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 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 shows all the PROWS – footpaths on which the public have a legally protected right to pass and re-pass, or roam – click on image below to see a larger version:
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. Click on each image for more details.
Copies of each book can be bought for £6 each from:
Health & More in the High Street, Timsbury
Hub Library in the YMCA by the Coop in North Road, Timsbury
Canine Craze in South Road, Timsbury
Farmborough Community Shop in Little Lane, Farmborough
Oldfield Park Bookshop in Moorland Road, Bath
Radstock Museum in Waterloo Road, Radstock
Coal Canal Way Walks Booklet
|The Coal Canal Way walks booklet is a series of linear walks produced by the Somersetshire Coal Canal Society 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 booklet is available to buy, view as screen-readable version or download.|
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.
One famous footpath 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. 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.
Two Tree Hill on Farmborough Common
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.