Walks from Chippenham

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Originally part of our pop-up events, these are now organised on an occasional basis by any member as part of our Walkie Talkies walking group. We're gradually accruing a nice set of tried and tested walks which start in Chippenham itself (unlike most local walk information), which can be used at any time by a group or individuals. You can read about all of our walks - both local and further afield - here.

In time there will be enjoyable walks from several points around town that members can start from home - without the need of a car - as well as having a suggested meeting point for a group outing. A suitable place for refreshments during and/or after the walk is always given!

This page summarises these local walks we've taken so far, with a link to their original write-up and details, including a map. Some possible variations on the walk undertaken are also suggested.

At the end of this page there's a list of useful resources for anyone planning a new walk to start in Chippenham, or the local area. 

Our Walks

Easy options
 

  • The original walking cafe - Allington Farm Shop to Folly Row Cafe (now called the Kington Cafe) in Kington St Michael and back. NB if the cafe closes again, we suggest the Jolly Huntsman pub instead (5.2 miles)

  • The East Chippenham route a circular walk starting at the railway station (2.5 miles)

  • The Hardenhuish Circular - a versatile walk in town with good starting points at the station, at Morrison's, or along the London Road with plenty of greenery along the way (3.4 miles)

  • Diane's walk - her favourite walk into Monkton Park from Pewsham via the Turnpike with a stop at The Tenth Hole cafe for a bacon butty, then back via Long Close and Cricketts Lane (4 miles)

  • Town and railway path circular - a walk through the most historic parts of central Chippenham returning via the path past Abbeyfield School, the railway path and Baydon's Meadow (3.5 or 4 miles depending on the meeting point)

  • The Avon Circular - Pewsham into town via the Avon Walkway and Westmead; into Monkton Park and Baydon's Meadow; then along the railway path and back to Pewsham via Abbeyfield School (5.5 miles)
     


Further afield
 


Guided walks

Slightly different: the Our Town group has developed some walks which highlight particular aspects of Chippenham. The links to these write-ups should include sufficient information and links for anyone to research and recreate them for themselves.
 

  • Ghost walk - ghostly tales and premises around the town centre

  • Remembrance walk - the special link of Pewsham's streets to WWI

  • Blue plaque walk - the commemorative plaques found around Chippenham (map and trail details now available for 12 plaques found in central Chippenham, plus a Pewsham Belles developed Google map which shows lots more information about the town's commemorative plaques, blue or otherwise)


Also look out for guided walks organised by Chippenham Museum as part of their regular events. These are usually organised over the summer months and/or for September's Heritage Open Days.

Resources

Online

  • Chippenham parkrun - a 5km (3 mile) course round Monkton Park every Saturday at 9am (see website - walkers welcome as well as runners!) - earmarked for a slight tweak into a circular walk for us

  • Corsham Heritage Trails - a series of walks around the Corsham area with lots of information about points of interest alongside clear trail guidance. These have proved popular with our Walkie Talkies group and are also accessible using the Chippenham to Bath bus service

  • Maud Heath's Causeway (earmarked for development into a circular day walk with lunch stop)

  • Bremhill - a series of walks around the Parish of 2,5, 6, 8 and 14 miles from the village's history group

  • Hullavington - a series of walks from the Parish Council's website

  • Lacock - a series of walks from the National Trust, plus one around the area from Walk Scene and another from Country Walking magazine. These walks are also accessible using the Chippenham to Frome bus service or as an add-on or adaptation to the Pewsham to Lacock walk above

  • Sherston - a series of 10 walks around 3-6 miles in length using the village's network of local footpaths

  • Walking in Wiltshire includes a list of walks (with links to details) in the Chippenham area

  • Bradford on Avon to Bath along the Kennet and Avon Canal - a 9.3 mile walk from Countryfile magazine which is doable via public transport (another option is to walk to Dundas aqueduct and back to Bradford on Avon for a similar distance walk)

  • Apps such as Map my Walk and others based on Google Maps lack much of the footpath detail which Ordnance Survey maps (online and paper) have. The Footpath Map fills this gap - this link takes you to the Chippenham part of the map


Apps

  • Wiltshire Walks - a paid app which has over 150 tried and tested walks in Wiltshire (link is to their Facebook page)

  • We have users of Map My Walk, Ordnance Survey and Strava for route planning and progress monitoring (Garmin is an untried option so far)

Useful Publications


Local Groups and Festivals