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Cycling and Walking
Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Cycling and Walking. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

The "Greenest" way to get to work is to walk - and it's also good for your health. Or you could cycle. But these activities are good for shopping, for leisure, for connection to and from public transport or your friend's house for a lift. We've got some lovely walks and cycle ways too in Melksham and some that require a bit of attention of don't exist at all, or are frustrating gaps ...
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2490Friendly Hotel in Melksham, near Bath
Lisa emailed me a link to a web site listing dog-friendly hotels for our own future use when traveling. Now for Betty and Phil, a hotel that's dog friendly is a blessing, but by contrast Gordon and Sarah wouldn't want to stay somewhere that's overrun with other people's dogs. So let's see ... where ...
4022A request for all of Melksham transport groups to work integrated
It was suggested the other night that Melksham's Community Area Partnership Transport Group might like to run as separate groups, looking at different modes of transport - Buses, Trains, Car, Cycle, Foot. And whilst I agree that focus groups on individual modes might be useful at times, I cannot agree ...
3938A long overdue meeting - a steeping stone towards coordinate transport user inputs
A rapt audience at yesterday's Travel and Transport coordination meeting for users and user groups in Westbury ... I fell asleep last night in a mixture of exhaustion and elation. We met at The Laverton in Westbury - All seats we had laid out were filled, with latecomers grabbing extra chairs. Representatives ...
3904Want to help us improve transport in Wiltshire? Here is how!
Can you identify with any of these questions? Would you like to help to make things better? There's a need for improved co-ordination between transport providers, various user groups, local authorities, special interest groups - and the people who use the services too! As a group which is working ...
3771Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures
For a couple of brief months in the summer, it's light enough after a day of training to go for a good walk in the countryside ... as we did on Tuesday evening down to The Barge at Seend. It's about 3 miles from out training centre and hotel at Well House Manor to "The Barge". The first mile ...
3689Can I cycle or ride my mobility scooter on the pavement?
Last week, I attended the meeting of Wiltshire Council's Area Board in Melksham - a meeting that was especially scheduled on an afternoon in the middle of the week so that those people over 55 who don't normally venture out after dark would be encouraged to come along. I was surprised how sparsely ...
3579Transport in Cambridgeshire - seen by an outside observer. What can Wiltshire learn?
A week in Cambridge - traveling there, and around when I needed, without a car - and a chance to look, listen and learn a bit more about the wider transport issues of that city. Some may be lessons for us in Wiltshire, others may be items that I simply say "won't work here because of ...". Between ...
3580Melksham Area - buses, trains, cycles, and roads. Meeting, 17.1.2012
This TUESDAY evening ... are YOU available? Melksham Town Hall on Tuesday January 17th at 6.30pm, with refreshments from 6pm. The meeting is free and informal, and open to anyone who would like to contribute or simply listen. If you need a lift home after the meeting, let me know - I'm aware that the ...
3376Kennet and Avon - Walk from Bedwyn to Pewsey. TransWilts day out.
I first walked the Kennet and Avon canal from Pewsey to Bedwyn in the early 1970s ... in those days I lived in Kent, and travelled down on the only morning train to call at Pewsey, picking up a two hourly stopper back from Bedwyn later in the day. And in those days, the canal was weed infested, the ...
3231Footpath, Bridleway, Byway, Road used as Public Path
It's often a surprise to me which posts generate informed and useful additional feedback, comment, information, and so forth. My recent post about a public footpath, and what is allowed on there, was one that rather took off on Facebook. [link - original article] Phil writes: I am certain that pushing ...
3228What can you take on a public footpath? Pram? Wheelbarrow? Dog? Shopping Trolley? Horse? Cycle?
Beside our house runs a public footpath ... and we have a gate to the side through which we can walk onto it. Goodness knows how old the gate is - many years for sure; I suspect it dates back to the 1920s or 1930s. We use the path from time to time, via the gate - it's a convenient way for Gypsy and ...
3216Images of a Spring Walk
Gypsy and I took a walk from Semington to Staverton along the canal. Back via the River Avon and Whaddon. In both directions, she walked to the west of me - ahead and excited on the way out, getting a little tired and draggy on the way back. We I took plenty of pictures ... and many of them ...
3023Autumn walk from Bowerhill
The Autumn season ... and the leaves are changing from green to a rich variety of yellows, oranges and browns, and falling from the trees. A walk yesterday (great to get out for just an hour or two) took Gypsy and me across the fields from Brabazon Way on Bowerhill, through Freddie's Wood (Shown as Giles ...
2958What do these road markings mean? Could Confusion Kill?
Yesterday evening, I attended a wide ranging meeting and I mentioned my concerns at the markings on this footpath when we were talking about small capital highways expenditures; invited by the meeting chair to send a picture, I followed up: "Following on from yesterday evening - here is a picture of ...
2858The healthy option - away from the private car
"I used to take the train from school." No - that's a simplification. I walked to the station (Sydenham Hill until the age of 11, Sevenoaks until 17), took my train, then walked a mile home in Petts Wood. Every half hour, the 161A bus connected there with the train (ah those days of proper co-ordination!) ...
2709Old trackways and routes near Melksham
I've often wondered why Statton's Walk leads into the road past the Co-op, through Dorset Crescent and out into the countryside on a public footpath that's well defined at first but then crosses another path, and a broken style. It can only then be followed by scanning the far side of the field and spotting ...
2707A walk on the Kennet and Avon
Today, I was reminded that just one little push of the rudder of a narrow boat, gently and with a single finder, can channel the power of the eight tons into a change of direction and a force to be recconned with. And that power can be for the great good of the boat movement, or do unspeakable damage. I ...
2704A walk within without - Melksham Without
I took a walk this afternoon - exploring paths from Shaw to Beanacre to Whitley and back to Shaw. Here are some images - 4 from 42. All the pictures (twice the size too!) ... first half of the walk - [Beanacre] and [Whitley and Shaw] ...
2666Random thoughts on Melksham Town Planning and development
On Friday evening, I attended the Mayor's reception in Melksham Assembly Hall, and on Saturday I traveled to Taunton to attend TravelWatch SouthWest. At one of those meetings (and I'm ashamed to say I can't recall which) someone made the poignant comment that, for the most part, Town Planners don't actually ...
2253Walks in and around Melksham, Wiltshire
Melksham is a town with a history around every corner - a guest at the hotel on Saturday morning was asking me a few questions, and I've put together a few of the walks that I enjoy from the hotel. To show you how much there is to see on each of these walks, I have also listed out all of the places ...
1802Motorcycles welcome at Well House Manor
I used to ride a motor cycle. I suppose I may have my mid-life crisis at some point and ride another one. And I've got that in common with many of our course delegates; occasionally (sometimes it seems not so occasionally!) one of them will arrive for a course on his bike and in full leathers. There's ...
1640Walking on The Wiltshire Downs
Summer is here! A lovely walk yesterday - on Roundway Hill Covert which is only about 6 miles from Melksham The Marlborough Downs fall away at Roundway Hill, where a battle was fought (1643) in the English Civil War. The next hill across is known as "Olivers Castle" after Oliver Cromwell. Behind ...
Topics covered in this module
Cycling and walking.
Cycles, and where to cycle.
Walking, and where to walk.
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