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!


June Walk: Wednesday 13th June, Whitesheet Hill – Stourton

Start: 9.30am
Distance: Around 5 miles
Meet/Park: in the car park at the end of the tarmac on Whitesheet Lane ST 797 349. (about 23 miles from Keevil). Directions: from the B3092 turn off eastward beside the Red Lion pub (Kilmington BA12 6RP) onto Whitesheet Lane and continue for about half a mile to the car park just below Whitesheet Hill.
Contact: Contact: Isobel Geddes (walk leader) 01380 871008

Terrain: We will be climbing Whitesheet Hill (wonderful view and prehistoric sites) then descending to Stourton (by Stourhead House & gardens) where we can stop for coffee or ice cream in the Spreadeagle Pub yard (might be busy). Inevitably we will have to go back up to the cars!

Lunch is planned at the Red Lion Inn ( Kilmington BA12 6R). I will send out the menu when this is confirmed for those who want to eat afterwards; then you can let me know your lunch orders.

July Walk: Tuesday 10th July, Ford via Castle Combe and Long Dean

Meet/Park: For the full walk, meet in The White Hart pub car park, ( ST841748, 22kms or 14 miles from Keevil ) at 9.30am for a 9.45am start. It should take ½ an hour to drive from Keevil via Corsham. You should avoid the A350 at this time of the morning due to on-going road works.
If you prefer a shorter and walk, you can join the walk at Castle Combe. There is free parking just above the village (ST845777) and you can meet the rest of the walkers on the bridge in the village at midday.

Distance: For the complete walk 9.5kms (5.7 miles), however those joining us at Castle Combe and completing the walk back to Ford, 4.6kms (2.75 miles). Arrangements can be made to take you back to your car at Castle Combe should you wish to take this option. There are public toilets available in Castle Combe and it makes an ideal tea break for the early starters whilst waiting for others to join us there.

Terrain: Field and woodland paths and tracks, metalled lanes, 10 stiles. There is a steep but not too long, climb out of Ford, however apart from that, it is mostly gentle.

Lunch: The White Hart pub at 1.30pm. We should arrive there at 1.15pm, giving us time for a deserved drink. I will send out the menu for your lunch choice early in July. Please confirm your attendance by Friday 6th July.

Contact: Contact: Bob Ayres (walk leader) on 01380 871 541,

Walks and Leaders 2018-19 season
  • APRIL 2018 – Myra Link and Vic Manning 24th April
  • MAY – Sarah Dow Tuesday 15th May
  • JUNE – Isobel Geddes Wednesday 13th June
  • JULY – Bob Ayres Tuesday 10th July
  • 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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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