Taking in the notable features of Englishcombe village and its rural setting, with discussion of its remarkable history, including access to the ancient parish church.

Beginning on the edge of Bath, we will be walking an ancient path out to the historic village of Englishcombe, noting how quickly the bustle of the city is left behind. We are soon immersed in the rural setting and the remarkable history of events that took place in and around Englishcombe. The landscape features the remains of a Saxon castle mound and the Dark Ages earthwork of The Wansdyke. The village church dates back to Norman times and bears testimony to the tenure of the de Gournays, whose castle was nearby and whose noble history includes famous misdeeds. As well as a detailed look at the church (both exterior and interior), we will also take in other notable buildings including the tithe barn and old farms, while noting how a seemingly timeless landscape has changed over time.

The walk begins at Haycombe Cemetery on Whiteway Road (served by bus service number 12, with car parking in the cemetery) and while the walk technically finishes on Roundhill, it is not far from here back to parked cars / bus stop at Haycombe Cemetery.

Fully booked
Start Date Saturday 25th September 2021
Start Time 14:00
Duration 2 hours
Distance 2.5 miles
Places Available 15
Meeting Point Entrance to Haycombe Cemetery

Details

Start / Finish

Start: Haycombe Cemetery (BA2 2RQ), just outside the entrance on the left - what3words: accent.cups.jobs
Finish: Just opposite at the Roundhill

Terrain

Some steep sections, and may be muddy.
Some stiles.

Facilities

Nearest shops are on Mount Road and there is a cafe at Hillier Garden Centre

Leader(s)

John Branston

Meeting Point

Entrance to Haycombe Cemetery