At long last we can announce that Frome Guided Walks can restart from the week beginning Monday 10 August.
We will only be running pre-arranged walks booked for specific groups. If you would like to book a walk please email us.
Because of the ongoing situation we have had to change the way we run the walks and it will take us a little while to get going, so please be patient with us. Not all of our guides are able to return to work so for now we can only run the walks described below. The Frome Society for Local Study have announced that they will be postponing their walks until next year.
Our priority will as always be the safety of our visitors so we will have to strictly limit numbers for each walk. We have also changed some routes so that we can maintain safe social distances between households at all times, as well as make sure that we do not inconvenience members of the public. Please be aware that we may have to cancel walks at short notice should the local situation change or new restrictions be imposed.
In most cases there will be a minimum number for bookings of four to six depending on the walk. As we get going we will hopefully find a way to put smaller groups together. In all cases there will be a maximum of 10 visitors from up to 5 households. We will discuss all the details with you when you contact us and once a walk is arranged we will send you a link to the ticket page for you to confirm, answer the health questions and pay. The ticket site will also record your details for the Contact and Trace system.
Prices for all walks are £6 + booking fee per adult, £3 + booking fee per child (under 18) with under-fives free. All of the walks (with the exception of Heart of Frome, see below) are aimed at older children and adults, we can discuss the possibility of adapting the walks for younger visitors when you book.
Unless otherwise stated all of the walks listed take between around 90 minutes and usually cover 1-2km.
All of the walks below take place on paved streets and there are some steps, though all walks can take a step-free route if necessary. Please be aware that Frome has some very steep streets. Please do discuss with us any additional needs so that we can advise you and make adjustments to the walks to accommodate you. Guides do not use any amplification and will not be wearing masks while giving their talks.
We have the following walks for you to choose from:
Heart of Frome
This walk around the centre of Frome will take in some of the town’s most well-known landmarks and gives an overview of its 1300 years of history. This is an extended version of the walk that we used to offer on Sunday afternoon. We can also offer a family version specifically targeted at groups with younger children.
Frome in the 17th Century
Starting outside St John’s Church, this walk will focus on the hundred-year period in the town’s history which brought great upheaval and change in many areas. From the English Civil War and Monmouth Rebellion to the Act of Uniformity and building of the Trinity area, discover the impact the 17th century had on Frome. Led by local historian and author David Lassman.
Frome at War
Frome at War discovers the contribution Frome and its people made during the two World Wars as well as stories about evacuees, Dunkirk survivors, American GIs and more. Follow in Field-Marshall Montgomery’s footsteps, locate war graves of many who gave their lives, as well as Frome’s very own VC holder, and discover both the story behind Frome’s Official War Memorial and the night the town was bombed by the German Luftwaffe. Led by local historian and author David Lassman.
Based on the books Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Frome and The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts, the walk begins at the appropriately named Justice Lane (outside Discover Frome Information Point) and reveals the darker side of this Somerset market town. Visit the sites of fatal crimes and infamous robberies, learn about policing from parish constables to the town’s own police force, and follow in the footsteps of various infamous local villains, such as the notorious Maggs-Sparrow gang and Frome Bob. Led by local historian and author David Lassman. 90 minute walk, starting from the Discover Frome Information Point.
Historic River Walk
A walk out of Frome beside the river, along the meadows to Spring Gardens, the confluence of Mells and Frome rivers, returning by Innox Hill, with commentary on the cloth industry, mills, farming, railway and more – some hidden gems. Under 3 miles; 1¾ hours. This walk is suitable for families with children. Two short sections involve rough ground; good shoes should be worn. Starts from the Library and is led by Phil Gryce.
St Aldhelm was a writer of riddles and a singer of songs as well as Abbot, Bishop and legendary founder of Frome. Follow in his footsteps on this walk that will show you the traces of our Saxon ancestors still visible in the modern town as well as tell you the tales of the Wessex kings that lived, fought and died here. Led by local historian and storyteller Lisa Kenwright.
A Sense of Place
Have you ever wondered why Bath Street is not on the Bath side of town, what is cheap about Cheap Street or why Gentle Street is not gentle? If so, this is the walk for you. This walk will explain the origins and folklore of the names of places, streets and pubs of Frome, taking in the development of the English language and the history of the town along the way. Led by local historian and storyteller Lisa Kenwright.
Boudicca on the Embankment, Alfred in Winchester, Justice on the Old Bailey; all of these statues and many, many more around the globe were made here in Frome at the J W Singer & Sons Art Metal Works. This walk will tell the story of John Webb Singer and show you the sites connected to his life and work as well as some of the metalwork created at his foundry in the heart of Frome. Led by Phil Gryce or Lisa Kenwright.
Thomas Bunn, the poor man’s friend
Bunn was a 19th century gentleman, diarist, philanthropist and town planner. The guided walk takes in his home, his vision and his chief works, interspersed with anecdotes and his sharp observations on Frome folk. It ascends Bath Street to Christchurch and returns via South Parade and Sheppards Barton. 1½ hours. This walk is intended for adults. Led by Phil Gryce and starts from the Library.
Email us for more information or to book a walk.
You can view the Guided Walks map below and you can also download the PDF here.