Walking Section

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Regular countryside walks are organised, normally on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of each month. They are around 5 miles and conclude with a pub lunch. All Branch members, their partners and friends are welcome to join us.

Reports of previous walks can be found lower down this page.

FORTHCOMING WALKS

We are an informal, friendly group and always open to welcoming new members.  If you are considering joining us or would like further information, please contact any member of the walking group or use the CONTACT US page and we will put you in touch with the group. 

Dates have been produced for our 2019 walks below, as usual the dates may be subject to change as the year progresses.  You will note that the list has already been pre-populated with the names of all those who have volunteered to arrange walks for us so far!!  You will note that there are still one or two gaps remaining that need filling please?  If you are considering arranging a walk for us, please check available date slots with Colin or Phil so that we can reserve the date for you? 

And just to remind you, the Walking Group now owns three excellent walk books that were kindly donated to us by Pauline and John should you like to borrow them at any time.  The book titles are: 50 Walks in Wiltshire, Wiltshire Rambles and Short Walks from Wiltshire Pubs.

THE NEXT WALK  –  Wednesday 6th November 2019

Our next walk will be conducted by Kate Vanstone on 6 November, further details will be promulgated shortly.

FUTURE WALKS:

Wednesday 4th December 2019
Christmas Lunch
Organiser/s needed

PREVIOUS WALKS

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MARLBOROUGH WALK – Wednesday 16th October 2019

On Wednesday 16 October, ten members of the Walking Group enjoyed a very pleasant walk around Marlborough College grounds and Marlborough town itself.  The walk was just under four miles and was conducted by Denise and David Ward.

We met at Marlborough Golf Club on The Common at Marlborough at 10:15, setting off at 10:30.  Before leaving however we placed our lunch orders to give the Chef advance notice of our menu choices.  The menu was comprehensive and catered for all tastes.

We headed off over the common and down through the College meadow; on towards Manton, and then back around the outskirts of the town.  The terrain underfoot was good despite the heavy rain over the previous number of days, the walk being mostly on paths and tracks.  The end of the walk took us up hill as we make our way back up to the golf course but it was not too difficult or onerous.  

As we returned to the Club House for lunch, we were delighted to find Neil Wright and John and Jane Cox enjoying the views, bar and Club hospitality as they waited for us.

We then enjoyed a splendid lunch before each making our way home.

THREE DAY ‘OUT-OF-COUNTY” WALK IN DEVON – Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th September 2019

A group of eight of us began our three away days making our way on Monday to our first hotel independently to avoid convoy complications of travelling together.  We met in the car park of The Fountain Inn, Okehampton where we would be staying the night.  We completed a 4.5 mile walk on the first day, following the river Taw.

The second day walks included numerous picturesque locations on Dartmoor and we stayed the night at a hotel in Exeter.  The third day included a walk along Exeter’s riverbanks concluding at Exeter Cathedral.

The event was a resounding success enjoyed by all.

To view the full report, click HERE.

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FYFIELD DOWN WALK – Wednesday 21st August 2019

Phil and Eileen organised a beautiful walk for us on Wednesday 21 August on Fyfield Down, in between Beckhampton and Marlborough.  We were delighted that Mike Walker was able to join us for the walk even though he has been having some trouble with his knee.

It was a moderate walk of 4½ miles with no styles (walk 15 in the Wiltshire walk book).  The walk took in the Devil’s Den, fields of ancient Sarsen stones, the Herepath (Herepath is ancient east-west route across the Marlborough Downs and may have been one of the defensive routes established by King Alfred in the 9th century) and the Ridgeway.  We also passed the gallops although there were no racehorses in training at the time.

After the walk we drove a short distance to “the Outside Chance” pub in Manton for an excellent lunch.  Mike was not able to stay for lunch but we were joined by Dick and Jen Dickson, both of whom looked incredibly well despite Dick’s recent surgery. Our next walk will be the Out of County walk in Devon.
Colin

AVEBURY WALK – Wednesday 17th July 2019

Our walk on Wednesday, 17 July was conducted by Kate.  We met at the National Trust car park just outside Avebury and were taken on a four mile circular walk through Avebury and up to Windmill Hill.   The terrain was mostly flat with a gentle uphill section through fields; we also had a few stiles to negotiate, one of which presented some of us (well, all of us!) a slight challenge due to its height!  

The walk provided some lovely views of our beautiful Wiltshire countryside.  The weather was also kind to us, the sky was bright, the temperature comfortable (after our recent very hot days), little wind and it was dry – what more could be asked?

Following the walk we relocated to the Waggon & Horses at Beckhampton for an excellent lunch.  We were delighted that Neil, John and Jane also joined us for the meal.

We are grateful that Dave and Denise have stepped forward to conduct our October walk and Kate will do the November one.
Colin

DEVIZES WALK – Wednesday 19th June 2019
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