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.
Information on future walks can be found at the bottom of this page.
Devizes Walk, Wednesday 8th November 2017
We are very grateful to Louise for organising a great walk which the group thoroughly enjoyed. The weather could not have been better with bright sunshine and very mild for the time of year.
We met at The Fox and Hounds in Nursteed Village and set off at 10-30. The walk was approx 5 miles and took us along the outskirts of Devizes and around the bridleways past Potterne Woods and Green Lane.
We overlooked the Sleight valley and passed through the picturesque village of Stert overlooking the Stert valley and had time to visit the beautiful village church.
The weather was great, the scenery was beautiful and the company was excellent and to finish off we were joined by John and Jane, Kate and Graham for a splendid meal in the Fox and hounds.
Edington Walk, Wednesday 11th October 2017
The magnificent seven met at the beautiful Edington Priory prior to the walk.
Despite the time of year the weather was quite good, staying dry apart from a slight shower at the start. We left the priory and headed along the B3098 towards Westbury and after a few hundred yards, turned left into Sandy Lane. After a short steep climb we were on the edge of Salisbury Plain, with magnificent views over Westbury Trowbridge and Roundway Hill.
We followed the Imber Range Path for a few miles along the northern edge of the plain and then dropped back down towards the Westbury road passing through Baynton Hillside Wood and into Coulston Deer Park, keeping well away from the large stag and his hinds and then back to Edington Priory.
We were delighted to be joined for lunch by Dave and Isobel and had an excellent lunch at Edington Farm Shop, with splendid food from the deli and a choice of real ales from the micro brewery.
Our next walk is on the 8th November and a big thanks to Louise for offering to organise this one, time and place to be confirmed.
Annual Out of County Walk, Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th September 2017
This year’s out of county walk took place on the beautiful Isle of Wight and was once again expertly arranged by Julie and Steve Benson.
13 members of the group made the trip which began with a ferry trip with Red Funnel Ferries from Southampton to Cowes. 11 of us travelled on Monday the 11th September in three cars and met up with Jen and Dick who had arrived the day before.
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Castle Combe Walk, Wednesday 16th August 2017
The beautiful village of Castle Combe was the starting point for our August 2017 walk and 13 members of the group enjoyed a great day with magnificent summer weather and fantastic scenery. This 5.5 miles circular walk passed by the magnificent Manor House, the beautiful By Brook (where Dr Doolittle was filmed), wooded river valleys, Castle Combe Golf Course and finished with a splendid lunch at the cosy White Heart Pub in the centre of the village.
Denise joined us for lunch as you can see in the fine photos provided by our resident photographic expert Colin. Our September walk is the annual out of county walk, this year to the Isle of Wight, details have been sent to all those attending.
South Cerney/Cotswolds Water Park Walk, Wednesday 12th July 2017
Thirteen of us met on Wednesday 12 July at the Gateway Centre Café at the Cotswold Water Park for coffee before setting off on our walk. Colin and Heather then led us on a delightful walk around the lakes and park area.
The walk passed in front of the hotel before taking a series of tracks and roads to the disused Swindon to Cirencester railway track. We followed the track for a mile or so before taking off across country to the edge of the Nature Reserve. Turning back towards the general direction from which we came, we walked along the Canal tow path. The terrain was largely level and even with just the one stile to negotiate and some kissing gates and farm gates. The weather was kind to us although it had rained hard the previous day leaving puddles (not lakes as Colin tried to convince us) to negotiate. In total the walk was just a little over five miles.
Colin and Heather even went to the trouble (and expense!) of organising a mini air show for us including low level fighter jets and a fly past of the Red Arrows!!
After the walk we relocated about 2 miles to the Eliot Arms in South Cerney for lunch. This was a really nice pub and the food, host and staff were all excellent. Unfortunately Phil and Eileen were unable to join us for lunch as they had another pressing event to attend but we were delighted to see that John and Jane Cox were able to join us.
Clatford Walk, Wednesday 17th May 2017
A big thanks to Dave and Denise for organising our May walk. Seven hardy souls gathered in West Woods on a very wet Wednesday morning to do our May walk. We met at the car park on the Clatford Road, and got suited and booted with as much wet weather gear, including umbrellas, as we could muster, before setting off in search of bluebells. We were not disappointed.
Although it rained more or less throughout the walk our spirits were not dampened too much. Colin did remind us at intervals that he was getting wetter than the rest of us. Mainly due to the fact that the umbrella he had chosen to use had a leak. The walk lasted just over two hours and covered a distance of approximately four miles. Everyone said they had enjoyed the walk and was glad that we had not cancelled it.
We returned to the cars and divested ourselves of the wet gear, before driving to the Waggon and Horses pub at Beckhampton for lunch. Where Kate who has recently had surgery on her knee joined us with her husband Graham. A pleasant lunch was had by all.
As an aside, we need to have a word with Steve about his theory that it never rains on Wednesday.
Salisbury Plain & The Lavingtons Walk, Wednesday 19th April 2017
A big thank you to Pauline and John for organising and leading our April walk, thirteen members set off from The Green Dragon pub in Market Lavington on a glorious sunny day. After a steep climb up White Street we made our way onto the Salisbury Plain with clear views in all directions. Crossing the A360 at Gore Cross we passed close to the infamous Robbers’ Stone which told the tale of brave farmer Dean who was apprehended by four robbers. One of which he pursued for 3 hours before the robber dropped dead. The other three were captured and deported to Australia for 15 years.
We stopped in the Warren by the side of a stream for a photo before making our way through the outskirts of West Lavington and across fields back to our starting point. The walk was just over 5 miles and took about 2.5 hours. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant meal in the pub.
The Cherhill Walk, Wednesday 22nd March 2017
We kicked off our 2017 walking season with a great walk organised by Kate and we are very grateful for her effort and enthusiasm which helped enormously.
Despite the gloomy weather forecast eight members of the group met at the Black Horse pub in Cherhill and made our way up onto the Cherhill downs. It was a scenic route weaving in and around the Cherhill Downs and the village. The walk takes in Cherhill monument and offers excellent views. It’s fairly level with gradual hills and some road walking.
After the initial climb which was muddy in places we reached the monument which gave us spectacular views over Cherhill, Calne, Wroughton and of course the famous white horse which has been carved into the side of the chalk hill. The weather was remarkably good with dry conditions and the sun breaking out as we walked. It was a 4 mile circular walk and just right for our first walk of the season.
We made our way through the Oldbury Castle site which is an Iron Age fort and then back down to Cherhill for an excellent meal at the Black Horse which we can highly recommend for the quality of food, warm reception from staff and value for money.
Our next walk is on the 19th April and we are grateful to Pauline and John for organising it, more details to follow.
THE NEXT WALK – Wednesday 6th December 2017
Our next walk on the 6th December is in and around Devizes followed by lunch at the Raven in Poulshot and we are very grateful to Neil for organising this walk which will be our Christmas outing.
Details to follow.
2018 programme to follow.