The Box Heritage Trail has now gone ‘live’ with an informative leaflet and a map to guide walkers around this circular 4.5 mile moderate walk that offers magnificent views of the Box Valley that lies within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) and provides details of quarrying, milling, the fine houses and Brunel’s’ Great Western Railway.
This is the first of eight Heritage Trails that are being developed by the Project which aims to provide a series of way marked, informed walks that are centred on Corsham that are connected to Biddestone, Box and Colerne. Other trails will be provided to promote awareness of the quarrying industry, the milling trade along the Bybrook valley and military presence in Corsham, Biddestone, Box and Colerne area. The aim is to have all of the Heritage Trails in place by the next Corsham Walking Festival that takes place over the weekend 12 – 14th June 2020.
The project aims to promote walking as a social and leisure activity by providing improved Public Rights of Way (PRoW) that will be way marked to aid navigation and the provision of a free leaflet to assist walkers to follow the route with links to further information to improve walkers knowledge of the heritage of the area. The Trails will also benefit Corsham and the villages, as a Walkers are Welcome Town, by attracting visitors to our area with easy access by foot into the Avon Valley District of the Cotswold AONB.
The Trails have been inspected by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens who have put in more than 1000 hours of voluntary effort to have stiles repaired or replaced by kissing gates, improving paths and dry-stone walls. The Cotswold Wardens worked alongside the Wiltshire County Council Rights of Way team to improve the paths and bridleways. The Project has received financial support from Town and Parish Councils, Cotswold Countryside Fund plus a grant from the Bingham Hall Trust and support from local businesses.
Copies of the Box Heritage Trail leaflet can be obtained from Box Library and village shops and in Corsham at the Town Hall, TIC and Community Campus.
Heritage Trails Project