Avon Valley Railway Ramble
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This linear walk follows the River Avon as it meanders along between Bath and Bradford on Avon. Also in the same scenic wooded valley there is the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Bristol to Salisbury railway line.
On this walk we will journey from Bradford on Avon to Freshford where the railway provides a very convenient way of returning back. First of all we will explore the narrow and historic lanes terraced above picturesque Bradford-on-Avon and affording some very nice views towards the Westbury White Horse. Next we will cross the River to see Bradford on Avon's huge Tithe Barn, alongside the canal towpath. The same path takes us towards Avoncliff with an excellent pub having a terraced garden which gives great views of the aqueduct that carries the canal across both the river and the railway line. After pausing here for a drink we will continue following the towpath before turning back along the river banks of the River Avon, until we reach the point where the river Frome joins the Avon and the pretty hamlet of Freshford with another olde world pub. We will end here, optionally taking on food, before catching a timely train back to BoA. We also have another walk 2 weeks later which continues the route details are found here: https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/avon-valley-ramble-part-2-191109
Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but please note the following:
This route follows the canal towpath where cyclists and walkers will be common, as will moored boats with open doors. Your dog needs to be well behaved or on a short lead.
Please also appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
If your dog is uncontrolled, the leader is supported by the OutdoorLads board of trustees to ask you to leave the event as this is not acceptable behaviour
We cannot guarantee that this route is dog friendly - there may be styles to carry your dog across.
Your dog needs to have the stamina to keep up with the group.
Weather - please note this walk will not go ahead in heavy rain.
What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers - nb we are likely to encounter mud unless it has been very dry.
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Food & drink
Bring a snack to maintain your energy levels along the way. When the walk ends there will be the opportunity to sit by the river with a packed lunch, or join in with a meal at The Freshford Arms to round off the day.