On a hot summer Sunday, 22 July, 20 members set off on a 6½ mile walk from the NT village of Lacock. From the NT carpark we made our way through this attractive village, then over the ford and across a field to Reybridge.
We then followed the winding River Avon across fields stopping for a brief coffee stop before reaching the lane up to Bewley Common. From here it was a steady climb through Bowden Park to reach the top of Bowden Hill as the temperature began to rise steadily. We made our way past Kilima and Ash Hill Farms before descending through Hazel Copse where we stopped to enjoy lunch in the shade.
Continuing across several fields and a wood we made our way to the remains of the Wilts & Berks Canal, which we crossed using the Double Bridge. The footpath continued along the cycle track by the canal before crossing another wood and fields back to Reybridge, where we retraced our steps back to Lacock and ice creams!
Leaving Lacock by the ford
Heron by the river
The view climbing through Bowden Park back towards Lacock
Descending Bowden Hill with a view towards Chippenham
Crossing the Wilts and Berks canal by way of the restored Double Bridge
Making our way back through Lacock