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We have some cracking longer walks coming up over the next few months, including an author visit, plus a new regular walk starting shortly in Nailsea.  They are too good to give just a brief mention to in our Newsletter so here’s more detail.

New Nailsea regular walk

When was the last time you walked around Nailsea?  Have you ever walked round Nailsea?!  I fell into the last category until a couple of weeks ago.  My only previous visits had been to the local shops.  My eyes have now been opened to a delightful mix of parks, paths and woods.  They have equally charming names – Nowhere Lane leads to Nowhere Woods and both are part of Trendlewood park.

Thanks to the help of local resident Pat, we have put together an excellent Nordic walking loop, with lots of variations and options.  It is an opportunity to walk on tarmac and grass as well as woodland paths.  Those of you who entered the Bristol 10k know how much of a core workout hard surfaces give so this walk will really help trim and tone your waist.  Plus it’s flat which means it’s suitable for all abilities.

Patsy Warn will be beginning this regular class in November.  Watch out for the start date in our Newsletter.

Long walks in Barrow Gurney, Nailsea and Cadbury Camp

We have listened to your requests for some longer walks close to Bristol and Patsy has put together three great routes for you.

The first, on Saturday 3rd October, is a two hour walk between Flax Bourton and Barrow Gurney.  There is a lot of good walking in this area plus some interesting history and Patsy’s route takes you past Barrow Court, a grade 2* listed building dating back to the sixteenth century.  There are some good views over Bristol and an opportunity of a pub lunch at the Jubilee Inn at the end if you wish.

Patsy’s second walk on Friday 16th October is aimed at giving you a taster of her forthcoming Nailsea regular walk.  It’s a circular walk from the Old Farmhouse pub, Nailsea and takes in the open fields of Backwell common before heading back via the areas that the regular walk will go through.  It’s a great chance to expand your knowledge of the local area and you can finish with a well earned drink and meal if you like at The Old Farmhouse.

The final walk in Patsy’s trio is on Sunday 15th November.  Challenging in places (I tried to cycle up Naish Hill once and decided never to again), it takes you through the iron age hill fort of Cadbury Camp before returning downhill over the M5 and through fields back to Clapton.  There are some excellent views and you will certainly have a great sense of achievement at the end!

Walk and talk – plus a cuppa if you want

Surely this walk that Vicky is leading on Friday 27th November must be a near perfect combination of walk, tea and literature.  It starts at the Tyntesfield car park and finishes 1.5 hours later in their café where we can buy ourselves a cup of tea (and in my case a large scone) and listen to author Maggie George talk about her book ‘Heads and Tales’.  It’s an entertaining insight on life as a head teacher – and I’m looking forward to the stories already!

You can book onto all the longer walks listed here through our website.  They are on both our home page and the Longer walks/Events section.