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.
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.
Proposed dates for the remaining 2022 walks are as follows:
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Wednesday 13th August 2022
Tuesday 11th October 2022
Friday 4th November 2022
Wednesday 7th December 2022 (Christmas lunch)
These are currently only proposed dates and Louise is seeking a volunteer to run each one.
WALKING GROUP – 10th ANNIVERSARY
The Walking Group celebrated its 10th anniversary in October of 2020. Phil and Neil, the two founding members of the group, didn’t want the occasion to pass unmarked and so put out feelers to the membership to see what might be done.
Colin came up with the idea of holding a ‘Virtual Coffee Morning‘ via Zoom. This was readily accepted and he was subsequently asked to set it up and to host it. 13 members logged in to the session; those unable to attend having previously sent their regrets but added their best wishes to all.
Phil, as organiser of the group, welcomed everyone to the meeting. He went on to say how great it was to see and converse with all those present even if we couldn’t meet in person. Phil thanked the group for their valued support over the last ten years and also gave a big thank you to Colin for organising and hosting the meeting. There was also a special thank you to Neil for having the inspirational idea of forming a retired members walking group in the first place, getting it off the ground and suggesting a 10th anniversary celebration. Membership has now grown to 22 walking members together with three non-walking members who join us for lunch when they can.
Neil then followed by reflecting on the ten years of walks. He remembered the Out of County walks and the fun and fellowship we enjoy within the group. Neil also emphasised the value of teamwork with every member having contributed to the Walking Groups success over the past ten years. To assist in bringing back some of our times together, one photograph from each year of the walks has been selected below.
Each member of the group was then invited in turn to say a few words on how they were keeping health wise and how they were coping during this most peculiar time. Further background was then provided on how we were keeping active, projects we were undertaking, any breaks we were able to take and anything else of general interest.
All enjoyed the meeting and, with its success, all agreed that a Christmas meeting should be arranged (details will be circulated within the group in due course).
We look forward to the Christmas Zoom meeting and, more distantly, to the time when we can again meet in person and enjoy our communal walks.
As always, we are open to new members. If you would like to join us and help make our next 10 years as enjoyable and successful as the first, please contact Phil or any member of the group, you would be more than welcome.
2010 – Kennet & Avon Canal
2011 – Kennet & Avon Canal
2012 – Box
2013 – Eddington
2014 – Wales
2015 – Bradford on Avon
2016 – Longleat
2017 – Christmas
2018 – Bath
2019 – Sticklepath, Devon
2020 – Aldbourne