Dursley Walking Festival 2018



Saturday 6th October


Festival Walk 16

This is out Lantern Way Challenge, please see our separate page for details of this walk.

Festival Walk 17 - 09.30

Bus Walk - Berkeley Area to Dursley- 09.30

Duration/Distance:
Hours  7        Miles 13
Start point/grid ref:
May Lane Bus Station, Dursley. GL11 4JH  ST 754981
Brief description:
Starting with a bus ride towards Berkeley we will be following a  mixed terrain walk back to Dursley  (There will be opportunities for a breather on ascents!). Please bring food and drink although there may be an opportunity to visit a local hostelry for a drink and snack.
Sturdy walking footwear required along with suitable clothing. We may encounter livestock.Further details of walk will be added here soon.
Please check bus timetable (no 62) or website to confirm bus times. Bring bus pass or bus fare (£2.60 at last check).
Bring food and drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
Leader/organisation:

Ruth Narramore www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk


Booking required for this walk: To book for this walk please click here. Link will be activated when bookings go live.

Festival Walk 18 - 10.00

Geology and Scenery around Frocester and Nympsfield.

Duration/Distance:
Hours  6       Approx 6 miles  
Start point/grid ref:
Coaley Peak Picnic Site, car patk entrance on B4066 near Woodchester Park  entrance SO 794012
Brief description:
This will be a circular walk taking in the Cotswold escarpment at Frocester and the dip slope at Nympsfield studying the relationship between the different rock types and scenery, including slopes, soils, vegetation, human occupation and land use. The terrain will include at least one steep climb and descent of the Cotswold escarpment but all will be along well marked tracks and footpaths. The walk will include many stops to look at scenery and the underlying rocks; these stops would generally be for periods between 2 and 10 minutes. It is also possible that lunch could be taken in a pub, which would require a longer stop than 30 minutes for a picnic. Short stops will be standing, lunch seated, these stops have been included in the total time. Bring food and drink. Stout, ankle-supporting boots with good grip are important in all weathers, but dress appropriately for the forecast weather. A camera and handlens (loupe) may be useful equipment to bring.
Dogs allowed?:
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome. 
Leader/organisation:
Dave Green
Davegeostudies@gmail.com  01594 860858000
Booking not required for this walk - just turn up.


Festival Walk 19 - 10.00

Heritage Walk Dursley Town Centre.

Duration/distance: 
Hours  1.5     Miles  2 
Start point/grid ref: 

Market Place, Dursley. GL11 4BS     ST 756981 
Brief description: 
A slow amble around Dursley’s streets with frequent stops to look at some of the town’s old buildings and other locations with a focus on their history. Mostly on pavements and streets so should be suitable for buggies.. Frequent short stops of a few minutes each.
Dogs allowed?: 
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome. 
Leader/organisation: 

Andy Barton, Dursley Heritage Centre

Booking required for this walk:

Booking required for this walk: To book for this walk please click here. Link will be activated when bookings go live.


Festival Walk 20 - 10.00

Apple pressing in the Chantry Centre Garden.

Duration/Distance:
Hours 4 Miles 0.1
Start point/grid ref:
The Garden at The Chantry Centre, Long Street Dursley. GL11 4HL   ST 577981
Brief description:
Pressing of your scrumped apples (from walk 13). You can take the apple juice home for drinking or fermenting into cider or both! Tea, coffee and drinks will be available all day in the garden. The pizza oven will be fired up for delicious varieties of pizza cooked to your order. Standing up cutting apples to be scratted and then pressed. Small charge for pizza and refreshments. Please bring empty bottles to take your juice home in.
Dogs allowed?:
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome.
Leader/organisation:
Symon, Chantry Centre Secret Garden. Email:Steepground@outlook.com
Booking not required for this walk - just turn up. how to book


Festival Walk 21 - 10.00

A Gorilla in the (Cotswold) Mist


Duration/Distance:
Hours 4 Miles 7.5
Start point/grid ref:
Cam Peak Car Park
ST 767993
Brief description:
A walk through the delightful Cotswold village of Uley and its environs including Uley Bury and Owlpen. It is a moderate walk with some steep climbs. This walk is organised by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, the voluntary arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. These walks offer an interesting and often entertaining way of exploring our wonderful Cotswold countryside and landscape. Bring food and drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only
Leader/organisation:
Nigel Meredith/Helen Furmidge, Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

Booking not required for this walk - just turn up. 



Festival Walk 22 - 10.00

River and Deer Park.

Duration/Distance:
Hours  5  Miles 8.2
Start point/grid ref:
Outside Town Hall Berkeley, GL13 9DB.   GR ST683992
Brief Description:
Along Berkeley Pill and then south on the Severn Way, across fields and quiet lanes to the deer park. Bring food and drink
Dogs allowed?:
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome:
Leader/organisation:
South Cotswold Ramblers. ann.elizabeth.adams1@gmail.com  01453 839089 www.southcotswoldramblers.org.uk
Booking not required, just turn up



Festival Walk 23 - 10.00

Nordic Walking Free Taster Session.

Duration/Distance: 
Hours  0.75  Miles 1
Start point/grid ref:
Ashen Plains campsite GL11 6AD. ST760966 

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! Nordic walking is a great way to get fit, tone your whole body and lose weight. A fun and friendly class – all are welcome. Nordic walking poles are provided free of charge.
Details will be given out at the end of the session about our `Learn To` Nordic walk courses. 
Pease bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the season. Hat, gloves and waterproofs if necessary for the weather. There are parking and toilets at Ashen Plains Campsite.

Places are limited to 12 per session, no experience is necessary, over 18’s only. Booking is essential.

Dogs allowed?:

Registered assistance dogs only
Leader/organisation:
Helen Richardson - 0787 655 7500 email: helen@allseasonsnordicwalking.co.uk



Festival Walk 24 - 10.00

From Coaley Peak to Silver Street

Duration/Distance:
Hours  3.25  Miles 5.5
Start point/grid ref:
Coaley Peak Picnic Site Car Park.
SO 794012
Brief description:
Before leaving Coaley Peak we will take a few minutes to admire one of the best views in the Cotswolds. We set off south on the Cotswold Way through woodland and then descend through Coaley Wood to lovely field paths and quiet country lanes to Tickshill and Silver Street. From here we climb through fields and woodland passing Sandford's Knoll to rejoin the Cotswold Way back to our starting point. Members of South Cotswold Ramblers will give you a warm welcome and do their best to ensure that you enjoy your walk. This is quite a hilly walk and there are several stiles. It is suitable for people who are fit and used to country walking. Walking boots reco
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
Leader/organisation:
Karen and Tony, 01453 545824
South Cotswold Ramblers
www.southcotswoldramblers.org.ukBooking not required for this walk - just turn up.



Festival Walk 25 - 10:15
Station Walk to Dursley via Cam Peak.

Duration/Distance:
Hours 6.75 Miles 10
Start point/grid ref:
Cam and Dursley Railway Station, GL11 5DJ            SO 753021
Brief description:
This is a moderate walk taking in one good climb to Cam Peak and a section of the Cotswold Way and a good number of stiles. The route from the station follows a gentle ridge to the north of Cam with views of the Severn Vale and towards the Cotswold escarpment. The route then turns southwards to give views of Upper Cam church and Stinchcombe Hill  before turning up to Cam Peak itself with its panoramic views. The Cotswold Way is then followed into Dursley Town Centre where there will be about an hour to explore and search out a local pub, cafe or restaurant for lunch. The return journey is via the town’s recreation ground and on towards Upper Cam where a section of the Lantern Way is then followed to return to the Station. Bring drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome
Leader/organisation:
Catherine Dewar and Susanne Zamze, Gloucestershire Area Ramblers.

Booking not required, just turn up

This walk is part of the Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks programme. For more information on their walks see their website. www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk

Festival Walk 26 - 10:15

Station Walk to Slimbridge to visit the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust.
Duration/Distance:
Hours 6.75    Miles 7.5
Start point/grid ref:
Cam and Dursley Railway Station, GL11 5DJ            SO 753021
Brief description:
The walk is generally quite level but includes a crossing of the railway line and an underpass of the motorway as well as a number of stiles. The walk includes a 3 hour stop at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (group entrance charge of  £8.50  per person). Bring drink. Cameras and binoculars will help your enjoyment of the Trust grounds which includes hides giving views across the wetlands of the Severn floodplain. There are several stiles along the route. Dogs allowed?: Registered assistance dogs only. Please note that  The Wildlife Trust only allow registered assistance dogs on site by prior arrangement. Please email or telephone us if you wish to bring a registered assistance dog on this walk.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
Please note that  The Wildlife Trust only allow registered assistance dogs on site by prior arrangement. Please email or telephone us if you wish to bring a registered assistance dog on this walk.
Leader/organisation:
Mick and Pam Thorpe, Gloucestershire Area Ramblers.

Booking not required, just turn up

This walk is part of the Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks programme. For more information on their walks see their website. www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk


Festival Walk 27- 10:45

Library walk and Booktalk
Duration/Distance:
Hours  3.5     Miles 5-6
Start point/grid ref:
Dursley Library, May Lane Dursley. GL11 4JH          ST754981
Brief  description:
This is a walk between Dursley and Wotton Libraries and takes in stretches of the Cotswold Way as well as Tyndale Monument. This is a hilly walk with several stiles, not suitable for buggies. Please wear walking boots as route could be muddy and a waterproof.  Please bring along any book that you would like to recommend or talk about - it doesn't have to be a library book.
NB Walkers coming from Wotton can catch the Number 60 bus at 10.10am at Wotton War Memorial. This will get you into Dursley in time for the start of the walk.
We will aim to catch the number 60 bus to Dursley at 4.10pm.
(Bus times correct as of May 2018)
Costs involved:
Bus fare needed between Dursley and Wotton or bus pass required.
Dogs allowed?:
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome.
Leader/organisation:
Julie Davies, Dursley Library. julie.davies@gloucestershire.gov.uk 07468615911

Booking not required, just turn up



Festival Walk 28- 14:00

Uley through Ages.

Duration/distance:
Approx. 3.5 Hours     3.6 Miles
Start point/grid ref:
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 in the Cotswold AONB. 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. Bring drink, torch, camera and walking poles (leader has some poles to borrow if you don’t have your own).
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.com

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



Festival Walk 29 - 14:00

Korean Friendship Trail Circular Walk.

Duration/Distance:
Hours  2.5     Miles  5
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley.
GL11 4AB          ST 756981
Brief description:
Meeting at the historic Market Place in Dursley town centre, we will walk through the town centre along Parsonage Street which has a lovely range of local shops. We follow the Cotswold Way through attractive woodland as you climb Stinchcombe Hill itself arriving by Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club. The walk then follows the Korea Friendship Trail, which is part of the Cotswold Way, following it around the top of the hill offering several vantage points with wonderful views. We will then work our way back down Stinchcombe Hill and back to the Market Place. A mix of roads, wooded paths and common land. Stinchcombe Hill is steep and can be challenging. If you would like to join the walk but  avoid the hill then please join us at 14:30, Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club, GL11 6AQ. Park in their car park and enjoy refreshments before and after the walk. Toilets at May Lane car park and at Stinchcombe Hill Golf Club. Bring a camera to capture the wonderful views, a light snack and a drink. Trekking or Nordic walking poles if you have them to help with the hill - all are welcome.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
Leader/organisation:
Helen Richardson 0787 655 7500
All Seasons Nordic Walking
www.allseasonsnordicwalking.co.uk
Booking Required:
Call Helen Richardson on 0787 655 7500 to book your place.

Festival Walk 30 - 17.00

Over the hills to Uley, a pub meal, then a night walk back.

Duration/Distance:
Hours  8         Miles 5
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley.
GL11 4AB          ST 756981
Brief description:
Following the Cotswold Way out of Dursley, we ascend some steep hills and potentially muddy paths. Dropping down into Uley, we’ll be hungry for dinner at The Old Crown Inn. After a good meal, we’ll set off again for the walk back to Dursley through the woods at night.  Bring a torch (not just a phone),  preferably a head torch, with enough batteries for 3 hours of light.  Bring warm clothes for the night time section.  Meals start at around £10, without a drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only
Leader/organisation:
Tim Taphouse Photography. www.timtaphouse.com
Booking required for this walk. 

Please email hello@timtaphouse.com to make a booking.


Details of all walks are currently being checked and it is suggested that you check the website again nearer the date of the walking festival to confirm all walk details








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