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. 

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 11th December 2019

The Walking Group will be holding its Christmas Walk (well…. amble around the town really!) on Wednesday the 11th December.  We will be meeting at the car park of the Great Western PH, Pound Pill, Corsham (SN13 9JA) at 11.00 am for a 11.15 am start.

This will be a short ‘leg stretching’ walk of about just over 2 miles on a paved route around the town of Corsham, before returning to the pub for lunch which is booked for around 12.30 pm.

We would be pleased to see as many of our regular walkers as possible but newcomers are also very welcome  –  please feel free to join us if you would like to take part in this short walk and/or to join us for lunch.  Lunches need to be pre-ordered and a non returnable deposit of £5.00 is required (but this will be deducted from the cost of your order).  Menu choices should be made by Wednesday 4th December so time really is critical  –  I am sure the landlord could accept one or two late orders but this should be avoided of possible please.

Please contact Colin Hill  (01249 655688) Roger Tombs (rftombs@btinternet.com) with your order if you would like to join us or to simply find out more about us.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

FUTURE WALKS:

We will reconvene our walks again in March of next year.  We are always pleased to welcome new members so if you think you would enjoy our monthly walks, please contact Phil Appleby or Colin Hill or simply leave a message on the CONTACT US page of this website and we can provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.

PREVIOUS WALKS

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BREMHILL WALK – Wednesday 6th November 2019

Six of us met at the Dumb Post public house in Bremhill (just off the A4 out of Calne on the Chippenham road) on Wednesday 6 November.  The pub itself was closed until mid-November but we found no problem in parking close by.  Kate led the 4¼ mile walk taking us through Bremhill village before crossing a number of fields, a quiet lane and then on to Maud’s Causeway and her monument.  We stopped here for a short break, enjoyed some serious views and took the opportunity to record the event with a photograph.  We then walked through a further two or three fields, another quiet lane, through some woods before making a short steep climb back to the where the cars were parked.

The weather was somewhat overcast but still bright and dry except towards the very end when it began to rain.  The ground was somewhat sodden however due to the large amount of rain we had through October and in the days preceding the walk.  This led to some muddy areas in places but nothing that caused us too much difficulty.

We then drove a short distance to the Lansdowne Arms at Derry Hill where we delighted to find John and Jane Cox who joined us for lunch.

This was effectively our last walk of the season other than our Christmas meet-up on 11 December at Corsham.

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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