December: The last walk of the year to Belmont Tower.
November: What could be better then an good walk around Exton on a lovely fresh day?
July: Thanks Gary for a lovely walk around Oasby and Culverthorpe.
June: An always popular Thursday walk around Denton.
April: Lunch by the lake overlooking Grimsthorpe House
March: A nice sunny day at Burton Goggles
2017 First Thursday walk from Barrowby and first Sunday walk from Carlton Scroop
Corsham is a lovely Wiltshire town a few miles to the east of Bath, with many old buildings in Bath stone; it was the location for filming the town scenes in Poldark. No, we didn’t see Aidan scything!
On Friday afternoon four of us joined a local expert who had researched the tramways which took Bath stone from the various quarries surrounding Corsham to the marshalling yards. Trucks were initially pulled uphill by horses before they precariously rolled downhill. We also visited one of the current stone quarries and saw huge blocks of stone, which apparently are quite soft as they are brought out of the ground but harden on exposure to air. The surrounding scenery on our 5.5 mile walk was stunning in places.
In the evening we had a superb meal at the Quarryman’s Arms pub in Box.
The Saturday walk was entitled God’s Wonderful Railway, Brunel and Box Tunnels. Six of our members went on this walk which was 6.5 miles long.
Two members went on the 5 mile Neston Paths Less Travelled walk. I could see why it was called this as there were no fewer than 10 stiles, some of them very high and in a poor state of repair! We had a fantastic sighting of a Red Kite and wonderful views of the countryside.
In the evening a quiz and buffet supper was held in the Springfield Community Campus, an excellent facility for such a small town, with meeting rooms, a gym, swimming pool, library and cafeteria. Our team, Last Chance, came a creditable 5th out of 18 teams, although the Gregorys’ team beat us by 1 point; something they won’t let us forget!
The Sunday walk of 10 miles was entitled Castle Combe’s Babbling Brook and Reserve. All eight members went on this walk from the picturesque village of Castle Combe; incidentally, where the film The War Horse was shot. We walked along woodland paths, across paddocks with feisty horses, explored an Iron Age Fort and braved several freeways on the golf course, avoiding low-flying golf balls! We finished the walk with a much-needed cuppa and cake in the Old Stables Coffee Shop in Castle Combe.
The weekend was rounded off with a meal on Sunday evening at the Piccolo Italia restaurant in Corsham.
To celebrate this 50th Grantham Ramblers anniversary, on the 21 May, 28 members enjoyed a lovely meal at the Eden House Hotel in Grantham.
Some stories were shared Andy Chapman, our Chairman about the earlier events including the very first walk. To the great surprise of many he brought some photo albums from that time.
GRANTHAM RAMBLERS HOMEPAGE
Sunday 27 September 2020Starting at 10:00A moderate 8.5 mile / 13.7 km walk
Thursday 1 October 2020Starting at 10:00A moderate 5 mile / 8 km walk
Wednesday 7 October 2020Starting at 10:00A leisurely 3 mile / 4.8 km walk
Sunday 11 October 2020Starting at 10:00A moderate 10 mile / 16.1 km walk
Thursday 15 October 2020Starting at 10:00A moderate 4.5 mile / 7.2 km walk
Sunday 25 October 2020Starting at 10:00A moderate 8 mile / 12.9 km walk