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|Malmesbury River Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 24 Apr 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular trail from the market town of Malmesbury in the southern Cotswolds in Wiltshire. The walk starts in the centre of the town before heading out to join the riverside path along the River Avon. The walk is a lovely mix with some peaceful sections of riverside walking along with opportunities to explore the history of the town. |
The walk is relatively flat and follows mainly riverside and field paths which will be very muddy after wet weather. There are a number of gates/kissing gates plus one metal squeeze gap and four stiles. The squeeze gap step is quite low and the first three stiles have large gaps alongside/underneath suitable for dogs. The final stile has closed fencing surrounding it but there is a mid height stone wall alongside which most dogs should be able to cross. One of the fields is likely to be holding cattle. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Malmesbury Town Hall. Parking is in the adjacent Cross Hayes open-air car park in Malmesbury. The car park is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Monday to Saturday the car park is pay and display and maximum stay 2 hours. Approximate post code SN16 9BZ.
|Town Hall to Daniel's Well|
Start point: 51.5833 lat, -2.0969 long
Head up towards the Town Hall and Tourist Information Offices at the top of the car park square. Go to the left of the building, up the narrow lane called Market Lane. Turn left at the T-junction with Oxford Street and continue along past Market Cross on the right.
|Daniel's Well to Avon Mill|
Start point: 51.5837 lat, -2.1013 long
Daniel’s Well is named after Daniel of Winchester, the Bishop of Winchester from 704 to 755. Daniel was a man of remarkable austerity, and it was here in this stream that it is said that Daniel used to stand the whole night long to cool his passions.
|Avon Mill to Weir|
Start point: 51.5807 lat, -2.0942 long
Avon Mill is the site of Malmesbury’s 19th century silk mills, set up in 1852 by silk manufacturers Thomas Bridget and Company of Derby. At its peak the mill employed more than 400 people. The mill changed hands a number of times, but silk production continued here until 1941. The main buildings have since been converted to private apartments.
|Weir to Conygre Mead Nature Reserve|
Start point: 51.583 lat, -2.094 long
Cross over the weir using the footbridge and go straight on over a stile into a field. Note this field is likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Follow the right hand edge of the field and then follow the path as it bends right through a wide fence opening, past embankments of an old railway. Continue ahead with the river on the left.
|Conygre Mead Nature Reserve to Mill House|
Start point: 51.5861 lat, -2.0939 long
This area of land alongside the Tetbury Avon is dedicated as a nature reserve and place of quiet recreation. The Mead is a rich area of varying habitats and is home to 170 plant species, 46 bird species and 18 butterfly species. In years gone by Monks of the abbey kept rabbits on the higher ground and constructed fish ponds close to the river. The word Conygre comes from coney or cony – an old word for rabbits.
|Mill House to Town Hall|
Start point: 51.5854 lat, -2.0987 long
Follow this mud path as it sweeps behind the Mill House and then runs alongside the river on the right. Follow the path as it bends hard left up a narrow tarmac footpath with tall brick walls each side. The path emerges onto Gloucester Road. Turn left and follow the pavement up the hill.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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