The Ramsbury Raven

Kramsbury! Krampus Sighting in Ramsbury

You better not shout; you better not cry – local children warned to be very, VERY good after local Krampus sighting 3 December Is the Krampus Legend true? Reports are coming in that Krampuses have been spotted in the normally peaceful Wiltshire village of Ramsbury. These terrifying demonic beings originate in Alpine Europe and traditionally accompany kindly old Saint Nicholas …

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Spring Hill

Ramsbury Walk – Spring Hill a View to Remember Another great view over the Kennet Valley – indeed, perhaps the best view of all – is looking north from Spring Hill over to Ramsbury. Spring Hill is named for the springs of water which still (occasionally) flow out of the underlying chalk. From the Square, …

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Kennet Valley Walk

Ramsbury Walk – The High Road to the Kennet Valley On a sunny autumn afternoon, the views north across the Kennet from the scarp slopes to the south are spectacular. For a good vantage point, take Bridleway #48 from the Manor, out past Cutnights to where the track forks by the old bridge. Here, the …

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November Fest

Ramsbury Cricket Club – Novemberfest Ramsbury Cricket Club’s inaugural Novemberfest was a rollicking success.  Sources close to the bar reported: “We drank beer and sang songs.”  Amid much swaying to both the left and the right, the crowd was kept entertained with a musical tour of Europe and an introduction to the finer points of standing up, sitting …

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Sound Bottom Walk

Ramsbury Walks – School Drove / Sound Bottom (Ramsbury Bridleway #8A/Byway #35) Until well into the 18th century, Sound Bottom provided the main coaching route west from London – presumably a better bet than the marshy Kennet Valley to the south. Even today, it’s a Byway Open to All Traffic, with its fair share of …

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The Best Seven Bridges

Ramsbury Walks – Seven Bridges Walk (Ramsbury #30) and Littlecote House Seven Bridges – circular 45 min (2mi) Seven Bridges and onto Littlecote 1 hour (2.5mi) This pretty and well-used footpath connects King’s Ditch (R#18B) with the C6 Hungerford Road out of Ramsbury and forms part of several popular circuits of the village. Watch your step – …

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A Hike to Membury Fort

Ramsbury walks – Membury Fort Hike Starting near Balak Farm, head up the byway (R#37 Ballyack) beside the farmhouse. Past a barn turn right over a stile, and head downhill (footpath R#25A) keeping north first of the hedge and then of the plantation at the bottom of the valley.  There is a small hunting lodge …

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Take In Marridge Hill

Ramsbury Walks – Lipyatt / Marridge Hill (Ramsbury Footpaths #21 and #32) This path originally linked Ramsbury with the hamlet of Marridge Hill and perhaps also with Lambourn, over the downs. Just where Crowood Lane leaves Ramsbury, a signpost by a gate points north. This section is Lipyatt (or Lippiat) and takes a shortcut over …

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A Walk to Kings Ditch

Ramsbury Walks – “Kings Ditch” (Ramsbury Bridleways #18B & 48) It’s easy to speculate that these bridleways follow the route of a Roman track linking Cunetio (Mildenhall) with the villa at Littlecote. The Kennet Valley was also an important east-west corridor for the Saxons and, although by the Middle Ages the main road seems to …

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Kennet Bridges walk

Ramsbury Walks – The Delightful Kennet Bridges walk This pleasant route can be walked in either direction. There are pubs and parking at each end and plenty of bridges in between. From Axford, there are any number of possibilities to get going: Hopper’s Lane (R#45), Stone Lane, and Crooks Lane (R#9) each have their charms …

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