NEWS April 2018

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: Tuesday 24th April, southern edges of the Marlborough Downs

Start: 10am
Distance: less than 4 miles approx
Meet/park: starting point is the village of Fyfield just off the A4 Beckhampton to Marlborough Road. Turning right at the sign “The Who’d A Thought it” pub we will almost immediately be able to park at the front of the cottages on the right hand side of the road.  The journey from Keevil is just over 22miles.
Contact: Walk leaders Myra Link 0138870326 Vic Manning 01380870162

Terrain  The walk is generally easy with one short climb towards the end, and takes us over the Southern edge of the Marlborough Downs which affords some excellent views over a sweeping open landscape.

Lunch will be at the Wagon and Horses at Beckhampton where we have been asked to pre-order, their web site is

Please let us have your food choice from the menu by Thursday 19th April.

If you require a lift please let one of the leaders know.

May Walk: Tuesday 15th May, Clanger Woods

Start: 9.30am
Distance: 6 miles
Meet/Park: the Longs Arms, Steeple Ashton, where we’ll be having lunch.
Contact: Walk Leader Sarah Dow: or 871729 – please advise if you’re coming, Sarah will circulate a lunch menu for pre-orders in due course.

Terrain: A circular ramble from Steeple Ashton out to Clanger Woods via East Town and returning via West Ashton and the Coffin Trail. The terrain is generally flat or only slight inclines, with a mixture of quiet lanes, tracks, bridleways, fields and lesser-footed-paths with the odd stile and gate. With luck we might still have bluebells and some lovely views over to the Westbury White Horse, and of course we’ll take in the Luffenham Field. We’ll have a short coffee stop before we leave Clanger Woods for the home stretch.

Walks and Leaders 2018-19 season
  • APRIL 2018 – Myra Link and Vic Manning 24th April
  • MAY – Sarah Dow Tuesday 15th May
  • JUNE – Isobel Geddes
  • JULY – Bob Ayres
  • AUGUST – Pete and Grace Gardner
  • SEPTEMBER – Rachel and Tony Howe
  • OCTOBER – Paul Lenaerts and John Tucker
  • NOVEMBER – Colin Dimbylow
  • DECEMBER – Bryan Banfield
  • JANUARY 2019 – Geoff West
  • FEBRUARY – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH – Suzanne Wickham
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes

Minutes of the Annual Planning meeting 8th February 2018: Walking Group Meeting notes of 8.2.18 and monthly list 2018-2019

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The Broad Drive in Grovely Woods, February 2018
March walk Box 2018

Enjoying a wet muddy walk around Box, March 2018. Photo Suzanne Wickham

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. For more information contact Tony and Rachel Howe on 01380 870661 or email