This was our first walk of the new year, our last walk being back in November 2017.
We parked our cars in the overspill car park at Wilton Shopping Village, and set out across the bridge to the main road, turning left through a gate into the recreational gardens, past the tennis courts and onto the main road. We crossed the busy A36 at the traffic lights and walked along the narrow pavement on King Street until just before the railway bridge we entered right into the field where the scout hut is situated. This is known as the Sheep Field as an annual sheep Fayre still takes place there each year. We walked across the field exiting into the road by the council houses that led to the Avenue. We crossed here and walked around the new housing development where a children’s recreational play area is being constructed. It has a rather ‘sterile’ feel at present that will no doubt improve over time when the recently planted shrubs mature.
We then made our way back over the A36 and walked along by the river at Minster Street, passing the Pembroke Arms before turning into Russell Terrace that led us to North Street. We turned right and walked past the Co-op, over the bridge, then turning left between the houses into the alley way that leads to the football pitch and Crown Meadows area. We walked around the left hand side of the pitch, where we found in the corner the stile leading through to the Meadows. We ignored the warning sign that said ‘bull in field’ as there obviously wasn’t one and picked our way along the very muddy and rain sodden path to the opposite stile. We crossed the wooden footbridge over the river passing through a small close of houses and on into West Street.
Turning left we walked towards the town centre, past the Community centre and turning left again about half way along into a lane that led us back to North Street. Taking another left turn and crossing to the opposite side we walked into Albany Terrace and back to the car park.
After days of rain and dull skies we were so lucky to have a fine, sunny, and not too cold afternoon for our walk. The route was approximately two miles in length and took us an hour at a leisurely pace.
If you would like to join in one of our monthly walks please contact Loraine 01722 743577.