Dursley Walking Festival 2018



Sunday 7th October


Festival Walk 31 - 09:00

The Dursley Figure of Eight.

Can be walked as two half day walks or as a challenging 16 mile day walk. Afternoon walk starts at 14:00


Duration/Distance:
Hours 9         Miles 16
Start point/grid ref:

Market Place, Dursley GL11 4BS   GR ST 756981

Brief description:
The Dursley Figure of 8 Walk is a new walk to celebrate Dursley's selection as a Gateway Town to the Cotswolds. It can be walked as two half day walks or as a challenging 16 mile day walk.
The morning walk is a fairly strenuous 8 miles to the east of Dursley. Following a stroll along ther Ewelme Valley the walk climbs up into Elcombe Wood before passing Owlpen Manor on the way to Uley village. There is then a steep climb up onto the Bury with its panoramic views over the Dursley area, followed by a steep slope back down to Hydegate before crossing the valley to climb Cam Peak for more great views. The final return to Dursley follows the old line of the Cotswold Way.

After an hour's break for lunch, the afternoon walk is a slightly less strenuous 8 miles to the west starting with a climb up to Stinchcombe Hill and walk around the edge to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view from Drakestone Point taking in the Nibley Monument to the Severn Bridges. The route then descends to Stinchcombe Village with its attractive church and passes through the grounds of Piers Court, Evelyn Waugh's one time home. Continuing north to rise into Cam crossing some of the area's stone stiles, the route gives a panoramic view of the Severn Vale to the north framed by the Malverns and Forest of Dean and the Cotswold Escarpment. The route returns to Dursley via the fields to the north of Cam and via Upper Cam and the town's recreational area.

Please bring drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
Leader/organisation:

Mick Thorpe/John Roberts. www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk. 07743 307686

Email: dursleywaw@gmail.comBooking not required, just turn up.



Festival Walk 32 - 10:00


The Lantern Way through Ashen Plains.


Duration/Distance:
Hours  3        Miles 6
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley GL11 4BS   GR ST 756981
Brief description:
Steep Climb through woods to Breakheart Quarry, then a zigzagging undulating path through Ashen Plains plantation, returning via Twinberrow and Folly Woods. Bring drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only
Leader/organisation:
Cotswold Wardens David A and David H. Cotswold Volunteer Wardens

Booking not required, just turn up.


Festival Walk 33 - 10:00


Cam, Dursley and Uley Greenway


Duration/distance:
Hours  3        Miles 5
Start point/grid ref:
Cam and Dursley Railway Station, GL11 5NR (or Dursley Bus Station)
Brief description.
The walk follows the approximate route of the Cam, Dursley and Uley Greenway from Uley Road, Dursley to Cam & Dursley Railway Station. Plans, problems and options will be discussed. Participants can park for free at railway station. There is an initial walk of 0.5 miles to the bus stop and a bus journey to Dursley Bus Station (you can join at Dursley bus station if you can get back from the railway station at the end). The walk is through Dursley to the Uley Road where the route options from Uley are discussed. The walk then proceeds to the railway station with brief stops for discussions.  The walk is fairly flat with one flight of steps to negotiate at Sainsbury's car park. Between Cam centre and the railway station there are a small number of easy stiles and kissing gates. The walk includes a bus journey from Draycott to Dursley Bus Station at 10:20, bring bus passes or bus fare (£2.40 when last checked).
Dogs allowed?: 
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome. 
Leader/organisation: 
John Fowles  www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk 07743 307686 Email: dursleywaw@gmail.com

Booking not required, just turn up


Festival Walk 34 - 10.30

Exploring the Ewelme Valley.
Duration/Distance:
Hours  3  Miles  5
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley GL11 4BS   GR ST 756981
Brief description:
The walk starts at Dursley Market Hall and proceeds down Long Street following the Cotswold Way. Leaving the Cotswold Way behind the route skirts around the foot of Downham Hill initially crossing fields then continuing on ancient bridleways and tracks to the outskirts of Uley. Dropping down to cross the main Dursley - Uley road we then reverse direction to walk back to Dursley along the other side of the Ewelme valley, giving good views of Cam Peak, Cam Long Down, Downham Hill and Uley Bury. Bring food and drink. Stout footwear required and poles/sticks if you use them.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
There are a number of stiles on this walk and there is also likely to be livestock (cows) in some fields.
Leader/organisation:
Jocelyn Dawson-Wood 07917 550524 www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/

Booking not required, just turn up


Festival Walk 35 - 13:30


A Circular Walk to Breakheart Quarry and Rockstowes.


Duration/Distance:
Hours  2.75  Miles 5
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley. GL11 4BS    ST 756981
Brief description:
Starts with a long climb, steep in places, to Breakheart Quarry. Good views, field paths, woods. Quite steep descent to Uley valley. 12 stiles. Bring drink.
Some fields may contain livestock.
Dogs allowed?:
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome
Booking not required, just turn up.
Leader/organisation:
David, Dursley Rambling Club         Email: dwithcom1@gmail.com



Festival Walk 36 - 14:00


Heritage Walk - Uley Road and Woodmancote area. Booking required for this walk.


Duration/distance:
Hours 2.5      Miles 3
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley. GL11 4BS    ST 756981
Brief description.
A slow walk around the Uley Road and Woodmancote areas of Dursley with frequent stops to look at and talk about places and items of historical interest.
These will include the old mill area of Ferney, Mawdsley's, Rangers House, St Mark's Church and Dursley's first Grammar School in Woodmancote as well as the impact of WW2 on the town. The walk will mostly be on streets but some of it will be across fields, gates and stiles so it may be uneven in places. Frequent and regular stops of 2 to 5 minutes, standing.
Dogs allowed?: 
Well behaved dogs on a short lead welcome. 
Leader/organisation: 
Andy Barton, Dursley Heritage Centre

To make a reservation for this walk please click here and you will be taken to the booking page on Eventbrite. 


Festival Walk 37 Part 2 of walk 31 - 14:00

The Dursley Figure of Eight.


Part 1 of this walk started at 09:00 this morning. This 2nd part starts at 14:00 


Duration/Distance:
Hours 4 Miles 8
Start point/grid ref:
Market Place, Dursley GL11 4AB   GR ST 756981
Brief description:
The Dursley Figure of 8 Walk is a new walk to celebrate Dursley's selection as a Gateway Town to the Cotswolds.
After an hours break for lunch, the afternoon walk is a slightly less strenuous 8 miles to the west.  
There are a number of stiles along the walk and a number of fields where livestock and horses will be encountered..
Please bring drink.
Dogs allowed?:
Registered assistance dogs only.
Leader/organisation:
Mick Thorpe/John Roberts www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk   07743 307686  Email: dursleywaw@gmail.com

Booking not required, just turn up.



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