Dursley Walking Festival 2017



Dursley Walking Festival 2017 

Provisional Programme of Walks

Friday 6th October 2017

 Walk  -   6 Walk commences 09:30

Seven Woods Birding Walk
 

Duration:     6 hours Distance:   8.8 miles

Start point and grid reference:   Market Place, Dursley,  GL11 4BS     ST 756981

Brief description:   Medium grade walk with stiles. May be slippery if wet. Mostly through woodland with some steep sections both up and down. There will be a pub half way round for that vital re-hydration and optional lunch.  Bring binoculars and also food and drink.
There will be numerous standing stops to watch birds.
Booking Required:  Limited numbers. To book please phone or text 07743 307686 or                                                                                                                                      email dursleywaw@gmail.com

Dogs allowed?:   Registered assistance dogs only.

Leader/organisation: Ronald Swanwick 07855 966564 swanwick@stablestudio.co.uk

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Walk  -  9 Walk commences 09:35

                                      Bus Walk 

 Stonehouse to Dursley

                         via the Cotswold Way


Duration   7.5 hours Distance  9.5 miles

Start point and grid reference.    May Lane Bus Station, Dursley,  GL11 4JH GR754981  

Brief description.    The walk will start from Stonehouse and join the Cotswold Way. It then follows the Cotswold Way up and down the Cotswold Way (some large ascents which will be taken with breathers!)) to reach Coaley Peak viewpoint for lunch at approx 1.30pm. There will then be a short detour off the Cotswold Way to visit Nympsfield to use the facilities at the local pub and a chance for a drink for those who wish to purchase. We will then return to the Cotswold Way and continue to follow it as it meanders it way along the escarpment. Depending on the time we will either finish with an ascent of Cam Longdown and then descend into Dursley or we follow the valley path back to Dursley.
The terrain is a mix of track, woodland paths, some rocky terrain and farmland with a small amount of tarmac and a number of stiles so sturdy walking footwear is required. We may encounter livestock.
Walkers can start the walk by meeting us at the bus stop in Stonehouse near the Medical centre at approx 10:15
Please check bus timetable (no 61) or Walking Festival website to confirm bus times as the bus times are liable to change a little.

Bring food and drink. Also bring bus pass or bus fare, the fare from Dursley to Stonehouse was £4 at last time of checking.

Please come properly equipped to suit the weather conditions and with suitable bag / rucksack to store food, drink, coats etc.

Booking Required:  Limited numbers. To book please phone or text 07743 307686 or                                                                                                        email dursleywaw@gmail.com

Dogs allowed?:  Registered assistance dogs only.

Leader/organisation:  Ruth Narramore. Vale Vision 

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Walk  -   8               Walk commences 10:30

A circular walk to Uley Bury

Duration:  2.5 hours   Distance:   miles

Start point and grid reference:   Market Place, Dursley,  GL11 4BS     ST 756981

Brief description:   An undulating walk taking in parts of the Cotswold Way, with stunning views of the area surrounding Uley Bury. It includes a steep climb and descent, and several stiles to be negotiated. Parts of the route could be muddy.Walking boots essential. Suitable clothing depending on the prevailing weather conditions (Uley Bury is fairly exposed in poor weather). Camera recommended. Bring drink.

Booking not required, just turn up.

Dogs allowed?:  Registered assistance dogs only.

Leader/organisation: Rob Boulton 07779 943407 (if needed on day) & Marjory Wright www.valevision.org.uk 

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Walk  - 9 Walk commences 10:30

Come and try Nordic walking! - 

                        for fun and fitness

Duration   45 minutes Distance 1.5 miles 

Start point and grid reference:   War Memorial Recreation Ground, Dursley GL11 4BJ    ST753985

Brief description: A 45 minute session that will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic walking can be and how it is far more than just walking with poles!
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.

The session is friendly and fun and is held on the flat playing field area of the wonderful Memorial Recreation Ground and it is also suitable for all adult ages and abilities. The session is given by Helen Richardson a qualified Nordic walking instructor.

Nordic Walking uses 90% of the major muscles in your body, so it's a complete body workout. You can burn 20-40% extra calories by using the poles so this can really help with weight loss. It also takes pressure off your knees and joints so it's great for helping go up hills and down them too. By the correct use of the poles they can help propel you along so increasing speed.

Booking Required. To book your place call Helen on 0787 655 7500 or alternatively via                                                                                                                                www.allseasonsnordicwalking.co.uk

Dogs allowed?:  Registered assistance dogs only.

Leader/organisation:  Helen Richardson 0787 655 7500 - All Seasons Nordic Walking www.allseasonsnordicwalking.co.uk
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Walk  - 10      Walk commences 13:00

Uley through the Ages

Duration:l   3.5 hours Distance: 3.6 miles 

Start point and grid reference:   The Green in Uley, in front of the Old Crown.  GL11 5SN      ST 791986

Brief Description:    From the meeting point in Uley we ascend a fairly steep path to Uley Bury, a fascinating Iron Age Fort named as a Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Far reaching views surround the fort, including Uley Valley and the Vale of Berkeley - even to the River Severn on clear days. After exploring the fort, we cross open fields to reach Uley Long Barrow (known locally as Hetty Pegler’s Tump). Do you dare enter into the darkness to explore the chambers of the Neolithic tomb?

Descending through ancient woodland, we will experience the atmospheric site where temples from the Neolithic and Roman eras once stood, before ambling through fields back to our starting point. Throughout the route we will see what flora and fauna awaits us. Recently there have been sightings of a red kite that has moved into the area. Stoats have been seen in Toney Woods. A myriad of nature waiting to be admired.

Cameras a must. Layered clothing, including a waterproof. Long trousers recommended to avoid tics. Torch for Hetty Pegler's Tump if you wish to explore inside. Bring walking poles if you have them, also bring a drink. 

Booking required: To book your place please email info@cotswoldguidedwalks.com

Dogs allowed?: Registered assistance dogs only

Leader/organisation:  Kate Thompson. 07766 703334 Cotswold Guided Walks. info@cotswoldguidedwalks.com 

www.cotswoldguidedwalks.org.uk
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Walk  - 11      Walk commences 13:30

Walkies with Dursley Lions Club

Duration:   2 hours

Start point and grid reference.   The Lions Den, May Lane, Dursley, GL11 4JH ST 754981

Brief Description.     
Riverside and footpaths east of Dursley. A gentle walk with some undulations and a few stiles. All well behaved dogs will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a hamper from Lovejoys® Pet Food.

There will be a small bag of treats for all dogs. Finish at 15:30 with complimentary tea and biscuits. No need to book, just turn up. 

Dogs allowed?. Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome. Maximum 2 dogs per walker.

Leader/organisation:  Dursley Lions Club www.dursleylions.co.uk www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk

Telephone 07743 307686

Prize of the hamper for the winning dog and the dog treats kindly donated by Lovejoys® Pet Food.
Thanks also to Dursley Pet Shop for their help and support with this walk. 

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Don't forget we are holding our quiz tonight at Dursley Community Centre. Why not come and join us. Ring 07743 307686 or email us for more information.

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