Dear Members

FROME & DISTRICT PROBUS WALK – Heytesbury – nb Walk only/No Pub lunch

Tuesday 4th May 202110.30 am prompt start for long and short walks

The walks start and finish outside The Gatehouse, Park Street, Heytesbury. BA12 0HQ. (This is the old entrance to Heytesbury House, a Georgian mansion surrounded by a large park just north of the village. Siegfried Sassoon lived here  from 1933 until his death in 1967. By the time of his death the house was in a state of decay and his son George was struggling to keep it up. In 1974, expenses and insurance losses compelled him to sell many of the books, manuscripts and letters from his father’s library. He also spent a great deal of money trying to fight plans to put a new by-pass through the park, in this he failed, and the busy A36 now cuts the house off from the original location of the main gate. However, the building of the bypass in1986 has made a huge difference to the village. Traffic used to pass along the High Street and has made it a much quieter place to live). Cars can be parked between the Gatehouse and the bollards at the end of the road.

From here we head up to the A36 and then along the River Wyle to Upton Lovell, crossing the railway to Corton and then head back to Heytesbury.  The longer walk is 4 miles long. There are no stiles or hills.

There will also be a short walk of about 1¾ miles starting at the same time and place as the longer walk but then doubling back to Heytesbury at Knook  past the attractive Knook Manor.

Arnold Hodgson has planned the walks and Bob Russell and John Hedges will be our guides.

 Important Information

Note – Covid-secure Group walks are classified by the UK Government as ‘organised physical activities’ and can take place in groups larger than 6 – but for this walk  we will restrict numbers to 15 participants.  However, we must continue to meet Covid-secure protocols and safety measures.

Wives/partners are welcome on the walks and a ‘booking system’ with ‘first come first served’ is used.

You need to reply directly to the walk coordinator (Mel’s contact details below) if you wish to attend.

The deadline for confirming attendance is the Friday previous to the Tuesday walk.

We suggest you bring hand sanitizer as you may unavoidably touch gates etc during walk.  Remember to carry a face covering to wear as appropriate.  Also, note current Government Tier 2 restriction relating to car sharing – Only people from a single household or support bubble are allowed to travel together in one vehicle.

.Queries and info – Mel Noller, tel: 01373 466 236

Email: click here

We conduct our walks in a safe and practical way – following Government and National Rambling Association guidelines.

Keep healthy, keep safe and keep walking…