Avon Valley Ramble Part 2
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This linear walk follows the River Avon as it meanders along between Bath and Bradford on Avon, and is especially aimed at those reliant on public transport. In the same scenic wooded valley as the River there is the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Bristol to Salisbury railway line.
On this walk we will journey from Monkton Combe to Bath. After meeting up in Bath we will first of all take a bus to the starting point of the walk. First we will explore the interesting micro museum about the Somerset Coal Canal. Next we will see the Dundas Aqueduct where the Kennet and Avon Canal crosses both the railway and the river Avon rather like the Avoncliffe Aqueduct does that was seen on the previous walk. Our route follows the banks of the River for a while before heading uphill to Bathford Hill, which is widely forested, but will afford some nice views of the valley at times. After passing Brownes Folly which will be a good place for our picnic lunch, we will drop back down to Bathford and after pausing here for a drink, resume the journey to Bath along the towpath.
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 packed lunch and plenty of water, snacks energy bars etc.
We will make a brief pub stop approx 2/3 the way through.
At the end you may like to linger in Bath and the leader will propose a place to eat of enjoy a further drink. This will be within 10 min walk of the train station.