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Summer Visits 2018

Click on links for full details (where available). The outline list of dates for the summer programme is given below.     We also have a Winter Lecture Programme

Sunday 22 April 2018 Afternoon walk: Horsley and Newmarket Valleys
Sunday 20 May 2018 Afternoon walk: Alney Island and Over Canal Basin
Wednesday 27 June 2018 Modern Industry Visit to Andigestion Ltd Bishops Cleeve
Sunday 22 July 2018 Afternoon Walk: Gloucester Docks (Recent Developments)
Sunday 19 August 2018 Afternoon Walk: Tewkesbury: Mythe Area

Sunday 22rd April 2018

Afternoon walk: Horsley and Newmarket Valleys

Mills, turnpikes, the food industry, the site of a gaol, engineering and crafts all feature in this very pleasant and little known walk to the west of Nailsworth. We will pass several mill sites, where in some cases substantial buildings survive but at others there is scarcely a trace remaining. At Ruskin (Millbottom) Mill a large external waterwheel is on view.

We will leave Nailsworth by means of the Horsley Valley, and will pass by Locke Mill, Gig Mill and Ruskin Mill, now a centre for craft workers. It is now possible to walk through the old fish farm so we can see the restored Lower Horsley Mill at close range. Nearby is a good example of an old tollhouse. At Hartley Bridge we will climb out of the valley near the site of the old House of Correction at Horsley.

After crossing to the Newmarket Valley we will pass the site of Nodes Mill and the surviving Lot Mill which was once occupied by the engineering firm of H J H King Co & Co. The final site is Prices Mill which has been converted to a doctor's surgery and from there it is a short step to the car park. The leader will be Ray Wilson.

Details: Meet in Newmarket Road Car Park (opposite Christ Church at ST 846 994) after 1.45pm for a prompt start at 2.00pm. Directions from the sole roundabout on the A46 main road on the stretch through Nailsworth are as follows: Approaching from Stroud pass Egypt Mill on the left and turn right up Spring Hill at the roundabout referred to above. Almost immediately turn left into Old Market which has toilets, and the bus station. Continue to Cossack Square at the end of Old Market. The Britannia Inn is a useful landmark at this meeting of several roads. Clockwise from the left is Market Street, Horsley Road, Newmarket Road, Chestnut Hill (and finally Old Market where you are). If you succeed in picking Newmarket Road you will find the car park after about 200 yards on the left. Please wear stout footwear. There will be some fairly steep uphill walking when we go between the two valleys. The total distance will be about 3 miles

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Sunday 20 May 2018

Afternoon walk: Alney Island and Over Canal Basin

Following on from the talk in the winter lecture series we will be taking a gentle walk to look at the surviving industrial archaeological features in this fascinating area, so close to the city, but relatively unknown. However, we will park and start at the Over canal basin of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal. Our leader for the walk will be Amber Patrick and we hope to have a member of the restoration project team at Over to show us the immense amount of progress that they have achieved on the site.

We will then cross the main road so we can walk across Thomas Telford's Over bridge which for nearly 150 years carried the main road to Ross. The bridge suffered from subsidence immediately it was completed as can still be seen today. Here also is the railway bridge carrying the main line to Chepstow. Following the western arm of the Severn we will see Lower Parting (an excellent spot to see the Severn Bore) and pass by Llanthony weir, lock and restored cottages.

Next we will visit the site of Castle Meads Power Station which was built during WWII and see the wharf on the Severn where coal for the station was unloaded from barges. Nearby is the unusual swing railway bridge over the Severn designed by Brunel but which has long been out of use. Finally we will return to Over along the line of the GWR’s broad gauge Docks branch. The total distance will be just over 2.5 miles.

Details: Please meet at Over Canal Basin after 1-45pm for a prompt start at 2-00. This is located just off (and to the north of) the A40 dual carriageway from Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye. The junction is about 300 yards west of the roundabout where the A417 (leading north to Maisemore) crosses the A40. If heading towards Ross you will turn right across the dual carriageway but fortunately the junction is controlled by traffic lights. Drive down past The Wharf House Restaurant for about 150 yards and park. NGR SO81601976 Post code GL2 8BY. As usual please bring stout footwear as the area can sometimes be muddy, but we will be mostly on level footpaths. Please contact Ray Wilson if you have any queries.

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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Modern Industry Visit to Andigestion Ltd Bishops Cleeve

Full Details will be published here in due course.

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Sunday 22 July 2018

Afternoon Walk: Gloucester Docks (Recent Developments)

Full Details will be published here in due course.

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Sunday 19 August 2018

Afternoon Walk: Tewkesbury: Mythe Area

Full Details will be published here in due course.

Further visits are being arranged for latter part of the season.