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 March

Steve has kindly volunteered to kick off this year’s programme with a delightful walk on the 11th March and is confident of good weather.  The walk is 4.5 miles and goes on a circular route from Aldbourne to Baydon and back.

We will probably meet at 10-15 for a 10-30 start at the Blue Boar in Aldbourne, but this will be confirmed with directions, nearer the time.  We plan to have lunch at the Blue Boar.  To access the menu, click HERE.

Please send your menu choices to Steve ASAP.

FUTURE WALKS

Wednesday 8th April 2020
Organiser/s needed.

Wednesday 13th May 2020
Organiser/s – Dave and Denise (provisional)

Wednesday 10th June 2020
Organiser/s – Phil and Eileen

Wednesday 8th July 2020
Organiser/s – Colin and Heather

Wednesday 12th August 2020
Organiser/s needed

Monday/Tuesday 14/15th September 2020
Annual out of county walk.
Organiser/s – Pauline and John (provisional)

We are hoping to go to Malvern for our out of county trip in September and see Pauline and John, which would be great, but we need an indication of numbers ASAP.  If you are are able to let Phil know one way or the other fairly soon that would be very helpful.

Wednesday 14th October 2020
Organiser/s – Colin and Heather

Wednesday 11th November 2020
Organiser/s needed

Wednesday 9th December 2020
Organiser/s needed

PREVIOUS WALKS

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CORSHAM WALK – Wednesday  11th December 2019

Roger again stepped forward to organise our annual Christmas walk and lunch  –  this year around Corsham.

We met at the Great Western PH in Corsham on Wednesday the 11th December.  There were twelve walkers and four more joined us later for lunch at the pub meaning that we had a total attendance of sixteen, an excellent figure.  Nine of our members were unable to join us for a variety of reason but all wished the group well in their absence.

We left the pub carpark at 11:30 and ambled through the grounds of Corsham Court and then around the edge of Corsham before looping back to take in the town centre.  Some of our members took the opportunity to pop into the local shops but we had plenty of time and still made it back to the pub for 12:30.  The walk was only about two miles in length and it was not cold although there was a short shower at one point.

Lunch was excellent with each person have pre-chosen their selection from either a two or three course Christmas menu or from the à la carte menu.

This was our last walk of the season, but we are all looking forward to March when our walks will start again.

COLIN

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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