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 SEPTEMBER walk: Tuesday 17th September – Biddestone

Meet/park: 10.15am for a 10.30am start at The White Horse pub in Biddestone

Distance/terrain: Around 7.5km (4 1/2 miles): the walk heads out from the village of Biddestone down a quiet country lane and across fields with lovely views, to the Macmillan Way and through Blackpath Wood, before heading up a bridlepath for the journey home.

For those who prefer a longer walk there is the chance to do a loop down into Slaughterford and meet the rest of the party back on the road where it meets the bridlepath at the top of the hill. This extra walk would take about 15-20 minutes.

The terrain consists of country lanes, fields and bridle paths. There are 3 stiles and 3 kissing gates. There’s one climb up from Macmillan Way, however you do have a choice of some steep steps or a longer stroll up the bridleway.

As the Macmillan Way can get muddy after rain, it may be wise to include wellies.

Lunch: at at The White Horse pub in Biddestone, booked for 1.30pm. Depending on numbers we may be back a little earlier allowing us time to explore this beautiful village

Contact: Bob Ayres on 01380 871541, 07852 620378 or by Thursday 12th September

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BIMBLING NOTE: In May, June, July and August, we intend to add some shorter walks (bimbles) to the usual schedule. These walks will be 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. We’ll aim to keep them to no more than 3 miles, flat, on good tracks and paths, and without stiles. We will, as always, 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 will be no rush, just steady bimbles to relax into and enjoy.

If you have any ideas about where you would like to go or what days you would like to walk, please let Geoff know, and remember this is open to everybody, not just regular walkers. Geoff West 01380 870425 e-mail (yes only one ‘f’)

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
  • 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