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

RAMBLERS OCTOBER walk: Tuesday 22nd October – Chippenham to Lacock and the Wilts & Berks Canal

Meet/park: 9.30am in the carpark of The Bell at Lacock where we will have lunch. The walk will actually start in Chippenham town centre, a minibus or car-shuffle will be organised.

Distance/terrain: Around 4 miles along footpaths from Chippenham town centre to Pewsham, then along the old canal and through Reybridge back to Lacock. We will see the latest restoration at Pewsham Locks. No significant hills – a few stiles.

Lunch: around 12.30 at The Bell at Lacock – choose from their main menu and let Paul have your pre-order choices by 20th October.

Contact: Walk leaders John Tucker and Paul Lenaerts 870186 or email

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BIMBLING NOTE: In May, June, July and August 2019 we added some shorter walks (bimbles) to the usual schedule. These walks are 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. 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 next year or what days you like to walk, please let Geoff know, and remember this is open to everybody, not just regular walkers. Geoff West 01380 870425 e-mail

Main RAMBLER Walks and Leaders 2019-20 season

  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes: Thursday 25th April, Longleat
  • MAY – Rachel and Tony Howe, cancelled
  • JUNE – Sarah Dow: Weds 12th June, Westwood-Tellisford
  • JULY – Geoff West: Tues 9th July, Marlborough
  • AUGUST – Pete and Grace Gardner13th August, Woodhenge-Stonehenge
  • SEPTEMBER – Bob Ayres, 17th September, Biddestone
  • OCTOBER – Paul Lenaerts and John Tucker, 22nd October Chippenham to Lacock and the Wilts & Berks Canal
  • NOVEMBER – Colin Dimbylow
  • DECEMBER – Pete and Grace Gardner
  • JANUARY 2019 – Sarah Dow
  • FEBRUARY – Barbara Lewendon
  • MARCH – Suzanne Wickham
  • APRIL – Isobel Geddes

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