We aim to celebrate the wide range of scenic walks possible around the Stonehouse area, also showcasing some walks having added specialised interest. The Festival offers free, guided group walks, including: -
* level field & woodland footpaths *gently rolling fields
*scenic views from steeper hill tops * canal, river and rail trails
* walks for restricted mobility * family fun walk
*dusk nature walk *history walks
*tree walks * picnics, pub & cafe stops.
For further information download the brochure or ring 07907815343
Welcome to the 2nd Stonehouse Walking Festival
Did you know that the small town of Stonehouse sits alongside the restored Stroudwater Canal, the Cotswold Way and the River Frome? Or that it has a thatched cottage, a waterfall, a working paper bag factory ( since 1922 ) and the delightful Ocean?
Correction to brochure: Bus 61 will be discontinued on Aug 29th but Buses 64, 65 and 66 will stop in the High Street
The World War 2 history walk on Saturday 11th September is fully booked.
This walk will be repeated on Saturday 18th September at 2pm, meeting at Stonehouse Public Car Park.
Book required with Vicki Walker 01453 826334
The Walkfest programme includes four grades of walks:
Health Walk: for people who are not regular walkers or are returning from injury or illness; designed to improve health in a safe, relaxed, and sociable environment.
Easy: mainly level terrain along pavements, footpaths, and fields.
Moderate: short sections with gradients and/or rough terrain; any climb taken at a relaxed pace.
Hard: a longer distance, some sustained steeper slopes needing a good level of stamina.
All walks start and end in central Stonehouse, exact location given
Stonehouse has good public transport links:
Stonehouse Railway Station: nationalrail.co.uk or 03457 484950 for train times
Buses 64, 65 and 66 will stop in the High Street
The public car park is just off the High Street and has toilets including a disabled toilet.
Some walks require booking as numbers are limited. These are clearly marked on the programme.
Dogs: Only registered assistance dogs on leads please, except on tree walks
and the Fair Shares walk, where a single dog per walker is welcome. Any dog must be kept on a short lead at all times.
Please read the walk guidelines (see below) before attending.
Correction: Walk leaders for WW2 History Walk should read Vicki Walker and Jim Dickson from Stonehouse History Group
Note: this walk will be repeated on Saturday 18th at 2pm. Booking required.
Please arrive at the start point at least 10 minutes before the stated time.
We reserve the right to make changes to or cancel walks should unforeseen circumstances arise, including adverse weather conditions or a route becoming impassable. If in doubt phone 07907 815343 to make sure.
Please consider any health or mobility issues you may have beforehand and advise walk leaders of any concerns you may have before setting off, or discuss by phone in advance on 07907 815343.
You are responsible for your own safety and for determining your ability to
complete the chosen walk.
Attendance on a walk is at your own risk.
Walks can take longer than estimated e.g. large numbers of walkers / difficult conditions underfoot / need to change the route slightly due to path closures.
A responsible adult must come with vulnerable people & under 18’s.
Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable footwear. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are ill equipped or unfit.
Please do not walk ahead of the walk leader.
Only registered assistance dogs on leads please unless stated otherwise, in which case one well behaved dog per person is allowed. Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times.
There will be rest stops during the walks so do bring some water, a snack and/or packed lunch.
On some walks public toilet facilities may not be available after the start of the walk.
Photos may be taken during walks by the walking festival organisers and may be used for future publicity purposes.
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