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Melksham

Wiltshire


Slow Ways linking Melksham and Bath, Bradford-On-Avon, Calne, Chippenham, Corsham, Devizes, Trowbridge

England / Wiltshire / Melksham

Melksham’s seven Slow Ways are 50% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 2/7
and surveyed: 2/7

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Melksham from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bath—Melksham
Batmel two Review me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 286m Descent 271m
Bath—Melksham
Batmel three

Verify me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 285m Descent 270m
Bath—Melksham
Batmel four Review me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 341m Descent 326m
Bradford-On-Avon—Melksham
Bramel one

Double check Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 60m Descent 52m
Bradford-On-Avon—Melksham
Bramel two Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 44m Descent 36m
Bradford-On-Avon—Melksham
Bramel three Enjoy me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 36m Descent 28m
Corsham—Melksham
Cormel two

Double check Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 49m Descent 104m
Corsham—Melksham
Cormel four Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 75m Descent 133m
Corsham—Melksham
Cormel five Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Melksham—Calne
Melcal two Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 220m Descent 191m
Melksham—Chippenham
Melchi one Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 66m Descent 58m
Melksham—Chippenham
Melchi two Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 50m Descent 43m
Melksham—Devizes
Meldev one

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 109m Descent 19m
Melksham—Devizes
Meldev two Verify me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 117m Descent 27m
Melksham—Devizes
Meldev three Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 104m Descent 14m
Melksham—Devizes
Meldev four Enjoy me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 121m Descent 31m
Trowbridge—Melksham
Tromel one Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 36m Descent 39m
Trowbridge—Melksham
Tromel two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 28m Descent 30m
Trowbridge—Melksham
Tromel three Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 25m Descent 27m

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Collective progress

76% of Melksham’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

19/19

drawn

19/19

reviewed

18/19

surveyed

2/19

verified

6 people have contributed to Melksham’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

19 people have surveyed a route in Melksham

254km out of 254km have been walked and reviewed

482km of reviews have been shared in Melksham

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Great route between Melksham and Devizes, avoiding the no doubt very wet ground elsewhere. I can confirm this route should be wheelable, and is perfectly good on foot too....

panifex

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It is flat, easy to follow and could be done by some forms of wheeled transport (although the path is narrow in places)....

Steven Melia

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Very pleasant walk, however due to overgrown fields , and the path appearing not to be frequently walked the going at time was slightly strenuous.Several fields approaching Melksham have been planted with maize and with the footpath not being reinstated could be a problem as the season progresses....

Pete

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A smidgen can be cut off the route by going down First Lane, instead of Middle Lane....

Brian

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Stile now installed ( Jan '23 ) at problem location...

Brian

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Referring to previous report the fields that were planted with maze have still not had foot path reinstated plus path between ST90370 66758 & 90404 67082....

Pete

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I walked this route today from Corsham to Melksham, with no difficulties. The Market Tavern by the routes end in Melksham is also very much worth a visit....

panifex

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Corsham—Melksham

panifex added Cormel five, a new walk from Corsham to Melksham

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Problem with stile at ST89409 64054 as previously mentioned, see photo, which had barbed wire & wooden bar on far side necessitating crawling underneath.Path after next stile overgrown but path then turns right past solar farm. The walk after that was excellent especially the view of Bath as we walked into city...

Pete

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I think this is a great way to get between Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge - avoiding the uncertain footpaths while not adding much to the length....

panifex

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I think this is the best route between Trowbridge and Melksham. It avoids the uncertain footpaths, and is not much longer. The road walk at the Melksham end is very quiet and pleasant....

panifex

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Difficult to follow, and in one key location a completely non-existent footpath. Unfortunately I can’t recommend it as is - it needs a redraft....

panifex

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Being a resident of Melksham I am fully aware of the state of the footpaths in the Melksham and surrounding areas, Wiltshire Council will NOT condemn landowners who annually flagrantly break the law by planting maize which complete blocks the network of paths. From June to October this is a no go area. Like Peter I undertook this walk yesterday from Devizes to Melksham, and the sections from Devizes, along the canal, across fields to Redstocks is fine. From Redstocks on, there was....

Brian

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Brian surveyed Batmel four

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The route is wheelchair / pushchair / mobility scooter friendly, as the majority of route is canal towpath, with the remainder being pavement out of Bath, and ditto into Melksham....

Brian

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Bath—Melksham

Brian added Batmel four, a new walk from Bath to Melksham

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I tried walking this route from Devizes to Melksham, The canal sections were fine - but the farmland sections became very problematic where some footpaths across fields were impassable due to deep ploughing across the entire field and other areas were very muddy/flooded. I needed to rely on my OS maps + GPS to pick through some fields. Having looked at the other variations for Melksham-Devizes I think that MelDev04 is the optimum one for the network as it looks like a more reliable, more accessible route....

Peter Cooke

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I consider this the best route between Melksham and Chippenham, but the Melksham area is blighted by crops ( partic maize ) in Autumn each year which can make the walk challenging...

Brian

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Having compiled this route, and provided a review of the reason why, now having walked / surveyed the route, I want to add further comments....

Brian

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The road section near Heddington Wick is a minor road, which is used as a rat run, and cars travel at speed, ditto Back Lane into Sandy Lane. The crossing of the A342 in Sandy Lane needs to be undertaken carefully, as the road is busy, and there is limited visibility The overall ascent of the walk is 600'...

Brian

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Brian surveyed Batmel three

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Corsham—Melksham

Brian added Cormel four, a new walk from Corsham to Melksham

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Having undertaken all routes between Corsham and Melksham, this is easiest to undertake. All routes involve crossing the A350, and without extending the route a couple of miles it is probably the most rewarding visually. Unfortunately, as with a lot of West Wilts, some fields can be cropped in summer with maize, particularly close to Melksham...

Brian

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Some fields can be avoided after Rusty Lane Farm and taking the straight route (South South East) to the Canal - this is shown in Photo 11....

DaveYearsley

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DaveYearsley took this photo on Meldev two

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Melksham

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Melksham—Chippenham

Brian added Melchi two, a new walk from Melksham to Chippenham

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Walkers who can use an ordnance survey map might prefer a pleasanter route out of Melksham by following Clackers Brook to Redstocks and then joining the Kennet & Avon Canal via Rusty Lane Farm....

DaveYearsley

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DaveYearsley took this photo on Meldev four

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Bath—Melksham

Brian added Batmel three, a new walk from Bath to Melksham

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This route is a substitute for Batmel one which is unachievable...

Brian

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Bradford-On-Avon—Melksham

Brian added Bramel three, a new walk from Bradford-On-Avon to Melksham

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This route avoids public footpaths with stiles from Whaddon to Berryfields, by extending the canal towpath section to Semington, followed by quiet old A350 into Melksham, which is Wheelchair / Pushchair friendly....

Brian

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Trowbridge—Melksham

Brian added Tromel three, a new walk from Trowbridge to Melksham

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This route avoids public footpaths with stiles from Whaddon to Berryfields, by extending the canal towpath section to Semington, followed by quiet old A350 into Melksham, which is Wheelchair / Pushchair friendly...

Brian

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A significantly longer route than Batmel ( which is unachievable ) which is NOT wheelchair/pushchair friendly, without field paths with stiles. For a wheelchair friendly route, see Batmel four...

Brian

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Route includes a hazardous crossing of the A350...

Brian

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A route largely the same as Bramel one, but removing the hazardous crossing of the A350...

Brian

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An improvement on Cormel one, by removing illegal element, but replacing with potential blocked path by maize...

Brian

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Whilst the route is largely the same as Melcal one, it removes the illegal element through the Spye Park Estate...

Brian

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A slight amendment to Meldev two removing a couple of fields with stiles, replaced with more canal towpath...

Brian

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A longer alternative to other Meldev routes which have field paths with stiles, but one suitable for wheelchairs/ pushchairs...

Brian

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A route largely the same as Tromel one, but removing the dangerous crossing of the A350. There are still issues of footpath quality between Whaddon and Berryfields...

Brian

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Bath—Melksham

Brian added Batmel two, a new walk from Bath to Melksham

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Bradford-On-Avon—Melksham

Brian added Bramel two, a new walk from Bradford-On-Avon to Melksham

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Corsham—Melksham

Brian added Cormel two, a new walk from Corsham to Melksham

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The only area of concern is around Queenfield, where the path may disappear in the summer under crops, when the path is not reinstated...

Brian

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Melksham—Devizes

Brian added Meldev four, a new walk from Melksham to Devizes

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Melksham—Calne

Brian added Melcal two, a new walk from Melksham to Calne

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Whilst the route is generally quiet, and attractive, there are fields between Lacock and Melksham which may have crops ( often maize ) without the footpath being reinstated...

Brian

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I have slightly amended the Meldev two route to take out footpaths with stiles, and replaced with additional canal towpath...

Brian

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As comments on Meldev one, I have slightly amended the Meldev two route to take out field public footpaths with stiles, and replaced with additional canal towpath...

Brian

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Melksham—Devizes

Brian added Meldev three, a new walk from Melksham to Devizes

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There is a legal route alteration at ST 88712 61796 to ST 88860 61873 ( which has been well waymarked )...

Brian

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Trowbridge—Melksham

Brian added Tromel two, a new walk from Trowbridge to Melksham

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Melksham—Devizes

DaveYearsley added Meldev two, a new walk from Melksham to Devizes

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Melksham

MobyDuck surveyed Melksham

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Bradford-On-Avon—Melksham

Slow Ways added Bramel one, a new walk from Bradford-On-Avon to Melksham

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Melksham—Chippenham

Slow Ways added Melchi one, a new walk from Melksham to Chippenham

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Melksham—Devizes

Slow Ways added Meldev one, a new walk from Melksham to Devizes

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Trowbridge—Melksham

Slow Ways added Tromel one, a new walk from Trowbridge to Melksham

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Melksham, Wed 21 February

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Melksham’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

ST9045663638

Lat / Lon

51.37172° / -2.13849°

Easting / Northing

390,456E / 163,638N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Melksham's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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