Timsbury is a lovely old village and is surrounded by very attractive countryside. The area is also blessed with one of the densest networks of footpaths in the country; many are Public Rights of Way (PROW) – see below. Also, the area has such a fascinating history, including the coal mines and the coal canal. Great pleasure can be had from walking in and around Timsbury.
There are some wonderful walking route books available to buy written by three local enthusiasts. All full colour books include walks with clear easy to follow route descriptions, maps, photos and interesting background information.
Local Walks Books to Buy
20 Walks In & Around Timsbury – 1st book – £4
This first 66 full colour book was published in 2017, and updated in the 2nd edition in 2018. Hopefully it will encourage more people to walk and explore Timsbury and its surroundings. Over 1000 copies have been sold so far.
All 20 walks start and finish in the centre of Timsbury and range from 0.8 to 7.7 miles.
A sample walk can be seen here: WALKS 6 AND 7
Twenty Circular Walks Close to Timsbury – 2nd Book – £5
The new book, pubished in 2019, mirrors the format of the first (see below) which suits a wide range of people, with some longer walks for serious ramblers and shorter alternatives for those to just stretch their legs. The walks explore the wider area around Timsbury.
The walks are circular and range from 2 to 9 miles long.
A sample walk can be seen here: WALKS 1 AND 2
The books are available:
In Timsbury from:
- Connies Tea Room & Bistro, The Square, Newmans Lane
- Health & More shop, The High Street
- Hub Library in the YMCA by the Coop, North Road
Oldfield Park Bookshop, Moorland Road, Bath
The books are published and sponsored by Timsbury Parish Council. All proceeds go to the Parish Council and are used for the benefit of the village.
Public Rights of Way
PROWs are paths on which the public have a legally protected right to pass and re-pass, or ‘roam’. They are managed by BathNES Council – see their site for PROWs walk leaflets, online mapping, reporting problem etc.
There are many PROWs around the village which the Bath and also the Mendip local Ramblers Association groups voluntarily carry out works to the gates and signs, with equipment funded by B&NES.
See the map of PROWs in Timsbury here.
One famous PROW is the Ha-Ha which can be reached from St. Mary’s Close at the west of the village. Until the row of houses of the same name were built in the 1970’s it was a path which was sunken so that the wealthy residents of the now demolished Timsbury House to the south did not have to see the miners walking on their way to the mines at Amesbury etc.
Today it is a lovely walk to the amazing Mendip View at its end.
The sunken HaHa in the 1970’s……….and today
14 Circular Walks In and Around Radstock
This book is written by the same authors and the walks start and finish at Radstock Museum.
Priced at £5.00 it is available from The Connies tea room in Timsbury and from the Museum shop.
Coal Canal Way Walks Booklet
The Coal Canal Way is a series of walks along the route of the old Northern Branch of the Somersetshire Coal Canal which is at the botrtom of the Cam valley below Timsbury. Each page of the booklet includes a map, a description of things to see and a summary of the history. It covers Paulton/Timsbury – Radford – Camerton – Dunkerton – Combe Hay – Midford – Tucking Mill – Monkton Combe – Brassknocker – Dundas.
You can buy the Booklet for £4, view it on screen or download it from the Somersetshire Coal Canal Society website here.
Two Tree Hill on Farmbrough Common
This lovely view on the north side of the village is called Two Tree Hill by some people locally. Formally it is part of Farmborough Common, and it is in Farmborough parish, not Timsbury. Some people want to walk up it, but in fact there is no Public Right of Way up it, just around the east and south, and there is no informal right to roam or access either.