Thursday 21st November – Timsbury
Walk Leaders: Jane & Lynn
A walk of just over 5 miles around Timsbury. Please meet at the Seven Stars in Timsbury (Address; Seven Stars, North Road, Timsbury, BA2 OJJ -Tel: 01761 471700) at 9.45am – ready to leave by 10.00am. Facilities will be available in the pub beforehand. Grid Reference for the Seven Stars is ST 670 588.
We head, through the village and then after crossing some fields we follow Parkway Lane. The mud may necessitate a short stint on the B3114 but there is a pavement. We then descend into the valley and follow the stream towards Priston Woods. We continue into the village of Priston and then climb gently close to Priston Mill and then turn south-west and cross fields passing Lammas Field Farm and onwards back to Timsbury.
There are 5 stiles, many kissing gates and one Bristol gate on this walk and all should be OK for dogs. There is a climb up Parkway Lane, a sharp descent and one other medium climb. I think I can guarantee that there will be plenty of mud – so waterproof boots and sticks are highly recommended. There are some options on the route to avoid some of the mud. It will depend how much more it rains between now and the walk day.
15 walkers gathered in the car park of the Seven Stars pub in Timsbury on a cold, grey but dry morning. We set off through the village and then out onto muddy fields some of which were very slippery and one walker took a heavy tumble. Fortunately no broken bones but plenty of washing to be done later at home.
The walk route had to be changed slightly due to all the recent heavy rain so after Parkway Lane, we went on through Camerton and up Tunley Hill before turning and walking along the valley by the side of a very pretty small brook. We passed Priston Wood and climbed up out of the valley and stopped for coffee by a mound with a standing stone, which marks the sight of a former quarry. There were still autumn colours on many of the trees. We followed a stone track into Priston passing an historic church with a hundred year old yew tree in the churchyard and at the top of the tower a magnificent golden cockerel weather vane. Some speculation as to whether it was real gold. Across the road is a brick building on staddle stones, Priston’s granary or apple store. We followed the road uphill past the turning for Priston Mill tithe barn and then back over fields to Timsbury.
There were no stiles but many kissing gates and one Bristol gate which were easy to negotiate. There were lovely countryside views, which showed off the beauty and peace of the Priston Brook valley.
It was a cold but invigorating walk and we were glad to get into the pub and warm up with a drink and a hot meal, the food was very good.
Very many thanks to Jane and Lynn for planning and arranging this walk, the weather stayed dry and everybody enjoyed the morning.
Report by Joyce C.