Newsletter - September 2019

Welcome to what is already my 20th newsletter, the circulation for which has increased each month. Thank you for your continued support.

On behalf of the group, welcome to our new members, as well as those from other groups who have chosen to 'associate' with us.

In this month's newsletter:

  • Walks Secretary - Nomination;
  • Walk Leaders Needed;
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Xmas Meal
  • Wiltshire 50 Group Walk;
  • LDWA Web Site Members' Area; and
  • Forthcoming Walks



Walks Secretary - Nomination

At our AGM in December, Andy Todd will be stepping down after doing an outstanding job as Walks Secretary over the past four years. Following last month's request, we are pleased to announce that we have our first nomination for this important position, i.e. Bruce Barclay.



Walk Leaders Needed

From Andy Todd:

"The list leaders I have for walks from January to April 2020 is looking very thin. Walks will take place if someone is prepared to lead them.

The following Sunday walk dates need to be filled:

  • Sunday 2nd February
  • Sunday 16th February
  • Sunday 1st March
  • Sunday 15th March
  • Sunday 19th April

In addition, all of the Thursday walks need a leader:

  • Thursday 16th January
  • Thursday 20th February
  • Thursday 19th March
  • Thursday 16th April

Please contact me at to volunteer your services."



Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Xmas Meal

From Lesley Bellis:

This year’s Xmas Meal and AGM will be held at the Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers, Marlborough SN8 4NQ.

The plan is to meet at the pub to start our walk at 0900hrs, led by John Walker. There is additional parking at the village hall just a few yards further on from the pub. We will return to the pub by 1230ish and, after a quick change and the opportunity to buy a drink, the meal will be served at 1330hrs. We have used this venue on several occasions and the food is excellent.

I will be going to the Royal Oak in the next few weeks to get the menus which will be published in the next newsletter. All your menu choices will need to be sent to me by 1st November.

All members who have contributed either a walk or marshaled at a checkpoint will receive a subsidy towards their meal. Clive will be sending out the formal notification for the AGM in the next week or two.



Wiltshire 50 Group Walk

From Andy Todd:

"This is happening on 12-13th October, starting in Devizes.

A number of people have paid, for this and a larger number have said they might. For those thinking about the walk please remember that numbers are limited, so please book. I don't want to have to turn away Wiltshire group members.

The walk is group walk, so follows normal group walk rules. The full distance is 50 miles, but there is an option of getting as far as the first hall and then returning to the start (~23 miles). Lesley has offered to keep us all well fed.

Please contact me at to book your place, or for more information. The Wiltshire LDWA Payment Site is now accessible via the Wiltshire LDWA web site."


LDWA Web Site Members' Area

I thought I'd take the opportunity to remind you of some of the benefits available by visiting the members' area on the LDWA web site.

As a LDWA member you can view the latest discounts that each supplier offers and obtain the necessary code. Suppliers currently include:

  • Cicerone;
  • Cotswold Outdoor;
  • Craghoppers Direct;
  • Foothills;
  • Fox's Outdoor;
  • Memory Map;
  • Merino UK;
  • Paramo;
  • Taunton Leisure;
  • Whalley Warm & Dry; and
  • YHA

The site also allows members to download .gpx files for a huge number of long distance paths; read Strider online; and take part in various fora on a range of subjects. Members can also review/edit their details.



Forthcoming Walks

Finally, here's the usual look ahead to all the group walks and challenge events that are taking place this month within a 50-mile radius of the geographical centre of Wiltshire.

Date Name Type Mileage Organiser
Sun 1st Sep 2019 Cotswold Challenge (Marshals) Group 26.4 or 18ml. Bristol & West
Sun 1st Sep 2019 Liberty Trail North - LINEAR WALK Group 20ml. Dorset
Sun 1st Sep 2019 Tetbury and Posh Pads Group 21ml. Wiltshire
Sun 8th Sep 2019 Some old pathways Group c21 or c15ml. Thames Valley
Sun 8th Sep 2019 The Winterbournes Wander Group 21ml. Dorset
Tue 10th Sep 2019 Ringswell Common Group c15ml. Bristol & West
Wed 11th Sep 2019 Drew’s Pond Wander - Evening Walk Group 6ml. Wiltshire
Sun 15th Sep 2019 Looping the loop around Bradford-on-Avon Group 19ml. Wiltshire
Sun 15th Sep 2019 Under and Over Group 12, 6 or 18ml. Bristol & West
Wed 18th Sep 2019 A Walk Through History Group c15ml. Thames Valley
Thu 19th Sep 2019 Chalford and more - Event Details Updated Group 14ml. Wiltshire
Sat 21st Sep 2019 Cotswold Challenge - Event Details Updated Challenge  26.4 or 18ml. Bristol & West
Sun 22nd Sep 2019 On Top of the Bottom Group 18ml. Dorset
Sun 22nd Sep 2019 Three wells and a canal Group 20ml. Wessex
Sat 28th Sep 2019 Slad Group c19ml. Bristol & West
Sat 28th Sep 2019 Winchcombe Way - Western Loop Group 21ml. Heart of England
Sun 29th Sep 2019 An Oxon Walk that’s actually in Oxon Group c20ml. Thames Valley
Sun 29th Sep 2019 Five Valleys Walk 2019 Challenge  21ml. (Non LDWA)


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That's it for another newsletter. All our newsletters are available via the Wiltshire LDWA website. If you have anything to contribute to future editions, please can you get it to me by the 20th of each month. I look forward to seeing you out on our group walks this month.

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA