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Corsham on TV

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Corsham on TV
Author: Claire, Published: 18 Oct 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Corsham on TV Walking Guide star1 Corsham on TV Walking Guide star1 Corsham on TV Walking Guide star1 Corsham on TV Walking Guide star0 Corsham on TV Walking Guide
Wiltshire, Bath
Walk Type: Garden or park
Corsham on TV
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Corsham on TV Walking Guide boot Corsham on TV Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from the small market town of Corsham in Wiltshire. With the beautiful Bath stone properties, cobbled High Street and an impressive Elizabethan mansion, it is no wonder that the town has been chosen as a backdrop for so many films and TV dramas. The walk explores the pretty streets of the town before visiting the church alongside the mansion of Corsham Court. The remainder of the route tours the impressive parkland grounds of Corsham Court, principally the work of Capability Brown.

The walk has only gentle slopes with no steep sections. The paths are generally firm in the main, but some sections within the parkland can get muddy at times. The route includes about one mile of walking on quiet country lanes, so take care of traffic on this stretch. You will be sharing the parkland paths with sheep for most of the way round and there are also cattle grazing sometimes within the park. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus one stile (which has fencing gaps for dogs up to Labrador-size dogs to pass through). There are public toilets signed from the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 2 hours.

Corsham is located in west Wiltshire, at the south-western edge of the Cotswolds, 8 miles from Bath and just south of the A4. The walk starts and finishes at the town’s long-stay car park (NOT the adjacent short-stay one) which is accessed off Newlands Road. The fee is £1 for 2 hours or £1.80 for 3 hours (correct Oct 2016). Approximate post code SN13 0BG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Corsham Court
Start to Corsham Court

Start point: 51.4332 lat, -2.1867 long
End point: 51.4338 lat, -2.1831 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance onto Newlands Road (not any of the pedestrian exits), and turn left along the pavement. After just a few metres turn left again at the mini-roundabout into Post Office Lane. At the end of the lane you will come to a T-junction with Corsham High Street. Here you could take an optional detour to your right, to explore the pedestrianised stretch if you wish. Otherwise turn left along the High Street.

Corsham’s historic High Street is made up of mellow, Georgian stone buildings and is home to a wide variety of independent retailers as well as its colourful and noisy residents; the town’s peacocks! All this charm has certainly caught the eye of TV and film producers. Corsham parish has provided the backdrop in numerous films and TV dramas including The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Lark Rise to Candleford. Most famously, Corsham High Street became the 18th Century Truro for the BBC One drama Poldark, staring Aidan Turner (see Gallery images).

Pass the tourist information centre on your left (from which fans of Poldark can buy merchandise by Andrew Rose Photography). Towards the top of the High Street, you will pass The Flemish Weaver on your left then come to the old Town Hall with its large protruding clock. At this point, turn right into Church Street. Just before you reach the gateway ahead, look above the wall on your left and you will see an ornate folly of ruins sitting within the grounds of Corsham Court. Go through the first gateway ahead into a tarmac turning area. Ahead is the Church of St Bartholomew and to the left are the ornate gates and frontage of Corsham Court.

Corsham Court to Woodland Belt
Corsham Court to Woodland Belt

Start point: 51.4338 lat, -2.1831 long
End point: 51.4414 lat, -2.1709 long

Corsham Court, a Saxon Royal Manor and home of the Methuen family, is based in an Elizabethan house dating from 1582. Today, in its 72ft long picture gallery, it houses a celebrated collection of Old Master paintings including works by Van Dyke and furniture designed by Chippendale. The house starred in the film The Remains of the Day with Anthony Hopkins and also in the BBC’s adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Walk straight ahead, passing through the gateway to enter the churchyard. Follow the path leading you past the main church entrance on your left and then veering right, through the churchyard. This becomes a grass path leading you to a kissing gate within the boundary wall.

NOTE: From this point you may come across grazing sheep (and sometimes cattle). Go through the gate to enter the parkland and turn immediately left, following the grass path with the churchyard wall running on your left. When this wall ends, continue at about 11 o’clock on the worn grass path leading you through the beautiful parkland. Soon this path runs immediately alongside a ha-ha on your left, a sunken ditch and fence arrangement that creates livestock enclosures without spoiling the open parkland views. Glance over your left shoulder to get another view of Corsham Court.

Capability Brown was commissioned to work on Corsham Court and its grounds in 1760, at the height of his career and re-modelled the house and grounds. He created the ha-ha, the 13 acre lake the Great Walk (a one mile private path with trees planted along its length) that we will cross shortly and planted numerous trees including Cedars and the Oriental Plane.

Stay on the path immediately alongside this ha-ha passing through two more kissing gates along the way (the second of which sits within a clump of spikey blackthorn and hawthorn trees). Once again, keep ahead following the line of the ha-ha on your left. Halfway along this pasture, look out for a waymarker post on your left, set within a clump of trees. This marks the point at which the footpath veers away from the ha-ha.

Fork right here, and take the grass path passing between two large oak trees. Stay with this worn path which passes to the left of a fenced copse of young trees and leads you to a metal kissing gate in the top boundary. Pass through this and continue in the same direction to enter a belt of trees.

Woodland Belt to Country Lane
Woodland Belt to Country Lane

Start point: 51.4414 lat, -2.1709 long
End point: 51.4452 lat, -2.1605 long

This woodland belt is the Great Walk or North Walk, a mile-long private woodland walkway that the family would have used for recreational strolls. A few metres into the woodland you will notice that you are crossing an old stone bridge. This was created by Capability Brown to allow the general populous to follow this public right of way, without coming into contact with the family members who would have passed underneath, safely out of the way of local ruffians!

At the far side of the woodland belt, pass through the kissing gate to enter the next section of parkland pasture. Follow the waymarked path ahead, with the fenced belt of trees on your right and a collection of beautiful old oak trees on your left.

The path veers steadily left to reach the next kissing gate. Pass through this and follow the worn grass path leading you between two oak trees and then veering right. The path leads you towards a pair of (locked) wooden gates. Just before you reach these, veer left past a water trough and lime tree to find the metal kissing gate that leads you out of the parkland. You will emerge to a junction with a country lane, with the crossroads at the A4 just to your left.

Country Lane to Park Farm
Country Lane to Park Farm

Start point: 51.4452 lat, -2.1605 long
End point: 51.4321 lat, -2.1659 long

Turn right along this country lane, taking care of any occasional traffic, with the parkland wall running on your right. On your right you will pass the ornate old eastern entrance gate for Corsham Court. Simply continue ahead along the lane. Pass a single stone property on your left and, soon afterwards, take the first road turning on the right.

Follow this narrow lane between hedgerows. About 800 metres along, ignore the side branch to the left, instead stay with the main lane which bends right and then left. The lane leads you through a small hamlet of pretty stone cottages and then climbs steadily, passing Park Farm on your right and Westrop Barn on your left.

Park Farm to End
Park Farm to End

Start point: 51.4321 lat, -2.1659 long
End point: 51.4333 lat, -2.1865 long

Stay ahead on the lane which swings right and then, before the lane bends left, you will see footpaths signed off both sides of the lane. Take the right-hand footpath, crossing over a stile to enter a grass meadow. With your back to the stile, take the path diagonally left (at about 10 o’clock) and go through the kissing gate at the far side. Follow the narrow fenced path leading you ahead.

Cross over the stone track and take the wide gate ahead (or us the stile alongside) to re-enter Corsham Park (again this stretch is likely to have grazing sheep). Walk straight ahead on the stone and grass path with fine views of the lake to your right and of Corsham Court at about 1 o’clock. Keep with the main stone path ahead, which stays alongside the parkland boundary on your left.

Further along, beyond the lake, the path begins to veer steadily right (away from the left-hand boundary). Before it veers right again to face the church, you will reach a subtle crossroads with a grass path. Turn left here and the path leads you out of the parkland via a metal gate. You will emerge into a beautiful avenue of lime trees. Go straight ahead to pick up the concrete footpath at the far side. Follow this as it leads you between stone walls and emerges back into the High Street. To reach the car park, go straight ahead into Post Office Lane then turn right at the mini-roundabout and then right again into the car park entrance.

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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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Preparing for Poldark
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Filming Poldark
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