FEBRUARY RAMBLE: Wednesday 23rd February: Holt

A walk around the Holt area of approximately 4.5 miles, with lunch at the Old Ham Tree, Holt around 1pm. Walk leader is Barbara Lewendon, further details to follow.

JANUARY RAMBLE: Wednesday 12th January 2022: Kennet & Avon Canal and River Avon

Start point and parking: 9.45am on the north side of the canal bridge at Semington.

Terrain: Total distance around 4.5 miles, with one steep-ish downhill path and a couple of stiles.

We’ll walk west along the canal then along Whaddon Lane to Whaddon Church, then down to the river and back through Berryfield. If it’s very wet we may have to retrace our steps from Whaddon Church !

Lunch: at the Somerset Arms in Semington, booked for 1pm. Their new menu is available on their website or Paul Lenaerts can provide one for you.

Walk Leader: Paul Lenaerts – 01380 870186 or email paul@lenaerts.co.uk (note Paul has a new email address) – please contact Paul if you’d like to join the walk and/or join for lunch.


Bimbles are shorter, easy-going walks on well-established tracks and without stiles; Rambles are longer walks of 4-6 miles with more mixed terrains and stiles. Both conclude at a suitable pub for lunch. For further details, particularly if you would like to join us for the first time, or would like to organise and lead a walk, please contact Geoff West (870425) in connection with the Bimbles and for all other walks, Rachel and Tony Howe (870661). Scroll down for provisional list of walks and walk leaders…

All walks will take into consideration advice given by the Ramblers Association www.ramblers.org.uk whilst we continue with caution during the pandemic.

Rachel and Tony (racheltony19@gmail.com)
  1. If you, or any member of your household , have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate in line with government guidelines. You should not take part in any activities with the Walking Group during this time.
  2. If you, or any member of your household, are clinically vulnerable, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others. Taking part in a walk could put you and those around you, at a higher risk.
  3. You do not have to feel obliged to join the walk just because you are a listed member of the Keevil Walkers.
  4. A full Risk Assessment will be posted to each walker outlining the walk and any problems it may have. Remember, paths can be slippery in wet weather, steep declines when muddy can be treacherous. Do not put yourself at risk if you feel you might have an accident which might lead to hospitalisation.
  5. Gloves or a sanitised cloth should be used to open gates and cross stiles.
  6. Due attention should be given to travel arrangements. No more than 2 people per car – both wearing masks, one driver, one back seat passenger, with windows open, unless you are from the same household.
  7. No sharing of food or drink if you are not members of the same household.
  8. A distance of 2 metres should be kept between walkers, especially at coffee breaks and picnics.
  9. Groups will be limited to 15 members.

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

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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: In 2019 we added some shorter summer walks to the usual schedule; we intended to continue this in 2020, however Covid-19 put paid to activities. 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.

When we are back to our walking schedule in 2021, bimbles will definitely remain an addition to the regular schedule. 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 g.west3@pobroadband.co.uk, or Sarah Dow 01380 871729 callymosh@yahoo.co.uk 

RAMBLES, BIMBLES and walk leaders 2021-22 season

  • JULY Ramble – Bob Ayres
  • JULY Bimble – Janet White
  • AUGUST – Rachel & Tony Howe
  • SEPTEMBER Ramble – John Tucker
  • SEPTEMBER Bimble – Sarah Dow
  • OCTOBER – Colin Dimbylow
  • NOVEMBER Bimble – Geoff West
  • DECEMBER Ramble – Sarah Dow
  • JANUARY 2022 Ramble – Paul Lenaerts
  • FEBRUARY – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH – Geoff West
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes

History of the Walking Group

Thanks to Ray Ward who started the group over 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  racheltony19@gmail.com