POSTPONED - Midford Heritage Walk

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Apr 25
2020

22 people attending

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£12.50
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6 Miles and 550' of height gain. Mostly on good paths but some wet and muddy bits likely.

WILL BE POSTPONED TILL AUTUMN

This walk combines some fascinating Industrial Heritage with beautiful views of the countryside just south of Bath. 

The sleepy hamlet of Midford, a few miles outside Bath, once saw a lot of activity. There was a canal, two railway lines, a main road and the Cam Brook all crossing over each other. On this walk you'll see the various structures still existing. We will follow the route of the northern arm of the Somerset coal canal 'upstream'. This was built to carry coal from the Paulton coal field to the Kennet and Avon Canal at Dundas, where a short stretch still remains filled with water. The southern branch from Radstock joined at Midford but was not successful as a canal, so a horse-drawn tramway was laid along the towpath instead. This was eventually sold to the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway in 1871. The canal closed shortly after 1900 and most of it was drained for reasons of safety but the route is still evident and you'll even see some locks. There's a volunteer led charity hoping to re-open some of it. The canal follows the route of the Bristol and North Somerset railway, a line that went through Radstock, and passes under it on another brick viaduct. 

Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but we do ask the following:
Please appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
Please ensure you adhere to the Countryside Code at all times - see (Keeping Dogs Under Effective Control)
If your dog is uncontrolled and strays in open land frightening other animals or livestock, 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. This may be an issue on hot days.

All photo credits AndyM

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Location

51.352316076029, -2.3847066225067