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

Tuesday 25th February – Berwick St James ramble

Meet/park: 10am in the carpark of The Boot Inn, Berwick St James.

Distance/terrain: 4-5 miles, no stiles. A circular walk from Berwick St James to Stapleford, up onto the Salisbury Plain and back down to Berwick St James. Easy walking and good views.

Lunch: at The Boot Inn, Berwick St James – menu choices: The Boot Inn Lunchtime menu

Contact: Walk leader Barbara Lewendon Please let Barbara know your menu choice by Thursday 20 February

Tuesday 24th March – Mells & Great Elm ramble

Meet/park: at the Talbot Inn in Mells, ready to walk at 10am. Postcode for the pub is BA11 3PN, there is plenty of parking on or off the road just past it, allow 35-40 mins for the journey.

Distance/terrain: 5 miles, mixture of valley woodland and streams, fields, a couple of stiles, one short hill. A bit of roadwork past the Whatley Quarry, a gently incline in places on this stretch. Weather depending, expect some mud – especially around gates and in the valley – but going is mostly good.

Starting at the Talbot Inn in the charming village of Mells, this is a lovely circular ramble alongside the stream and old ironworks ruins in the Wadbury Valley (at the time of writing the snowdrops are so pretty!) out to Great Elm, crossing the Mells Stream and returning on the upper side of the valley on the East Mendip Way and back through Little Green.

For those who wish to explore Mells further, there is the delightful 15th century St Andrew’s Church, an old village lockup, and next to the 14th century tythe barn (now the village hall) a walled garden with cafe and nursery.

Lunch is in The Sitting Room at the Talbot at 1pm. We can choose on the day so no need to pre-order, but PLEASE let walk leader Sarah Dow know if you’re coming so she can confirm numbers with the pub and organise car shares – ideally by Sunday 22nd March

Contact: Walk leader Sarah Dow 01380 871729, 07870 909757 or

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It was agreed that the system of the walk leaders organising the walk, pub/meal choices and publicity in the village magazine and website was working well. The additional summer bimbles (walks of less mileage, firm underfoot and no stiles) had also proved popular, and would be led by Sarah Dow, Geoff West, Myra Link and Janet White this year.


BIMBLING NOTE: Last year we added some shorter summer walks to the usual schedule, and we will continue this in 2020. These walks are aimed at those of us that find longer rambles and uneven terrain a bit more challenging now, but would still like to get out in the fresh air for a bimble with friends. They are no more than 3 miles, flat, on good tracks and paths, and without stiles. As always, we 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’s no rush, just steady bimbles to relax into and enjoy.

If you have any ideas about where you would like to go, please let us know, and remember this is open to everybody, not just regular walkers. Geoff West 01380 870425 e-mail, or Sarah Dow 01380 871729


RAMBLES, BIMBLES and walk leaders 2020-21 season

  • MARCH – Sarah Dow
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes
  • MAY – Ramble: Rachel and Tony Howe
  • MAY – Bimble: Geoff West – Harnham round, w/c 25th May
  • JUNE – Ramble: Sarah Dow
  • JUNE Bimble: Myra Link, w/c 22nd June
  • JULY Ramble – Bob Ayres
  • JULY Bimble – Janet White, w/c 27th July
  • AUGUST – Pete Gardner
  • SEPTEMBER Ramble – John Tucker
  • SEPTEMBER Bimble – Sarah Dow, w/c 28th September
  • OCTOBER – Colin Dimbylow
  • NOVEMBER – Geoff West
  • DECEMBER – Kathy Kinsey
  • JANUARY 2021 – Paul Lenaerts
  • FEBRUARY – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH – Geoff West
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes

w/c 25th May, w/c 22nd June, w/c 27th July, w/c 28th September

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