POSTPONED - Midford Heritage Walk
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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
What to bring
Medicines: if you have diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, some of the route is on tarmac but some is on grass and tracks which at this time of year may be quite muddy, so trainers are not suitable for this walk.
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
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 no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry - or wear shorts
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: keep the sun out of your eyes!
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
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. Half way around we will stop for a short break at a pub.