The Sunday walks, entitled Heart of Frome, will run every week at 2.30pm on Sundays not already served by the very popular historical walks run by Frome Society for Local Studies. There is a suggested donation of £3.
The Heart of Frome is a short walk around the centre of town. It will take in some of Frome’s most well-known landmarks. The route starts at the Discover Frome Information Point and ends at St John’s Church, with plenty of facts about Frome’s unique, entertaining and interesting history along the way.
Wednesday walks start at 6pm and are £5 each, payable to the guide. See below for more details about these walks.
Our guides can be identified by their Guided walks badges, yellow
hi-vis and their Frome water bottles.
Please note – for safety reasons the Guided Walks Frome will only take place if there are at least two people booked on.
Guided Walks in Frome Schedule:
|Sun 26th||Heart of Frome||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 29th||Pubs of Frome – book||6pm||Blue House, Market Place|
|Sun 2nd||Heart of Frome – book||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 5th||Famous Frome – book||6pm||Jenson Button Bridge|
|Sun 9th||Local Studies||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 12th||17th Century Frome – book||6pm||St John’s Church|
|Sun 16th||Heart of Frome||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 19th||A Sense of Place||6pm||TBC|
|Sun 23rd||Heart of Frome||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 26th||Frome at War||6pm||Frome Railway Station|
|Sun 30th||Heart of Frome – book||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 3rd||Heritage Trees of Frome||6pm||Cheese & Grain|
|Sun 7th||Local Studies||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 10th||Dyed in the Wool||6pm||TBC|
|Sun 14th||Heart of Frome – book||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 17th||Pubs of Frome||6pm||Blue House, Market Place|
|Sun 21st||Local Studies||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 24th||Saxon Frome||6pm||TBC|
|Sun 28th||Heart of Frome – book||2.30pm||Discover Frome Information Point|
|Wed 31st||A Sense of Place||6pm||TBC|
|Sun 18th||Heritage Trees of Frome||2.30pm||Cheese & Grain|
|Sun 29th||Heritage Trees of Frome||2.30pm||Cheese & Grain|
Wednesday Walk Themes
Frome at War
Starting at Frome Railway station, 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.
Crime and Punishment
Starting at the appropriately named Justice Lane, this walk reveals the life and crimes of this Somerset market town during the nineteenth century. Discover the sites of fatal crimes, the old magistrate’s court, a pitched battle between Frome’s population and Salvation Army, rioting, the guardhouse & blind house, and original Police Station. Learn about policing from parish constables to the town’s own police force, as well as various infamous villains, such as the notorious Maggs-Sparrow gang and Frome Bob.
Pubs of Frome
Starting at the Blue House, Market Place, this walk will take in a dozen pubs and inns – both past and present – giving the histories of each and putting them in the social context of their time. Learn about the town’s very own breweries, bankrupt landlords, an historic pub-crawl, rioting and the many various nefarious activities which took place behind some of the walls of these local hostelries.
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, including religion, monarchy and trade. 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, including it becoming one of the wealthiest and major non-conformist centres within the south-west.
Regularly topping national polls as one of the coolest towns on the planet and best places to live, celebrity A-listers are often spotted on its streets and global rock-stars play its venues. But Frome has always had an association with the rich and famous, the cool and chic, as well as artisans and sports people. From the birth of a sporting legend (no, not Jensen Button, but he is included) to the locations of prime-time television series, taking in well-known poets, writers, actors and musicians on the way. Starts at Jenson Button Bridge.
A Sense of Place
The history and folklore behind some of the place names of Frome taking in some of the development of the English language and the history of the town along the way. If you’ve ever wondered why Bath Street is not on the Bath side of town, or what is cheap about Cheap Street, this is the walk for you. Taking in the older parts of Frome this walk discovers the origins of local place names, streets and pubs and some of the folklore linked to places in the town.
Frome is believed to have begun on the banks of the river that gave the town its name with the arrival of a monk from Malmesbury named Aldhelm in 690AD. During the following two centuries it became an important town in Saxon Wessex, with a royal palace and a role in the unification of the English kingdom. Barely anything of these Saxon origins can now be seen, though perhaps some remains still wait to be found again, hidden under the layers of the centuries since. This walk takes in what we know of Saxon Frome from its founding to the coming of the Normans.
Dyed in the Wool
A walk around Frome with a focus on the cloth industry in the town. It takes in some of the places and buildings linked to the weavers, spinners and dyers whose skills were largely responsible for the wealth of Frome in the 17th and 18th centuries. Along the way we will also touch on the importance of the trade to the country as a whole and some of the language and folklore associated with it.
Frome Heritage Tree Walk
Join local author and ancient tree specialist Julian Hight on a walk to see some of Frome’s most majestic trees, and hear about their history and lore. Starting at the Cheese and Grain, the easy walk will include Millennium Green, Rodden Meadow and the town centre, and take between an hour and an hour and a half.
You can view the Guided Walks map below and you can also download the PDF here.