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A summer’s evening walk in the woodland of Bedwyn Brail to visit some of the trees listed on the estate’s ancient tree register.

This is a rare opportunity to tour part of the Brails off the paths and to be shown trees not visible from the public footpaths, especially a Sweet Chestnut, a possible champion, with heavy limbs that snake across the ground for over 23 metres, and a rare native Black Poplar tree.

We will be accompanied by Richard Charles, custodian of the Brails, who will explain about the importance and management of these special trees. Richard has a vast knowledge of the flora and fauna of these woods and walkers will come away with an appreciation of the care and consideration that goes into protecting our woodland habitats.

Walk Leader/organisation: Judy Haynes, Bedwyn Footpaths Group

Walk Information

  • Booking: Donation £2 – Booking essential – 20 places
  • Distance & approximate duration: Approx, 3 miles –  3  hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate. Part of the walk is on private land and through woodland, not on rights of way, so surface will be uneven and with vegetation. The pace will be slow but walkers will be standing for periods.
  • Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or other mobility aids.
  • Dogs: No dogs
  • Nearby Refreshments:  Walkers are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. Picnic spot at Wilton Windmill. Pubs: The Swan in Wilton, Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn.  Cafe open during daytime only: Wendy’s Community Cafe, Farm Lane Bedwyn
  • Closest Toilets: Wilton Windmill
  • Meeting point: The farmyard at Hillbarn Cottages, Wilton SN8 3SW. Grid ref SU 281 618. What3Words:
  • Public Transport: No public transport. Hillbarn Cottages is 2 miles from Great Bedwyn train station.
  • Parking: Free. Limited parking in the farmyard. Further parking in layby at nearby Wilton Windmill

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Further Information

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This walk is brought to you by our partner Bedwyn Footpath Group:

Sweet Chestnut - credit Judy Haynes