See article here from West Wilts Rambling Group about local footpath improvement and maintenance. Also a really useful link to the Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Explorer map

April Walk: Thursday 25th April – Horningsham & Longleat

Meet/Park: 10am outside the Bath Arms pub Horningsham BA12 7LY. From the Warminster bypass take the A362 towards Frome. At the first roundabout take the first left, past Center Parcs. Follow this road for about 2 miles until you reach a T-junction. Turn right here and drive past the church and through the village until you see the Bath Arms pub in front of you. There is ample parking along this stretch of road as well as the pub car park.

Distance: A 5-mile walk that explores the lanes and tracks of Horningsham…

Terrain: …followed by peaceful woodland and panoramic views from Heaven’s Gate over Longleat House. There are a couple of stiles and an ascent of about 500 feet/150m.

Lunch: at the Bath Arms pub Horningsham. Menus will be emailed when this is confirmed for those who want to eat afterwards; then you can let Isobel know your lunch orders.

Contact: Walk leader Isobel Geddes 01380 871008

RAMBLERS May Walk: Thursday 2nd May – Downside Abbey revisited

Meet/Park: 9.30am. Start point and parking is the Somerset Wagon pub at the end of Chilcompton village on the B3139 (approximately 22 miles / 40 minutes car ride from Keevil). Postcode BA3 4JW. Map OS142

Distance: approximately 4 miles in length, about 2½ hours walking time at a leisurely pace with stops en route to take in the scenery and a visit to Downside Abbey with coffee available if required. For lovers of the countryside this is definitely an easy going walk not to be missed.

Terrain: There are one or two short inclines with the remainder flat. If the weather is wet on previous days it will be muddy underfoot in certain areas.

It was 4 years ago that the walking group visited Downside Abbey at Stratton on the Fosse – unfortunately, on that day it was cloudy and misty. If conditions are better, then it will allow us to see some picturesque scenery and panoramic views across Somerset and Wiltshire that were not visible back in 2015.

The walk starts in the village of Chilcompton, one of the larger villages in this part of Somerset, and takes us to some idyllic parts of the village. We will pass close by Chilcompton tunnel on the old Somerset and Dorset railway, then on to Stratton on the Fosse where we have arranged a visit to Downside Abbey – the home of one of England’s premier public schools.

This is another unique opportunity to discover more of the area. A comfort and coffeebreak have been included at Downside Abbey.

Lunch: At the Somerset Wagon pub at approx. 12.30 p.m. A menu will be circulated on request.

Contact: Walk leaders are Rachel and Tony Howe (870661). Please contact them if you wish to join the walk or require more details.

BIMBLERS May Walk: Tuesday 21st May: Kennet & Avon canal, Seend

Meet/park: The inaugural Keevil Bimble will gather at the Barge in Seend Cleeve ready to leave at 10 a.m.

Distance/terrain: approx 2.5 miles steady, flat walking. The walk will take us along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal to the Bowerhill Residents Garden. From here we will walk up to the Bowerhill estate and visit the Pilot for a coffee. On the return leg we will do a short circuit through the estate to pick up the footpath back to the canal, returning along the towpath.

Lunch: at the Barge.

Contact: Geoff West 01380 870425 or if you would like to join us.

RAMBLERS June Walk: Wednesday 12th June – Freshford-Tellisford-Farleigh Hungerford

Meet/Park: 9.30am, probably at The Inn at Freshford

Distance/terrain: A lovely circular leg-stretcher through 7-8 miles of the beautiful countryside of the Frome Valley for the Ramblers that will take in woodland, field and riverside paths, some short hills, a mill or two, and a castle. Further details to come as soon as the reccy is complete (follow the Buzz so you know when it’s been updated).

Lunch: will be at The Inn at Freshford

Contact: Walk Leader Sarah Dow for details and to let her know if you are walking/will be stopping for lunch: | 01380 871729 | 07870 909757.

BIMBLERS June Walk: Wednesday 26th June: Holt-Great Chalfield

Meet/park: 10am in the carpark of the Glove Factory Studios, Holt

Distance/terrain: From GFS we will walk across the fields to Great Chalfield where we can visit the lovely little church and stop outside the house for coffee, so bring your flask along or there is a small café in the courtyard if you would rather (and have your membership card with you). Returning in a circular route, all in a steady walk of just under 3 miles over well used paths that are quite manageable, one or two undulations but nothing too daunting for an ardent Bimbler.

Lunch: in the Field Kitchen at Glove Factory Studios

Contact: Geoff West 01380 870425 or if you would like to join us.

BIMBLING NOTE: In May, June, July and August, we intend to add some shorter walks (bimbles) to the usual schedule. These walks will be aimed at those of us that find longer walks and uneven terrain a bit more challenging now, but would still like to get out in the fresh air for a bimble with friends. We’ll aim to keep them to no more than 3 miles, flat, on good tracks and paths, and without stiles. We will, as always, start and end at at a pub and will stop for a coffee break on the way, either in a cafe if available or bring a flask, ending up at the pub for lunch. There will be no rush, just steady bimbles to relax into and enjoy.

If you have any ideas about where you would like to go or what days you would like to walk, please let Geoff know, and remember this is open to everybody, not just regular walkers. Geoff West 01380 870425 e-mail (yes only one ‘f’)

Main Walks and Leaders 2019-20 season

  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes Thursday 25th April, Longleat
  • MAY – Rachel and Tony Howe, Thursday 2nd May – Downside Abbey
  • JUNE – Sarah Dow, Weds 12th June
  • JULY – Geoff West
  • AUGUST – Pete and Grace Gardner
  • SEPTEMBER – Bob Ayres
  • OCTOBER – Paul Lenaerts and John Tucker
  • NOVEMBER – Colin Dimbylow
  • DECEMBER – Pete and Grace Gardner
  • JANUARY 2019 – Sarah Dow
  • FEBRUARY – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH – Suzanne Wickham
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes

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History of the Walking Group

Thanks to Ray Ward who started the group almost 10 years ago, and to he and David Bodman who have organised so many walks over the years.

We continue to meet once a month for walks which are always followed by a fabulous pub lunch. Walks vary, usually between 4 – 7 miles, and we pace ourselves to suit the slowest walker, with time to enjoy the views. New members are always welcome!

Full details published in the Village Magazine and here on the village website. For more information contact Tony and Rachel Howe on 01380 870661 or email