Town Walks

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Marlborough: a walk through History

  

The walk starts outside Marlborough Library at 91 High Street SN8 1HD. The route encompasses the historic High Street, one of the widest in England, and also takes in the picturesque Green and St Mary’s Church. The length of the walk is approximately 0.75 of a mile. It is timed to last an hour. 

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Calne: a walk through the History of a Cloth and Bacon Town

  

The walk starts outside Calne Library, The Strand SN11 0JU. The route encompasses the High Street; Phelp’s Parade; The Pippin, the site of part of the former Harris’s bacon factory; Church Street; St Mary’s Church; Kingsbury Street; and The Green, famous for its historic clothiers’ houses and workshops. The length of the walk is approximately 0.75 of a mile. It is timed to last an hour.  

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Devizes: a walk through the Wild West

  

The walk starts outside the Corn Exchange on the Market Place SN10 1HS. The route encompasses the Market Place, St John’s Street, St John’s churchyard, The Brittox, and part of New Park Street. The length of the walk is approximately 0.75 of a mile. It is timed to last an hour.  

River Kennet Walk

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Marlborough and the Kennet: a walk witihn the environs of an historic river

This walk was created to supplement my "Marlborough: a Walk through History". It begins by the River Kennet next to the George Lane car park and opposite the Priory Gardens, site of a medieval Carmelite friary. The role of the Kennet in Marlborough's history is explored. A journey by the water meadows and through the site of the Town Mill  continues into The Parade, the former Marsh. The Grammar School building is a reminder of a once great Tudor foundation. Here too was the heart of religious nonconformity and industry. The tannery buildings are gone but the ropeworks and the former congregational church serve as reminders of independence and labour. The walk ends at the top of The Parade by the Bear Hotel. 

Where History meets Prehistory

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Avebury: a walk through Time and Space

  

The walk starts at the main National Trust car park at the start of the footpath leading from it to the henge monument. The car park is well-signposted from the A4321. The henge itself forms most of the walk which is explored anticlockwise. The walk concludes with St James’s church and part of Avebury High Street. The walk is approximately 0.75 of a mile. It is timed to last an hour.

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In the Footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: what Calne was like two hundred years ago

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The great Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, lived in Calne from 1814 to 1816 following a mental breakdown. Lodging in Church Street at his friends’ house, Coleridge loved Calne and drew inspiration from it. St Mary’s church reminded Coleridge of his childhood in Ottery St Mary, Devon. The walk reveals those places Coleridge knew: the church; the Lansdowne Coaching Inn, then known as “The Wheel”; the canal wharf; and the sites of the old town hall, the town mill and millpond, the wooden bridge over the river and Thomas Bishop’s druggists where Coleridge obtained his laudanum. The walk starts outside Calne Library, The Strand SN11 0JU. The length of the walk is approximately 0.75 of a mile. It is timed to last an hour.

Charges and Bookings

I am flexible and will always tailor my walks to fit the group I am leading. The starting and finishing points for my walks are given within the walk details above. I have to adhere to a maximum group size of 25. Please ask if there are any other queries.