Peter's Walks are now on the main program 2017/2018
Saturday 8th April 2017, Cricklade Walk
We will visit a very attractive North Wiltshire town with many listed buildings where we will meet outside the church at 11.00am. The church is superb and is worth a lengthy visit and after a pub lunch-I suggest The Red Lion which is superb- we will then head off across North Meadow. This is a nationally important nature reserve where if we time this correctly we may see some attractive wild flowers.
The walk is six and a half miles long but almost completely flat. We will need to allow four to five hours for the walk to allow enough time to take
photographs along the way.
Saturday 22nd April 2017, Batsford Arboretum
Batsford Arboretum is situated about two miles west of Moreton-In-Marsh in North Gloucestershire.it is on the A44.
It is also one of the best places I have ever seen with its spring flower collections of magnolias and cherry blossom. The arboretum is a substantial size with many miles of walks and even a nearby deer park. There is a super café where we shall meet at 11.00am for a coffee and I will leave it up to you whether you want to have something more substantial for lunch there or visit Moreton which has many excellent pubs afterwards.
Bing tripods, wide angle and telephoto and close up lenses.If the weather is good there will be countless photo opportunities.
Monday 1st May 2017, Newton St Loe village day
This is a very large event for a small village just outside Saltford towards Bath. We will meet at the village church at 11.00am but allow yourself plenty of time to park in a large field just outside the village. Admission is free.
There are a huge number of events and photographic subjects including musicians, classic cars, morris dancers and a large street fair.
I went along three years ago and it was excellent.
I hope to see you there.
Sunday 7th May 2017, Bruton
Bruton is a very attractive old Saxon town in South Somerset surrounded by lovely countryside.
I suggest that we meet outside the parish church at 11.00am and go for a coffee and a quick exploration of the town. It might be more practical to have lunch at say, 1.00pm and then do the 6 mile walk afterwards. You can walk off your lunch and a pint. This is a super walk reaching the highest hills around Bruton with great views but does require a good level of fitness.
Well worth doing and definitely memorable. Please let me know if you want to come along and I can book the pub. I know The Sun is very good.
Sunday 4th June 2017, West Somerset Railway
This is one of the longest railway preservation railway lines in Britain but we are not going along the whole route today.
We aim to meet at Bishops Lydeard Station at 10.00am for the 10.30am first train journey to Watchet where the plan is to spend the day in this attractive little seaside town, have lunch there and catch the last train back to Bishops Lydeard at about 5.00pm. If you do not want to travel to Watchet by train we can arrange to meet you there. Obviously, the trains themselves are, photographically very interesting but Watchet has a picturesque harbour and many old buildings in the town. If it is raining there is a good town museum.
I might gauge numbers of attendees and then book a pub for a 1.00pm lunch.
Saturday 17th June 2017, Figsbury Ring Walk
A six and a half mile walk in the far flung corner of Wiltshire north east of Salisbury and south east of Amesbury.
We meet at the National Trust Figsbury Ring car park at 10.30am and then explore this massive Iron Age earthwork
heading down to Winterbourne Dauntsey with an interesting church(usually open), through Winterbourne Earls and then to Hurdcott
where there is an excellent pub called the Black Horse which I suggest we book for 1.30pm.
Towards the end of the walk there is a two mile road stretch along a Roman road and we then end up back at the car park for maybe some late afternoon photographs.
Good landscape and buildings photographic opportunities.
Saturday 24th June 2017, Somerset Levels Churches Tour
I am looking for support organising a church tour meeting at St Cuthbert's Church, Wells at 915am and then onto Bartle, Middlezoy where we will have lunch at The George Inn,Westonzoyland, Muchelney & High Ham. This is being organised by The Diocese of Bath & Wells.
There will be opportunities to take photos inside all of the churches and this should be an interesting journey around The Somerset Levels with a cost of approximately £10 per head.
I do need support for this so please let me know if you can come along.
Saturday 8th July 2017, Tewksbury Medieval Festival
This is the largest free medieval re-enactment and fayre in Europe and is held in the historic and attractive town of
Tewkesbury. The event commemorates The Battle of Tewkesbury in May 1471 during The War of the Roses. Admission is free but there is a charge for car parking so it may be an idea to share cars.
The gates open at 11.00am and we can arrange to meet at the entrance at 11.15 for 11.30 entry and we can contact each other by phone. For food there will be plenty of mobile food stands.
Bring a variety of lenses for portraits and battle scenes. The event finishes at 6.00pm.
If the weather is poor on Saturday the event also runs on Sunday and that day also has a parade from the centre of Tewkesbury.
A great event for photographic opportunities.
Saturday 22nd July 2017,Sharpness Walk
This is a six and a half mile walk starting at the Lammastide Inn, Brookend, Berkeley GL13 9SF at 12.00pm for a 1.00pm start .
You might want a snack at the pub and ask to leave your car there and then walk to Sharpness Pier, on to Sharpness Docks, past the marina and then on to the ships graveyard at Purton which is a famous photographic location, on to the village of Purton for a short canal walk and then back to the pub where I aim to be for 6.30pm for something to eat. We should book so please let me know if you want to eat there,
This is a fairly flat walk with few stiles and lots of interest along the way including lots of wild life as this is a SSI.
Saturday 12th August 2017 Sudeley Castle
An all day visit to a major castle attraction at the lovely town of Winchcombe north of Cheltenham. We will meet at the Visitor Centre at 11.00am and then spend the day exploring the interior and super gardens which should still be good at this time of year.
Admission fee is £14.95 but free to Historic Houses Association friends but this does offer an excellent day out with many photographic opportunities. I suggest that we have lunch at the Terrace Café which offers cooked meals. I have noticed that Stroud Camera Club are undertaking a year long photographic project at the castle so it may be worth looking at the castle web-site before you go.
Sunday 27th August 2017, Huntspill Walk
A day out in the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve for a six mile walk. A very good opportunity to photograph many different birds and to photograph large flat landscapes..
We will meet at The Crossways Inn on the A38 just south of Huntspill for a 1.00pm start after asking if we can leave our cars in the car park. We pass the attractive church heading north until we reach the River Brue and then head towards the River Parrett and walk along the estuary path eventually reaching the pub for food at 6.00pm and we will have to book.
Saturday 2nd Sept 2017, Moreton Show
We visit North Gloucestershire today just north of Moreton-In-Marsh.
This is one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the UK and well worth a visit. There are so many photographic opportunities and not just the animals. There are all kinds of sideshows such as tractors and classic cars plus horse events. You will run out of time to see everything.
Take a variety of lenses. The last time I visited I managed top get a real variety of photographs. Admission is £18 but for a full day out is good value for money. I would suggest car sharing.
When I know who is going I will arrange a meeting place. I would suggest arriving there by 10.00am so allow one and a half hour journey from Bristol
Saturday 23rd September 2017, Uley & Uley Bury Hill Fort
To Gloucestershire near Dursley for a five mile fairly hilly walk.it is not a long walk but there are two steep hills both up and down.
We meet at The Old Crown at Uley at 2.00pm for a drink and maybe sandwiches before or if you don't want to stay have something to eat there. We will aim to eat at the pub later in the day.
This walk has a pretty village, green flowing countryside, Cotswold stone cottages, tremendous views, sunken paths and the two high points of Cam Long Down and Uley Bury Hillfort.
The Pub is highly recommended but we will have to book.
Wednesday 18th October
New Trip to Aberaeron
I am planning our HPS tip for 2017 and the venue will be Aberaeron in Ceredigion, West Wales.
With regards to accommodation as the only hotels which could put all of us up together are more expensive I would suggest that similarly to Lymington we organise our own accommodation in the town and then we can meet up in the morning before embarking on our day trip. I can organise pubs to eat at in the evening and there are a good choice there.
Aberaeron is a very attractive Georgian seaside resort facing the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of lovely countryside. There are many excellent photographic locations nearby.
I have started the official break a day earlier than normal ( we will have a non-speaker evening at HPS that evening) to give us more time together but if you are interested in arriving earlier than I can organise something for you as well as I did at Bude.
Suggested days out include:-
Aberaeron and the coastpath.
Cardigan and Cardigan Castle. The castle has just opened after a multi-million pound reconstruction. The town is historic and has much to photograph.
New Quay. A very pretty seaside village where Dylan Thomas lived for a while.
Llanerchaeron. National Trust. An 18th Century gentry estate. Small attractive house and a working farm with a walled garden and pleasure grounds. Worth a day out.
The coastline at Mwnt and Cwmtydu which is gorgeous. The latter has a secluded church and a lovely bay to explore and the possibility of a lovely sunset as it faces due west.
Lampeter-a University town with some lovely woodlands nearby (involves a walk).
Please let Peter know if you can come along and I would suggest that you start booking accommodation very soon.
Saturday 28th October 2017, Stourhead
Stourhead in Autumn is absolutely stunning providing that the weather is all right.
The gardens are world famous and offer amazing landscape opportunities.A superb lake and a large number of unusual
buildings to photograph.The Palladian mansion is also worth taking pictures of although if the weather is good you may want to stay outside. I will leave you to choose.
We will meet at the entrance by the main car park at 11.00am and maybe have a coffee first. You have a choice where to eat for lunch and that is either the same restaurant of The Spread Eagle Pub next to the gardens in Stourton. This pub will get very busy.
Saturday 4th November 2017, Upton Lovell Walk
Another part of South Wiltshire just off the A36 beckons for this four mile walk near the River Wylie.We start by The Prince Leopold Pub where we shall meet at 10.30am for a coffee and then on with the walk through gentle countryside. This is not a difficult walk and I aim to be back at the pub by 1.30pm for lunch.
Brick and flint villages, grazing cattle and Wiltshire downland near Salisbury Plain.
The Pub is highly recommended and will need booking especially form seats with a riverside view.
Sunday 19th November 2017, Tintern & Tintern Abbey
Just across the Old Severn Bridge and up the Wye Valley to visit this iconic ruin situated on the A466 Chepstow-Monmouth road.
We meet by the abbey entrance at 10.30 have a coffee and then decide on best options.
The abbey is owned by Cadw ( Welsh Heritage) and you should get in free with your English Heritage card. There are many great photographic opportunities and this area is beautiful in Autumn. The village is very attractive and a visit to the old ruined church is well worth doing. There are also some shopping opportunities.
For lunch The Anchor Pub next to the abbey is excellent. A great place for photography.
Saturday 16th December 2017, Horton Walk
A pre Christmas walk starting at Little Sodbury Church just off the A46 at 10.00am where there is some roadside parking for a 4 mile walk which is gently undulating. We visit this attractive little church and head across footpaths including a short stretch on The Monarch's Way towards Horton and another old church (again usually unlocked) and then back to the start. Good footwear required as it will be muddy.
Afterwards I suggest lunch at The Bodkin Inn at 1.30pm just up the A46. I have checked the website and it does not look too expensive.
Sunday 31st December 2017, Saltford Walk
To finish off the year a very easy and flat three mile walk starting at 10.00am at The Bird In Hand Pub at Saltford. There is some parking behind the pub and under the bridge and also heading along to The Riverside Inn.
We head along the Railway Path and then walk down to the River Avon, to Swineford Lock and back again to the pub where I suggest lunch at 1.00pm. We will have to book.
This walk is suitable for everyone but you will need boots as it will be muddy.
Saturday 6th January 2018, South Stoke & Combe Hay Walk
Back to the attractive village of South Stoke near Bath for a three mile walk not heading to Midford this time but to Combe Hay.
Combe Hay is an attractive quiet village with a nice church and excellent pub, The Wheatsheaf Inn.This walk consists of one steady descent and one climb at the end but apart from that is not too difficult. The last mile of the walk along the flight of disused locks on the old Somerset Coal Canal is the same walk we did on the Midford Walk but is a very attractive stretch.
I suggest we meet at South Stoke Church at 10.30am and aim to reach the pub by 12.30pm for lunch which we will have to book.
Sunday 21st January 2018, Historic Bedminster Walk
Something different today insofar that we will be doing a four mile urban walk meeting outside Bedminster Library on the corner of Regent Road and Bedminster Parade at 10.30.
Bedminster Library, Stillhouse Lane, Windmill Hill City Farm, Victoria Park, Bedminster Railway Station, Green House, St John's Church British Road, Argus Road,The Tobacco Factory, Greenway Bush Lane, Coronation Road & Dean Lane
There are many photographic opportunities here and the aim is to have lunch at The Spotted Cow in North Street.
S]aturday 10th February 2018, Bath Walk, Dreaming Of Suberbia, Bear Flats, Oldfield Park & East Twerton,
We meet at Kingston Parade outside The Visitor Information Centre in Bath at 10.00am for a 4 mile pavement and footpath walk which is step free.
We will have lunch on the way and I will find a good location before the date. You will need walking boots.
This is a chance to visit a part of Bath you would not think of visiting and I know Oldfield Park is an interesting area with a variety of shops. We should finish about 3.00pm. Bring a variety of lenses for close up and architectural shots.
Sunday 25th February 2018, Burnette & Compton Dando Walk
Just the other side of Keynsham out towards Marksbury and through very quiet countryside. We meet outside St Michaels Church, Burnett at 10.30am A 4 mile walk which does have some muddy sections and with a visit to the delightful Tucking Mill.
We will have lunch at The Compton Inn at 12.30 pm and we will have to book as this pub is very popular. St Mary's Church, Compton Dando is worth a visit.
Most club members should be able to do this walk. There are gentle ups and downs.
Saturday 10th March 2018 Sherston Walk
A visit to Wiltshire near Malmesbury for a 5 mile gently undulating walk taking in two attractive villages both with interesting churches.
We meet at the entrance to Luckington Church at 10.30am (there is good street car parking within 15 minutes away).The walk comprises
approximately 50/50 country lanes and footpaths with many good photographic opportunities.
I aim to be at The Rattlebone Inn at Sherston for 12.30pm (we will probably have to book) and after lunch continue on this circular walk.
Please let me know if you want to come along.
Saturday 24th March 2018 Devizes and the Wadworth Brewery Tour
We will meet at Wadworth Brewery at 10.30am ready for the 11.00am tour which we will have to book. I will require names and commitment to come
along by Wednesday 7th March latest. The tour costs approximately £12 for under 60's and £10 for those 60 or over and lasts for 2-2.5 hours and is a chance
to visit approximately Devizes' most well known company. I will obtain more details before the due date, e.g where can we photograph.
After lunch at a Wadworth pub to be decided we will go on a town trail of approximately two miles exploring this very attractive town with many listed buildings. There is also the added attraction of The Kennet & Avon Canal.
If you come on this outing you do not have to visit the brewery and can just come on the town trail.
Saturday 7th April 2018 Bath Skyline Walk
A chance to experience a very well known National Trust walk six miles long and with lots of ups and downs, some steep but with very good views of the historic
World Heritage City of Bath. There are fields and paths and gates and stiles to be encountered.
We will walk to Prior Park, Sham Castle and go through Widcombe for example.
I have yet to try out the walk but I will have more details about refreshments nearer to the date.
We start at Bathwick Hill with our back to Cleveland Walk Grid reference 760647.
Saturday 21st April The Courts at Holt and a Country walk from Holt
This day out comprises two sections. We will meet at The Field Kitchen Café/Restaurant at 10.30am -this is situated at The Glove Factory (in the road opposite The Courts gardens) where there is also an alternative car park for The Courts Gardens. We will then do an easy three mile walk heading towards Great Chalfield Manor (which we do not visit today). This should be an easy walk suitable for anyone with a reasonable fitness level. Then for lunch at 1.30 at The Ham Tree Inn at Holt ( we may have to book) and then to the National Trust gardens at The Courts which are very fine gardens surrounding an attractive house (not open to the public). There should be many photographic opportunities as I know these gardens very well.
For those who may be interested there is a very good tea rooms/restaurant at The Courts which we can visit in the afternoon. The village green near the church and the area near to the church is quite photogenic as well.
You can come on this outing missing out the morning walk and maybe the lunchtime pub as well. Please let me know.