Walking Section

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Regular countryside walks are organised, normally on the 3rd or 4th 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

Please note the dates for 2018 are all the second Wednesday of the month except for December which is the first Wednesday so that we are not too close to Christmas.  We haven’t chosen the date or venue for the out of county trip, so there will be a slight alteration for that trip.

THE NEXT WALK  – 9th May 2018

Details to follow.

 

 

FUTURE WALKS:

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Wednesday 11th July 2018

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Wednesday 5th December 2018

 

PREVIOUS WALKS

Bishops Cannings Walk, Wednesday 14th March 2018
We got off to a great start for 2018 with 11 members enjoying a splendid walk and equally splendid lunch.

We met at The Crown Inn at Bishops Cannings near Devizes and began with a gentle walk to the Kennet and Avon Canal.  Having crossed the canal on a swing bridge, we followed the towpath for about a mile enjoying the tranquillity of the canal and a group of anglers engrossed in a fishing competition.  The next section involved a gentle climb onto the downs during which we had a great view of Salisbury Plain in the distance.  We had a brief refreshment break near the water tower on the crest of the downs where once again we had spectacular views of Lansdown Column on Cherhill Down, Wroughton Airfield, Hackpen Hill and Barbury Castle.

We then made our way down to the Wansdyke (Wansdyke (from Woden‘s Dyke) is a series of early medieval defensive linear earthworks in the West Country of England, consisting of a ditch and a running embankment from the ditch spoil, with the ditching facing north.  There are two main parts: an eastern dyke which runs between Savernake Forest and Morgan’s Hill in Wiltshire) travelling East for about half a mile, before descending to Easton Farm.  The route back was flat and uneventful apart from a particularly large and difficult horse that kept preventing us from passing through his gate!   Once past that obstacle we safely made our way back to the Crown Inn (although Colin did attract the attention of three Shetland ponies that galloped towards him as we crossed the last field).

Once back at the Crown the staff made us very welcome, the food was very good and we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch.  Our next walk is on the 11 April and further details will be announced nearer the time.