Timsbury and the surrounding countryside is a wonderful area full of contrast and there is no better way to absorb its beauty, variety and history than by walking the many footpaths of the Public Rights of Way (PROW) network.
Walking is good exercise for body and mind and a chance to meet new people. Great pleasure can be had from walking in and around Timsbury.
There are plenty of routes to choose from, whether a gentle stroll around the village or longer walks further afield. The Definitive Map below shows all the PROWS – footpaths on which the public have a legally protected right to pass and re-pass, or roam.
The Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 142 (Shepton Mallet and Mendip Hills East) and 155 (Bristol and Bath) also show the local footpaths. However, there is a series of good local books, the Coal Canal Way Walks Booklet and online material providing suggested walks.
There are five wonderful walking route books written by three local enthusiasts which include walks in and around Timsbury, as well the area immediately beyond the village. All are full colour books with clear and easy to follow route descriptions, maps, photos and interesting background information. The second edition of Twenty circular walks in and Radstock included six extra walks. This meant that one hundred walks had been created over the series of books. Click on each image for more details.
Health & More in the High Street, Timsbury
Hub Library in the YMCA by the Coop in North Road, Timsbury
Farmborough Community Shop in Little Lane, Farmborough
Oldfield Park Bookshop in Moorland Road, Bath
Radstock Museum in Waterloo Road, Radstock
Walk in Clare’s footprints!
Clare Balding came to Timsbury in January 2023 to record an edition of her BBC Radio 4 Ramblings programme. The route chosen was a combination of three sections of walks from the Timsbury Walking Books. It included the historic centre of the village, the Ha-Ha, Amesbury, Paulton Basin, the Somersetshire Coal Canal tow path and then back up to Timsbury. The programme can be listened to at: Villagers’ Walks around Timsbury
The authors, Peter Bradshaw, Larry Cunningham and Sue Fraser were also interviewed by Rob Bayly for his Brunch Show on Somer Valley FM. The show can be heard at: Timsbury Walking Books on Somer Valley FM
A number of requests were received for details of the route. As the route didn’t exactly correspond to one walk from the books, an eight-page A5 colour leaflet was created. It is identical in format to the books, with directions for the route, photographs and historical information. The Parish Council paid for the printing of these leaflets which can be collected free of charge from Health and More, The Hub and The Conygre Hall. As the number available is limited, the leaflet is also available by visiting this page on a PC or laptop to view, print and to download.
The Coal Canal Way
The Coal Canal Way is a series of linear walks which, when taken together, cover the entire length of the Northern Branch of the disused Somersetshire Coal Canal. (Paulton-Radford-Camerton-Dunkerton-Combe Hay-Midford- Tucking Mill-Monkton Combe-Brassknocker-Dundas). The walks are described in both directions for people who want a short exploration which returns to its starting point. The individual short walks can be linked to those on adjacent pages to form a longer walk for those who prefer greater distances. Each page includes a map at an appropriate scale for that section and a description of the interesting things to be seen on the walk, with a summary of their history.
Chris Selwyn is a keen local walker who has an interest in recording the footpaths in Timsbury. He has created a number of virtual walks:
- Timsbury Footpaths camera album which a series of virtual walks that are made from photographs that taken in the spring of 2019.
- A Panoramic Virtual Tour of Historic Timsbury which is a virtual walk-through with photographs of Timsbury taken in the first half of the 20th century overlain modern panoramic photographs.
The Ha-Ha which is a well-known local path 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 this section 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 and from local mines. Some would call the path a ‘holloway’ as it has a bank on either side. Today it is a lovely walk to the amazing Mendip View at its end.
Farmborough Common (also known as One Tree or Two Tree Hill)
These lovely views on the north side of the village are of a hill called Two Tree or One 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 as shown on this Ordnance Survey Explore Map. There is no informal right to roam or access either.