Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.


Corsham's Walking Festival will take place this year, 2018, over the weekend of 8th-10th June. See the Festival's 'blurb' in the article below.



Corsham Walking Festival, 8 – 10 June, returns for its fifth year and is already a firm fixture for all who love the great outdoors. Corsham is a medieval market town that sits on the fringe of the Cotswolds AONB and at the heart of the beautiful rolling North Wiltshire countryside on paths dating back to Roman times.


There are 27 walks planned over the three days of the Festival, many of them themed and with talks given by experts. Walks will include: Historic Corsham, Railways, Tramways and Wildflowers. Longer circular walks will include visits to Castle Combe, Colerne and Little Solsbury Hill with opportunities to view countless hidden valleys, woods and panoramas.


This year's free programme includes a Children’s Treasure Hunt, Peacock Walk, Sustainability Walk, Nordic Walking Taster and a Mindfulness Walk.


Many walks start from Corsham, others from local villages. All are carefully planned to offer insights into Corsham and the local area, landscape and history of our beautiful countryside.


The Saturday evening entertainment is looking to be another winner with a quiz to tease the mind and to compete for the ‘Golden Boots’ and many other great prizes.


Further details are now published on the Festival website at www.corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk.

25th April 2017 - Corsham Walking Festival update ... "The 4th Walking festival is well underway, and so far going well! Four walks sold out: Corsham Quarry Tramways, Hartham Unwrapped, God’s Wonderful Railway and Castle Combe Babbling Brooks, but still plenty of choices left".

Corsham Walking Festival - 9th-11th June 2017


The festival opens with three Friday walks: Canals, Lacock and the Ladbrook; Hartham Unwrapped and Weavern and Corsham Quarry Tramways. Details of all festival the walks may be found here:

Some four-legged friends accompanied us on this section of the Lacock walk in 2015

Further information about festival, and other, walks may be found on the Corsham Walking Festival website here:

Returning to Corsham from the 2015 Ladbrook and Lacock walk

Corsham Walking Festival: 17th-19th June 2016


This year's festival includes 17 walks of various lengths, from 1.5 miles through to 15 miles, over the midsummer weekend.


A feature of the event will again be a quiz and buffet supper at Corsham Community Campus on Saturday evening, 18th June, from 19:00 to 23:00 (a long quiz!).


I quite fancy the 15-mile round trip to Castle Combe along the By Brook Valley as long as my Achilles will take the strain. There is even a walk for singers with a minstrel and guitar accompaniment (SUN6). And I guess that no event these days would be complete without mention of the fashionable 'mindfulness' (walk SAT3) - as Jim Royle and mother-in-law would have said "mindfulness my ****". Perhaps a theraputic laughing walk next year?


Booking arrangements, details of the walks and other information may be found in the Festival brochure shown in the file 'link' below.

Corsham Walking Festival - 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.2 MB]
The return journey - heading towards New Farm

13th June 2015 - Corsham Walking Festival

Fields, Mills and History - Corsham to Lacock


An intrepid bunch set off with Tom and Margaret heading for the Red Lion at Lacock ... I mean on a walk tracing the course of the Ladbrook and taking in its mills: Byde Mill, Pinnell's Mill and Arnold's Mill. Twas a typical June day - miserable, cold and wet becoming warmer and humid in the afternoon (wasn't it much the same last year?). 


Being an antisocial git, this was the first group walk I have ever done but in some respects, the 'social' side of the walk was better than the walk itself (wet weather, wet socks, loads of stiles - someone said 42 - I find that hard to believe but it can't have been far short). Prize for the find of the walk went to John with his two bottles of Henry's IPA.


The hour-long guided tour of Lacock by a member of the Lacock History Group was very well done, enlightening etc ... and in the Red Lion ... a pint of Horizon and a bowl of chips.

12-14th June 2015 - Corsham Walking Festival


There will be twenty-two walks over three days starting with a walk "In and around the historic town of Corsham" of Friday 12th June. Post-walk sustenance may be had at the "Friday evening supper and entertainment" event at Corsham Almshouses and at the "Saturday evening supper and quiz" at Pound Arts Centre.


There is a complete range of walks in this festival from a 400-metre "Tot's Toddle" to a 15-mile "Rivers, Combes and Far away". For full information, go to the Corsham For Walking website through the 'button' below.


If you want to get out and about before 12th June you could do worse than visit Monks Wood (rather difficult terrain though) in the first couple of weeks in May when the wild garlic will be in bloom (see picture at left and the 'Localities', 'Weavern & the By Brook'  page of this website).

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