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Beating the Bounds in The Octagon Parish – 11th May 2024

By April 3, 2024No Comments

Beating the bounds is an ancient custom still observed in parts of England and Wales which traditionally involved swatting local landmarks with branches to maintain a shared mental map of parish boundaries, usually every seven years.

Walking the boundary of the Octagon Parish is quite a hike (18.5 miles!), so we will be taking a shorter route and enjoying the availability of good refreshments as we go!
– start at the Hare and Hounds in Stoughton at 11am.
– a stop at St Michael’s Up Marden for a packed lunch – please remember to bring your own! (2.25 miles)
– a brief break for tea at Compton, location yet to be confirmed, but either at Compton Shop, the Parish Room or the Vicarage (3.6 miles)
– a replenishing drink at The Victoria Inn at West Marden (5 miles)
– a further replenishing drink at The Barley Mow in Walderton (7.7 miles)
– finishing up with a much-deserved final refreshing drink at The Hare and Hounds in Stoughton – finish time expected to be around (9.2 miles)

Link to OS Map Route

Dogs are welcome, but please be aware that this is a long hike and may be too far for many. As lambs and sheep are plentiful at this time of the year, dogs will have to be kept on a lead for most of the route.

If you can’t make it this time, never fear we plan to explore the remaining parish boundaries later in the year.


Author: Rachel

The Octagon Parish administrator