Beating the Bounds
Aldbourne’s annual boundary walk was re-established in the early 1960s by Commander J. D. R. Davies, Dr. Trevor Tiplady and Anthony Brown.
Over the last thirty years, Donald Barnes, ably assisted by his wife Ann, has lead the walk. In 2013 the baton was passed to the present organisers, Paul Goodge and David Parmiter.
2014 marked the 50th anniversary of this revived village event, with an excellent turnout of 125 walkers setting off from the Green. Please see the message below from Paul:
“Tradition has it that we start from the Cross on the Green upon the eighth ring of the church bell on the morning of the May Day bank holiday, on the first Monday in May.
The route is available to view via the links below and is approximately 18 miles in length. At various points Dave ‘The Horn’ Parmiter will blow the ceremonial bugle to celebrate being at the most easterly, southerly etc point and Paul ‘The Wood’ Goodge will wield the BtB Walking Stick with what he considers to be aplomb.
We enjoy a well-earned packed lunch at around noon (beyond Woodsend) and return to the village green soon after 4:00pm… At this point we find that re-hydration is clearly necessary and obviously well justified. Ribbons are handed out to all that complete the walk with Honorable and Special Mentions being recognised for youngest and oldest walkers, amongst others.
There is also a commemoration book in the Blue Boar which walkers are welcome to sign and add their thoughts and observations!
This year we enjoyed the company of at least 125 people with ages ranging from 7 to 73. As ever one and all had a most enjoyable day, meeting old friends and making new.
Always remember, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on next year’s May bank holiday morning.”
Please note that permission is obtained from local landowners to traverse the sections of the route which do not lie on rights of way. This permission applies to the day of the boundary walk only. For similar reasons dogs are not allowed on the walk.
As mentioned, part of the walk’s appeal is that it is open to all ages. In keeping with past tradition – although in a much more light-hearted and gentle manner than some descriptions from old Parish Records – the youngest boy and girl in the party are “bumped” on the stone marking the boundary between Aldbourne and Liddington.
Towards the end of the walk the route runs alongside the brook that runs south-east out of the village. If the weather’s favourable many of the younger walkers choose this moment to take the cooler route (see pic below). It’s not always so balmy however, so please remember the advice about appropriate clothing and footwear!
A potted history of Aldbourne’s boundary walk, together with an account by Cdr. Davies, are available for download via the links below. For photographs of previous walks please visit the Aldbourne Village Gallery.
If you need further information about the event, please do get in touch with Paul or David; their contact details are shown below.
- Depart from the Green at 8:00am prompt
- Lunch taken at 12:20pm near Woodsend
- Arrival back at the Green from approximately 4:00pm onwards
Paul Goodge (Organiser)
Telephone: 01672 541750
David Parmiter (Organiser)
Telephone: 01672 540949