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Wantage Summer Festival 2014 walks

Wantage250-2014bAll Walks free but a donation of £2.00/person for the Canal Trust gratefully accepted

Further information can be obtained from Brian Stovold on 0794652428

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SUNDAY 8th JUNE 2.30pm - GUIDED BOTANY WALK

A “there and back again” walk starting and ending at East Challow Village Hall Car Park following the canal through to Stockham and back looking at the flora and possibly fauna. Distance is around 1 ½ miles in all. Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots. At the time of writing there are no stiles on this route. Children welcome but must be accompanied by parent/guardian.

THURSDAY 12th JUNE 7.00pm -  CIRCULAR GUIDED WALK

A circular walk starting and ending at The Sack House, Mill Street (map ref 396881). This walk takes in the route of the Wantage branch of the canal and the main line of the canal between Grove and East Challow, and returns via Naldertown and Betjeman. Distance is around 3 miles – allow 2 hours for guide to wax lyrical! Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots and take care as routes may include stiles and roads for part of the way.

TUESDAY 17th JUNE 7.00pm - CIRCULAR GUIDED CANAL WALK

This walk starts and ends at Childrey Village Hall (map ref 362875). Distance is about 3.5 miles Allow 2 hours as your guide is extremely likely to ramble on endlessly about the canal history and current restoration progress! Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots and take care as routes may include stiles and Roads for part of the way.

WEDNESDAY 18th JUNE 7.00pm - CIRCULAR GUIDED WALK/ TRAMS, BARGES & TURNPIKE

A circular walk starting and finishing at The Sack House, Mill Street (map ref 396881), exploring the route of the Wantage Tramway, Wilts & Berks and Besselsleigh Turnpike (not all of it). Furthest point will be Wantage Road Station. This is a new walk requested by one of my regulars! We’ll see how it goes!

Distance: about 5 miles (no wonder they built the Tramway). Allow all evening, with the escape route of buses back from Grove. Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots and take care as routes will include stiles and roads for part of the way

SUNDAY 22nd JUNE   2.30pm  CIRCULAR GUIDED CANAL WALK – Childrey/West Challow/Sparsholt

This walk starts and finishes at Childrey Village Hall (map ref 362875). Distance is about 5 miles, allow at least  2 1/2 hours as your guide is extremely likely to talk too much about the canal! Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots and take care as routes may include stiles and roads for part of the way. 

TUESDAY 24th JUNE 7.30pm  LOST PUBS OF WANTAGE

New for 2014. A tour of Wantage taking in an exploration of the lost pubs of the town. Please come and bring your own reminiscences to share. We will finish at a CAMRA award winning (and open) establishment in town. START AT THE SACK HOUSE, Numbers will be restricted to 15. Will be repeated on Thursday

WEDNESDAY 25th JUNE  7.00pm  CIRCULAR GUIDED CANAL WALK

Join us in this ever popular exploration of the Grove Lock flight, east of Grove, START AT THE LAYBY BETWEEN OXFORD LANE and GROVE BRIDGE starting and finishing at the layby (part of old road) between Oxford Lane and Grove Bridge (map ref 407902).  The walk follows the much-improved footpath and goes out as far as the remains of the Neville’s Farm Lift Bridge. Distance will be around 2.5 miles - allow all evening as your guide is known for talking too much! Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots and take care as routes may include stiles and roads for part of the way. 

THURSDAY 26th JUNE 7.30pm LOST PUBS OF WANTAGE

New for 2014.  A tour of Wantage taking in an exploration of the lost pubs of the town. Please come and bring your own reminiscences to share. (At this stage in the season I will have almost lost my voice.) We will finish at a CAMRA award winning (and open) establishment in town. START AT THE SACK HOUSE, Wantage Wharf, MILL ST, WANTAGE. Numbers will be restricted to 15. A repeat of the walk on Tuesday 24th

MONDAY 30th JUNE 7.30pm – Wantage Wharf, the Sackhouse and the Wilts Berks Canal

Under the auspices of the Vale and Downland Museum ( Doors and coffee shop open at 7pm). Tickets: £4 . Advance booking recommended.

Brian Stovold, Chair of the local branch of the Canal Trust, discusses Wantage Wharf and the Sackhouse, amusing experiences leading the Festival walks and gives an update on plans for the restoration of the canal. The talk will include slides, maps and a couple of odd exhibits!

Jan Flanagan  is going to talk about her researches. It could be a splendidly mad evening if Brian is up to his usual daft standards

TUESDAY 1st JULY 7.00pm – 9.30pm SACK HOUSE OPEN EVENING, WANTAGE WHARF,  MILL ST WANTAGE.

Come and talk to the local volunteers from the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust and look at the displays in the newly-opened museum. During the evening, very short guided walks will take place around the wharf area including A bucket for donations will be on hand. 

THURSDAY 3rd JULY 7.00pm CIRCULAR GUIDED WALK

A circular walk starting and finishing at Grove Recreation Ground. This walk takes in the remaining part of the Grove Lock flight not covered on the 25th and a diversion up to Crab Hill. Distance is around 3 miles – allow 2 hours for guide to wax lyrical! Please wear suitable clothing/shoes/walking boots and take care as routes may include stiles and roads for part of the way.