Heritage Trail Project

Heritage Trail Project

8 Heritage Trails have been developed by the Project that aim to provide a series of waymarked, informed walks that are centred on Corsham and connected to Biddestone, Box and Colerne. The trails are provided to promote awareness of the quarrying industry, the milling trade along the By Brook valley and military presence in Corsham, Biddestone, Box and Colerne area.

The Heritage Trail Project aims to promote walking as a social and leisure activity by providing improved Public Rights of Way (PRoW) that will be way marked to aid navigation and the provision of a free leaflet to assist walkers to follow the route with links to further information to improve walker’s knowledge of the area. The Trails will also benefit Corsham and the villages, as a Walkers are Welcome town, by attracting visitors to our area with easy access by foot into the Avon Valley District of the Cotswold AONB.

The Trails have been inspected by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens who have put in more than 1500 hours of voluntary effort to have stiles repaired or replaced by kissing gates, improving paths with additional waymarker posts and dry-stone walls.The Cotswold Wardens worked alongside the Wiltshire County Council Countryside Access team to improve the paths and bridleways. The Project has received financial support from Town and Parish Councils, Cotswold Countryside Fund plus a grant from the Bingham Hall Trust and the Martingate Centre.

All 8 trails have been digitised and made interactive, and are now available to download. Please click on the images below. However, please follow the latest Government advice regarding going outside during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Heritage Trails will still be there when this is all over. If in doubt, stay indoors!

Barry Cox
Heritage Trails Project