Sells Green - Melksham - Redstocks

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This is a walk in the lush countryside of West Wiltshire from the tiny setting of Sells Green, taking footpaths and bridleways to the edge of Melksham, then turning in the direction of the small and pretty Redstocks. Outlying farms, rich fields and meadows and pleasant views are constant features on this easy route with no uphill challenges.

England - South England - Wiltshire - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife
30/04/2017 - Colin Hamilton

I hate to say it but I would not recommend this walk at all as the whole area is walker unfriendly. On starting the walk, at WP1, the gate to the first field has a 'Bull in field' sign. Not the most inviting. We ventured in but with some trepidation. Fortunately, no bull and lived to tell the tale. At WP2, a minor corrective suggestion. Rather than go through the gate and farmyard you can just go another 10 yards in the field and cross a wooden bridge over the stream which bypasses the farm. Now it gets much worse. Many of the fields are just grown over and hard to walk through. No attempt is made by the farmers to make the path easy and then you get to Melksham!!! WP4/5 now has a huge housing estate built on it and it was only with the help of our GPS that we could find a route through the housing to try and maintain the route. On leaving the outskirts of the housing estate we came across and electric fence (which we managed to use the opening section to get through) followed by ploughed field. It's as though the local farmers are intent on putting off walkers. We veered off the route before WP6, on paths marked by the West Wilts Ramblers association, which were a challenge in terms of farmers ignoring and rights of way, to get us down to the K&A canal and the Barge Inn, where we sought well earned refreshment. Sorry for going on so long but I really think that this walk is now a complete write off. It's just not pleasant.

08/05/2005 - Martin Beta

Sorry forgot to add with my previous comment that walked this today 8 May 05. Ground good as been dry for a while and windy. This route will be very muddy in places after raing if not allowed to dry out.

08/05/2005 - Martin Beta

Nice walk for us being relatively local living in Atworth. This was our first walk using our GPS to assist with map. Worked well. Ensure you have detailed map as PROW signs are either non-existent or hard to see. Recommend using OS sheet ST86/96, 1:25,000 as shows field boundaries. Parts of route not well walked so vegetation in fast growing period can make some areas difficult to see where to go if not got good map.

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