsham for the highest scoring team.

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 2 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:00 – 14:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: Free but please book in advance

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk SAT5: Lacock Loop and Village

Lacock

This walk through open countryside takes us, after tackling many stiles, to the renowned National Trust village of Lacock, for picnic lunch break.

This quaint village with half-timbered stone cottages and medieval tithe barn has provided a location for many film and TV productions, including Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey. Step back in time and enjoy an unspoiled Cotswold village with a variety of buildings dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Bonnets and long swishing skirts are no longer required though!

Lacock Abbey, founded in the 13th century as a nunnery, is also notable as the birthplace of photography when owned by William Fox Talbot. His granddaughter presented the village and Abbey to the National Trust.

Sponsored by Carl Todd Clinic.

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SAT6: Wild Flower Walk SOLD OUT

Walk with a wild flower enthusiast to identify wild plants on Box Hill Common and Chapel Plaister Common – fragments of increasingly rare unimproved limestone grassland. This habitat is home to many colourful plant and insect species. We expect to find various native orchids, as well as Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor), Wild Mignonette (Reseda lutea), and other delights. Discover the significance of these plants to our ancestors, their botanical features and curious names. There are two stiles and possible muddy areas. Bring a hand lens and wild flower book if possible.

Optional group lunch at The Quarryman’s Arms is not included in walk fee.

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 3 hrs
  • Start: 09:30 from the Quarryman’s Arms Pub, Box Hill, SN13 8HN
  • Price: £5 includes donation to the charity Plantlife.

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Walk SAT7: West of Castle Combe SOLD OUT

Leaving the delightful village of Castle Combe we follow the Macmillan Way for a short distance towards Nettleton Shrub and the nearby site of a Romano-British settlement adjacent to the Fosse Way.

Using a mixture of footpaths and bridleways we make our way through both wooded and open countryside to the villages of West Kington and North Wraxall.

We pass the site of a Roman Villa at Truckle Hill on our return route to Castle Combe.

Please bring a packed lunch.

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from the Castle Combe Market Cross, SN14 7HT. Free car parking at upper Castle Combe car park, SN14 7HH.
  • Price: £4

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Walk SAT8: Circular Route Through the Avon and Frome Valleys

A walk lead by the BoA Walkers are Welcome. This is a circular walk through the valleys of the Rivers Avon and Frome passing Farleigh Castle and Iford.

Parking charges apply at Canal and Rivers Trust car park (BA15 1BX).

Please bring a packed lunch.

  • Distance: 9.6 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from the Canal and Rivers Trust pay car park, Bradford on Avon (BoA), BA15 1BX
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SAT9: The Hidden Quarries of Box Hill SOLD OUT

This walk goes from Corsham to Box Hill and back. The outward-bound journey from Corsham passes along Pockeridge Drive and Spring Lane to Westwells and across fields and quiet lanes to Box Hill.

At Box Common, near to the top of Quarry Hill, the group meets with an expert on the history of the Box Hill mines and an experienced mine guide. Our expert will give his popular, fascinating and informative talk on the history of the mines during their working life and since closure. At Box Hill there are excellent views down the valley to Batheaston.

After the talk and lunch/refreshments, walkers cross the A4 to follow a path towards the old RAF Rudloe Manor Site where there are excellent views across the By Brook Valley towards Colerne.

The return journey via wood and farmland paths goes through Rudloe Wood, then a steep descent and climb through the Larches and then uphill towards Pickwick Lodge. The remainder of the walk goes along farm tracks and quiet lanes towards Corsham via Middlewick and Pickwick, returning to the Campus.

Please bring a packed lunch.

  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5 includes donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SAT10: Mindfulness

Mindful walking, also known as walking meditation, allows us to slow down and cultivate a sense of calm and wellbeing as we appreciate being out in nature.

Beginning from the Campus, the walk passes through alleys and along paths to the War Memorial where we will pause and be given a brief introduction to mindful walking.

We will then continue our walk in silence, noticing the sounds and colours of Corsham Court’s beautiful parkland. We will walk without hurrying to the lake, paying attention to our environment and the experience of walking quietly in a group.

No meditation experience is required. We finish at Church House where there will be time for a cup of tea and questions about Mindfulness.

“We walk just for walking. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry” – Thich Nhat Hanh

This walk is organised by Mindfulness Generation.

Sponsored by People Business Psychology.

  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 2 hrs duration plus optional after walk tea and discussion – 45 mins
  • Start: 10:30 Springfield Community Campus. Finish at Church House, Church Street, SN13 0BY.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance.
  • Age: 12+

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Saturday Afternoon

Walk SAT11: Hidden in Plain Sight SOLD OUT

Many of us are familiar with the trees and flowers that come and go with the seasons, but we are strangely unaware of the non-flowering plants that are all around us, all the year round. At first sight they are just splotches and blotches on walls and trees, but looked at through a ‘times ten’ hand-lens we discover they have their own strange alien structures and are an important part of local biodiversity. We’ll be looking at ferns, mosses and lichens, most of them on walls that you might walk past every day, and some in local woods and gardens. In each of these groups there are a handful of common species you can quickly get to recognise, and learn a few jaw-breaking Latin names to amaze your friends. Diploicia canescens, we’re coming for you!

This walk is led by Transition Community Corsham (Transcoco), the local environmental and sustainability group which aims to make Corsham a more sustainable, positive and rewarding place to live and work.

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 2 hrs duration
  • Start: 15:00 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance. Donations to TRANSCOCO optional.

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Walk SAT12: Children’s Treasure Hunt

This self-guided treasure hunt encourages young people to discover the High Street and Corsham Park in a novel and enjoyable way. Families will hunt via flat pavements from the Campus to the High Street.

Answers to treasure hunt on return to the Campus where participants will be awarded a certificate and small gift.

Prizes kindly donated by Automattic Comics and Toys of Corsham.

  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 1 hr duration
  • Start: Any time between 14:30 and 15:30 from Springfield Community Campus. You must finish by 16:30.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance
  • Suitable for 5-12 year olds accompanied by an adult.

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Saturday Evening

QUIZ AND BUFFET SUPPER

This popular event completely sold out last year and strong demand for tickets is expected, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The evening provides much fun and laughter with a quiz open to walkers and non-walkers. Maximum of six people to a team, bring your own team or join one on the night to compete for The Golden Boots and an impressive array of prizes donated by local businesses.

Includes a delicious buffet supper by award-winning Elior Catering.

Special dietary needs catered for – please notify in advance to The Pound Box Office.

Licensed paying bar available. Raffle proceeds to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

  • From 19:00 – 23:00
  • Springfield Community Campus, Corsham.
  • Price: £12

Sunday Morning

Walk SUN1: Box, St Catherines and Marshfield Long Loop

A breath-taking circular route via Bannerdown, the secluded St Catherine’s Valley to Marshfield before returning via Euridge and the peaceful By Brook valley.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Sponsored by Airbus.

  • Distance: 17.5 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 8 hrs
  • Start: 08:30 from The Selwyn Hall free car park, Valens Terrace, Box, SN13 8NT.
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk SUN2: Nordic Walking Taster SOLD OUT

This 1-hour session will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic walking can be. Get a taste of how light you will feel on your feet, how the whole body is mobilised and why you need to take the time to learn the technique. Nordic poles will be provided for your use.

Sponsored by Chafing Thighs.

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 1 hr duration
  • Start: 09:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: Free but please book in advance
  • Age: 16+

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk SUN3: Corsham Bounds

This walk will completely circumnavigate the town of Corsham. It takes in the diverse terrain including woods, parkland, open fields, country lanes and roads.

Please bring a packed lunch.

  • Distance: 14 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 8 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

Click here for details of this walk.

Walk SUN4: A Murder Mystery

A dead man was found in the High Street near the Royal Oak. He had a wound on his forehead, which police say could have been done with a blunt instrument. Police noted the victim’s shoes were muddy. Police have found a small holdall containing an axe, a hammer and a used syringe by the old metal stile in the Carriage Drive and a muddy handkerchief by the big gates at the end of the Carriage Drive. Police have three suspects but are still baffled?

Can you help the police and solve the mystery? Who was the murderer? How was it done?

A self-guided walk around Corsham Town and Corsham Park, suitable for teams of 2 –4.

A map and questions are provided to each team and you can walk at your own pace, although you must finish by 16:30. Answer sheets will be sent out after the weekend.

Prizes donated by Automattic Comics and Toys of Corsham for the highest scoring team.

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 2 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:00-14:00 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance

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Walk SUN5: Hidden Valleys, Woods and Panoramas

The circular cross-country walk to Colerne has excellent far reaching views. The route uses rights of way across farmland, through old woodlands and along quiet country lanes.

The walk takes us into peaceful countryside through the atmospheric Weavern Valley with its derelict farmhouse. We skirt Monks Wood, a Site of Specific Scientific Interest and ancient woodland managed by the Woodland Trust. Briefly, we follow the Macmillan Way, a long distance footpath from Lincolnshire to Dorset, then onward past Euridge Manor to Thickwood and Colerne.

We make our way back through Widdenham, another hidden valley, before a steep climb back to Middlewick and Pickwick where Charles Dickens apparently stayed at the Hare & Hounds.

Walking poles may be useful tools for this hilly walk with numerous stiles.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Sponsored by BCH Camping.

  • Distance: 11.5 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 6 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SUN6: Castle Combe’s Babbling Brooks and Reserve Revealed SOLD OUT

Accompanied by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, this circular walk provides an interesting day, and includes a unique opportunity to visit a nature reserve managed by the Wardens and not normally opens to the public.

We venture along the wooded valley of the Burton Brook to the hamlets of Nettleton and West Kington. Our return route includes the Broadmead Brook, a clapper style bridge and Nettleton Mill, and then back to the dreaming Cotswold village of Castle Combe with its limestone cottages, often described as the prettiest village in England. Castle Combe has provided the location for many film and TV productions including Warhorse and Downton Abbey.

The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2018, marking half a century of dedication to the landscape and wildlife of the wonderful Cotswold countryside.

They are keen to recruit new members to continue this valuable work, while learning new skills. For more information see the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.

Please bring a packed lunch.

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 6 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from Castle Combe Upper Car Park, SN14 7HH (Free). GR ST 846777
  • Price: £5 includes donation to Cotswold Voluntary Wardens’ Countryside Fund.

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Walk SUN7: Biddestone, Slaughterford and Colerne Loop

We leave the picturesque village of Biddestone and its busy duck pond using footpaths across open farmland, along bridleways and quiet lanes.

The walk passes through the village of Slaughterford on the By Brook and onward to Thickwood. The name Slaughterford is thought to combine the old English for sloe bush and ford, or possibly ford of slates – referring to the limestone strata used for stone roof tiles. Mills on the By Brook are of Saxon origin. They milled corn, prepared wool and eventually high quality paper and some mill relics can still be seen here.

After Eastrip the route approaches Euridge. We can enjoy lovely varied open views across the Weavern Valley before arriving back at Biddestone.

There will be hills, possibly livestock in fields and muddy areas.

Please bring a packed lunch.

  • Distance: 8.5 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from Biddestone Green. SN14 7DG. Grid ref ST863735. On street parking.
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SUN8: Walkies

A walk specially designed for dogs and their owners. Dogs must be able to manage stiles and be on a lead when requested by the walk leader. Bring water for your dogs. Please park with care near the Common.

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 2 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:30 from Box Common, SN13 8HN.
  • Price: Free but please book. Donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind optional.
  • Age: 8+

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Walk SUN9: Charmy Down and the Splendours of St Catherines SOLD OUT

A walk from Marshfield to Charmy Down’s disused airfield, then back via St Catherine’s Valley.

Neolithic walkers may have used the nearby ancient Jurassic Way, which crossed the River Avon and passed around Little Solsbury hill. They left pottery shards and flint implements on Charmy Down, which was their likely home. There is evidence that another very ancient track crossed Charmy Down and descended into the valley along the present Hollies (previously Hollows) Lane.

On the slopes of Charmy down, groups of Celtic fields are clearly visible from a distance. These small square fields surrounded by banks date from the last centuries BC.

Please bring a packed lunch

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:30 from Market Place, Marshfield, SN14 8NP. Grid Reference ST 781737. 
  • Price: £4
  • Age: 16+

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Walk SUN10: Hazelbury Challenge

An opportunity to follow the By Brook and walk the numerous paths around Hazelbury Manor and return via Lacy Wood, Box.

  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 4.5 hrs
  • Start: 11:00 from The Selwyn Hall Car Park (Free), Valens Terrace, Box, SN13 8NT.
  • Price: £4
  • Age 16+

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Walk SUN11: Living on the Sun

The sun provides the energy needed to sustain all life on earth, in its great diversity. Explore the varied and sometimes surprising ways humans and wildlife use this energy for life. As we walk around Corsham we will find local sustainable uses of the sun’s energy, to provide electricity through solar power, locally grown food in allotments, orchards and bee hives, and transport (using our own energy to walk and cycle!). We will also find out more about the hidden biodiversity on our doorstep under the expert eye of Peter Harper, a leading environmentalist from Bath University. This walk is led by Transition Community Corsham (Transcoco), the local environmental and sustainability group which aims to make Corsham a more sustainable, positive and rewarding place to live and work

To find out more or to join Transcoco please see their website.

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 3 hrs duration
  • Start: 11:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: Free but please book in advance. Optional donations to Transcoco.

Click here for details of this walk.

Sunday Afternoon

Walk SUN12: In and Around Corsham

A mainly flat walk with views of a number of Corsham’s important houses and surrounding countryside. Architectural delights include the Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses (c.1668) and The Pound Arts Centre in the Victorian Corsham Primary School.

This delightful walk takes in some of the historic features of Corsham and part of the surrounding countryside, which offers some good views of the local area.

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 3.5 hrs duration
  • Starts: 13:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £4

Click here for details of this walk.