Following on from the success of the 2016 event in which an estimated £1250 was raised; we are once again privileged to organise this years fundraising walk on behalf of the Gauzebrook Group.
The “Gauzebrook Gallivant 2017” is a 22½ mile (36km) circular walk, taking in the 8 villages and 9 churches in the Gauzebrook Parish; in addition, this year we are also including Willesley into our walk. The walk will be held on Saturday 20th May 2017, and will take around 11-hours to complete. We will be mainly using public footpaths and country lanes that will take us in a clockwise direction through the Parish starting from Stanton St Quintin, as we enjoy the stunning countryside and company of fellow walkers. This walk is open to all; however, if you would like to walk only certain stages of the route with the main group, this can also be achieved.
Starting early morning from St Giles Church in Stanton St Quintin (roadside parking in village), we will head through Stanton Wood on our journey to the impressively listed St Giles Church on the outskirts of Alderton; from here it is just a short walking section to St Mary with St Ethelbert Church at Luckington, a popular visitors attraction for fans and followers of Pride & Prejudice, and the first of our refreshment breaks. Our next stop will be at Holy Cross Church in Sherston, before heading north to Willesley; and although not strictly on our route following the Parish Churches, we have included the village as a result of links to Anne Brayne and the Gauzebrook Group. Leaving Willesley, we head in a southerly direction towards the idyllic woodland location of Easton Grey Parish Church, with its recently preserved Victorian interior. Leaving Easton Grey, we head across the fields, through glorious woodland to the parish of Foxley and the smallest church in England at Bremilham, before returning to Foxley Church for refreshment. This latter stage has been designated the “Children’s Walk” and is an ideal opportunity to encourage some of the younger members of the Parish to join in and walk with us from Foxley to Bremilham and return to Foxley – details in FAQ below. Leaving Foxley, we head the short distance across the fields to Norton Church; after a brief stop, we head further south to St Mary Magdalene Church at Hullavington. Our final leg is the return journey back to our starting point at St Giles Church in Stanton St Quintin, where we will be able to enjoy refreshments on the patio at the Stanton Manor Hotel.
The entire proceeds will go to the “Gauzebrook Churches Children’s Worker Fund”.
6.50am meet at Stanton St Quintin (St Giles Church) – depart. 7am – 2hrs 15mins walk time to Alderton – arrive. 9.15am (10 mins break) depart. 9.25am – 25mins walk time to Luckington – arrive. 9.50am (30 mins break) depart. 10.20am – 1hr walk time to Sherston – arrive. 11.20am (10 mins break) depart. 11.30am – 50mins walk time to Willesley – arrive. 12.20pm (10 mins break) depart. 12.30pm – 1hr walk time to Easton Grey – arrive. 1.30pm (15 min break) depart. 1.45pm – 1hr walk time to Foxley – arrive. 2.45pm – depart. 2.50pm – 25 mins walk time to Bremilham – arrive. 3.15pm (10 mins break) depart. 3.25pm – 25 mins walk time to Foxley – arrive. 3.50pm (20 mins break) depart. 4.10pm – 40 mins walk time to Norton – arrive. 4.50pm – depart. 4.50pm – 50 mins walk time to Hullavington – arrive. 5.40pm (10 mins break) depart. 5.50pm – 50 mins walk time to Stanton St Quintin – finishing at 6.40pm
Frequently asked questions….
When is it? Saturday 20th May 2017.
What time are we starting? 7am.
Where does it start? St Giles Church, Stanton St Quintin.
Is there parking? You can park on the roadside opposite the church in Stanton St Quintin.
How far is it? 22½ miles / 36 km.
How long will it take? taking into account rest stops, lunch etc approx. 12 hours.
Can children walk and join in? absolutely, this year we have set aside the section from Foxley Church to Englands smallest church at Bremilham and returning back to Foxley Church for refreshments. These two short sections are approximately 1 mile (1.5km), and will be predominantly across fields and country lane – there will be a short section on the road. It is estimated that this leg of the walk will take an hour. Children can only participate when accompanied by a responsible adult. The cost for the children’s walk will be £1.50 per child and £2 per adult. As with the main event, all children and adults will need to register.
What should I do to get myself ready for the walk? walking everyday is a great start; also, we run 6 Nordic Walking sessions as well as countryside walks each week so that will help you prepare. You should be fit enough to walk the distance you have signed up for. If you are unsure, please contact Steve. Also, pack your rucksack a few days in advance, and go for a walk with it – if its too heavy, look at what you have packed and streamline it down to save weight etc. Remember we will be able to get water along the route, so you don’t need gallons…just a litre will suffice!
Which direction are we going? this year we are again starting from St Giles Church in Stanton St Quintin, from here we head to Alderton, Luckington, Sherston, Willesley, Easton Grey, Foxley (with Bremilham), Norton, Hullavington and finally returning to Stanton St Quintin.
What do I need to bring with me? you will require a rucksack, that will contain: water, snacks, packed lunch, waterproof trousers and waterproof jacket, personal first aid kit (plasters, any medication etc), sun protection (sun glasses, sun hat, sun cream), please also bring cash – there will be refreshments at some churches, plus you may want to get a refreshment in Sherston on our way through.
Can I get water on the route? we will ensure that we can replenish water bottles on route; that said, its a good idea to carry at least 1 litre from the start.
What should I wear? this really depends upon the weather and personal preference. From someone who spends his working life leading groups in the outdoors on treks; I would take into account the fact that we will be going through fields and we may encounter biting insects (midges, mosquitoes, horse flies etc); hence, I will probably wear long trousers and a long sleeved thin shirt/t-shirt as well as my sun glasses and sun hat.
What footwear should I use, and what do you recommend? again this boils down to terrain and weather. On this walk, we will encounter muddy fields as well as tracks, tarmac roads and grassy fields; hence, I will be wearing my summer lightweight walking boots that afford me ankle support with a good grip underfoot and I know they are well worn in; and I advise others to take a similar approach.
Do I have to use Nordic Walking poles on the day? not at all; however, Nordic Walking poles will aid your walking and have proven health benefits, you are very welcome to walk without them or with ordinary trekking poles. If you would like to learn how to use Nordic Walking poles in advance (or after) of the walk, please contact Steve. Gemini Outdoor run Nordic Walking classes in Malmesbury and Hullavington each week; in addition to the “Introduction to Nordic Walking Course” which teaches you how to us ether poles to help your walking become efficient and effective.
Should I report any ailments, injuries or illnesses? it is really important that you inform the ‘Walk Leader’ of any of these in advance of the walk; also, if you are carrying any medication that you may or may not need during the walk you must notify the ‘Walk Leader’ of its location in your rucksack and what to do with it if you are unable to administer it yourself (e.g. inhalers, epi-pen etc).
Can we stop to rest? we will be planning in short rest stops at each church; however, if you need to stop and rest then we will do so.
Can I take my dog? of course, so long as all dogs are kept on a lead and under control at all times.
Who is leading the walk? Steve Ellis has organised the walk and will be leading it. Steve is an International Mountain Leader, and is the founder/owner of Gemini Outdoor who specialise in trekking, fitness and Nordic Walking in Malmesbury www.geminioutdoor.com.
How much will it cost me to join the walk? £25pp or £3 per leg (see below).
Can I just do a section of the walk, and how much will it cost? the walk is split up into ‘legs’ and we will stick to the times at which we will be arriving at and leaving each leg (see above). Each leg corresponds to a church, hence this is start place for each ‘leg’; the cost for each leg is £3. It is individuals responsibility to make their own way to the start of a ‘leg’ and to find their own way from completion of a ‘leg’. You will need to let Steve know that you are intending to undertake a particular leg.
Where does the entry fee go? All proceeds will go directly to the “Gauzebrook Churches Children’s Worker Fund“.
How do I enter? To book your Entry please visit the “My Donate” page below or contact us for more information:
- Entry donations Click Here to Donate and Join Us
- After you have made your entry donation via the “MY DONATE” button, please contact Steve, so we know you are joining us and on the day you will need to read and sign a ‘Health Questionnaire and Consent Form’
- Information – Steve Ellis – 07755267959 – firstname.lastname@example.org