Thursday River Avon and Goat Gully Walk, and Drinks in the Port of Call
The Bath & Bristol Everything Meetup Group
10:45am - 2pm
Today's route will head to the River Trym, follow the River Avon upstream, and end with a steep climb up the Goat Gully. Most of the walk will be at a brisk pace, but walkers can go at their own pace up the Goat Gully.
Meet outside Cafe Retreat 10.45 am onwards, for a prompt 11.00 am start. Jeff, and Roy, will be wearing yellow hi-vis tabards.
Some uneven tracks, and some uphill paths. Walking boots advisable, for grip, and for ankle support.
Dogs are welcome on the walk. Please can dog owners be mindful that they may need to keep their dog on a lead, if it's causing any problems for other dogs, or walkers.
The walk finishes near the cafe around 12.45 pm. For those wanting a drink, and/or lunch afterwards, there will be an optional 10 minute stroll to the Port of Call.
Today's walk is free, and is a joint event with the Downs Walking Group, (a Ramblers Walking for Health group). If you've not already joined the Downs Walking Group, please fill in a very short Walker Registration Form at the start of the walk. On the form, you are asked to tick a box 'to confirm you understand you take part at your own risk, and will seek medical advice if appropriate'. No payment is required.
Five hours free parking, (9.00 am - 5.00 pm), in the spaces marked with broken white lines in Stoke Road, and adjoining roads. Spaces nearest the cafe are often taken by 11.00 am, so please allow time to park further away, (e.g. on Ladies Mile, or in Saville Road), and then to walk over to the cafe.
Advice from NHS Choices website on avoiding tick bites:
"Ticks are small spider-like creatures that are mainly found in woodland and heath areas. They attach to your skin, suck your blood and can cause Lyme disease in some cases. You can reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick if you:
Keep to footpaths and avoid long grass when out walking.
Wear appropriate clothing in tick-infested areas (a long sleeved shirt and trousers tucked into your socks).
Wear light-coloured fabrics that may help you spot a tick on your clothes.
Use insect repellent on exposed skin.
Inspect your skin for ticks, particularly at the end of the day, including your head, neck and skin folds (armpits, groin, and waistband).
Check your children's head and neck areas, including their scalp making sure ticks are not brought home on your clothes.
Check your pets to help ensure they don't bring ticks into your home in their fur.
It's important to remove any ticks you find as soon as possible."
BBE Meetup Disclaimer
This event is run by a volunteer, amateur, unqualified event organiser. We consider BBE to be a group of supportive friends. It is run on a best-effort, not for profit basis. Please assist the organiser by keeping together and not leaving the group without telling anyone. Please take care crossing roads, look out for cars on narrow roads etc. You join this event on the basis that you are responsible for your own health and safety.