Festival Walks

Online and phone bookings are now being accepted

  • You can book via the ‘Book Now’ buttons on this web page, by phoning The Pound Arts Centre Box Office on 01249 701628, or from 17th May by visiting at Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX. Mon – Fri 10:00-18:00. Sat 10:00-16:00.
  • Payment by debit/credit card, cash or cheque.
  • 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 ideas on places to stay during the festival, please visit the Tourist Information Centre’s website at www.corsham.gov.uk/visit/informationcentre.php.
  • 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 11th June in the Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Road, SN13 9DN.

Walk Grading

  • Easy: Mostly level terrain; suitable for most walkers
  • Moderate: Some short steep gradients or rough terrain; some stiles
  • Challenging: Requires fitness and stamina; steep gradients, stiles

Friday

Walk FRI1: Ford to Castle Combe Loop

Walk along the old coach road to North Wraxall and then to the idyllic village of Castle Combe before returning to Ford. Enjoy scenic views and wooded valleys.

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:30 White Hart Pub, Ford, Chippenham SN14 8RP. Please use the White Hart Upper Car Park, off the Colerne road.
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk FRI2: Corsham Blue Heritage Walk

Take a gentle stroll through Corsham Park viewing the Court and Lake before returning through open fields via Easton and Westrop.

Sponsored by Airbus

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  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 3 hrs duration
  • Start: 12:15 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: £5

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk FRI3: Hartham Grounds and Weavern Wonders – SOLD OUT

A unique opportunity to cross private land and to see Hartham Park’s estate and gardens, returning via the Weavern Valley and ancient woodland.

Sponsored by David Ingram Residential

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  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 4.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 13:15 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5 (Includes a donation to the charity, Wiltshire Mind)
  • Age: 12+

Click HERE for full details of this walk

Saturday Morning

Walk SAT1: Box, St Catherine’s and Marshfield Long Loop

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

Sponsored by People Business Psychology.

  • Distance: 17 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 8 hrs duration
  • Start: 08:30 from the Selwyn Hall free car park, Valens Terrace, Box, SN13 8NT
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT2: Corsham Needs A Super-Hero

A local self-guided walk for teams of 2 – 4 to solve a problem and save Corsham from a terrible fate. You walk at your own pace. A map and questions are provided. You must finish by 16:30. Answer sheets will be sent out after the Festival weekend.

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

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

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT3: Corsham To Box Peacock Heritage Trail

A circular walk with magnificent views of the countryside between Corsham and Box whilst exploring the heritage related to the By Brook valley.

Sponsored by Airbus

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  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5.5 hrs
  • Start: 09:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 12+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT4: Kingsdown, Monkton Farleigh, Dundas Aquaduct

This circular walk has far reaching views. We pass through Sally-in-the -Woods, joining the River Avon path to Dundas Aqueduct and returning via Monkton Farleigh.

Sponsored by BCH Camping

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  • Distance: 10.5 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 6 hrs
  • Start: 09:30 from Kingsdown Golf Club back car park to the far right side, Kingsdown, Wiltshire, SN13 8BS
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT5: Historic Mills & Sites Along The By Brook

Lacock

From the picturesque village of Biddestone the walk joins the MacMillan Way along the Weavern Valley. We pass historic early industrial sites and walk through woodland to emerge in Castle Combe, returning via the nature reserve at West Yatton Down.

  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 6 hrs duration
  • Start: 09:30 from Biddestone Green, SN14 7DG
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT6: The Paths Less Travelled

Walk along lanes, through fields and settlements around Corsham, Neston and Gastard, passing farms, historic buildings and the Ladbrook Stream. We return via Corsham Court Park and Lake.

  • Distance: 8.5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 4.5 hrs
  • Start: 10:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 12+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT7: Hazelbury Challenge

An opportunity to follow the By Brook and walk the numerous paths around Hazelbury Manor returning via Lacey Wood, Box and including a view of Box Tunnel.

Sponsored by Corsham Chamber of Commerce

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  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 4.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from the Selwyn Hall free car park, Valens Terrace, Box, SN13 8NT
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT8: God’s Wonderful Railway, Brunel and Box Tunnels

A walk to Box with wonderful views. A railway enthusiast will give an informative talk about the famous Box Tunnels, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and GWR. Return to Corsham via the X31 bus from Box. Bring Bus Pass if applicable.

Price includes donation to Box Methodist Church Organ Appeal.

  • Distance: 6.5 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 4.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:30 from Springfield Community Campus. Finish in Box or return by X31 bus to Corsham.
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 12+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT9: Lacock, Spye Park, Bowden Hill Loop

A circular walk from one of England’s oldest villages, crossing water meadows and climbing through woods to Spye Park and Bowden Hill. There are splendid views of the River Avon’s flood plain and surrounding countryside.

  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:30 from Lacock NT car park, Hither Way, SN15 2LW. Parking charges may apply. Meet at the car park entrance
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT10: Nordic Walking

An introduction to Nordic Walking through a taster session giving an insight into how this can mobilise the whole body (8 people max).

Organised and sponsored by Gemini Outdoors.

  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 1 hr, 15 mins
  • Start: 11:00 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance.
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk

Saturday Afternoon

Walk SAT11: Children’s Treasure Hunt

This fun self-guided treasure hunt encourages children to discover the High Street and Corsham Park in a novel and enjoyable way.

Prizes kindly donated by Automattic Comics and Toys of Corsham.

  • Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 1 hr duration
  • Start: Any time between 14:00 and 15:30 from the Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, SN13 9HX. You must finish no later than 16:30.
  • Price: Free but please book CHILDREN in advance
  • Suitable for 5-12 year olds accompanied by an adult.

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SAT12: Lichens, Mosses and Ferns

Walk with Transcoco using hand lenses to see lichens, mosses and ferns on walls and trees. They’re always there – you never noticed!

Organised and Sponsored by Transcoco.

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: 14:30 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: FREE but please book in advance. Donations to TRANSCOCO optional.

Click HERE for full details of this walk

Sunday Morning

Walk SUN1: Cotswold Corsham to Georgian Bath

Walk from Corsham, via the rolling countryside to the centre of Bath. This is a linear walk so please make your own travel arrangements from Bath back to Springfield Campus. Sunday Service X31 from Bath Bus Station. Bring bus pass if applicable.

Sponsored by Carl Todd Clinic.

  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 6 hrs
  • Start: 09:00 from from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN2: Corsham Needs A Super-Hero

A local self-guided walk for teams of 2 – 4 to solve a problem and save Corsham from a terrible fate. You walk at your own pace. A map and questions are provided. You must finish by 16:30. Answer sheets will be sent out after the Festival weekend.

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

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

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN3: Corsham Bounds

This circular walk of Corsham showcases the variety of landscapes that surrounds the town. Lovely views including the By Brook valley.

  • Distance: 14.5 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 8 hrs
  • Start: 09:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN4: Woodland Wanders Around The Avon Valley

We pass through the beautiful Avon Valley, joining the River Avon and Kennet & Avon Canal pathways to the Avoncliff Aqueduct. We climb steeply to Winsley, Conkwell Wood and Murhill before returning to Bradford on Avon with fine views from the terraces at the top of the town.

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 6 hrs
  • Start: 10:00 from the Canal & River Trust car park, BA15 1BX. Parking charges apply.
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN5: Hidden Quarries of Box Hill

A circular walk taking in Box Common, with wonderful views over the By Brook valley. An expert on the history of the Box Hill mines will give a fascinating and informative talk.

Sponsored by Airbus

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  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 12+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN6: Hills & Valleys Beyond Box

This circular, hilly walk follows the By Brook, skirting Shockerwick to Alcombe and on to Colerne. We return through the Widdenham Valley passing Drewett’s Mill with stunning views across the valley.

Sponsored by BCH Camping

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  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Grading: Challenging
  • Time: 5.5 hrs duration
  • Start: 10:00 from the Selwyn Hall free car park, Valens Terrace, Box, SN13 8NT
  • Price: £5
  • Age: £16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN7: North of Marshfield

A circular walk to the villages of West Littleton and West Kington, through secluded valleys and across high ground with far reaching views.

  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Grading: Moderate
  • Time: 5.5 hrs
  • Start: 10:00 from outside the Catherine Wheel public house, High Street, Marshfield, SN14 8LR
  • Price: £5
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN8: Ancient Parishes of South Wraxall & Monkton Farleigh

The walk follows farmland footpaths and quiet lanes from South Wraxall to Monkton Farleigh with ancient monastic links. We return to South Wraxall taking a glimpse at the 15th Century South Wraxall Manor House.

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 3.5 hrs
  • Start: 10:15 from the Long Arms, South Wraxall, BA15 2SB. On road parking or limited free parking in South Wraxall Village Hall car park opposite pub.
  • Price: £5

Click HERE for full details of this walk


Walk SUN9: Walkies – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Designed for dogs and their owners. Dogs must be able to manage stiles and be on a lead when requested. Organised by Guide Dogs for the Blind, Chippenham.

  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 2 hrs
  • Start: 10:30 from Castle Combe upper free car park, SN14 7HH.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance. Donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind optional.

Click HERE for full details of this walk

SUN9 cancelled due to COVID-19

Walk SUN10: Nordic Walking

An introduction to Nordic Walking through a taster session giving an insight into how this can mobilise the whole body (8 people max).

Organised and sponsored by Gemini Outdoors.

  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 1 hr, 15 mins
  • Start: 11:00 from Springfield Community Campus.
  • Price: Free but please book in advance.
  • Age: 16+

Click HERE for full details of this walk

Sunday Afternoon

Walk SUN11: Wildflowers – Woodland and Wetland Plants

On this walk with an enthusiast, we will identify wayside, woodland, meadow and wetland flowers and plants using magnifying lenses. Learn about their folk lore, stories, funny names and medicinal properties.

  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Grading: Easy
  • Time: 3 hrs
  • Start: 13:30 from Springfield Community Campus
  • Price: £5

Click HERE for full details of this walk