Newsletter - October 2019

Happy Autumn everyone!


I'll start by congratulating group members Sheena Findlay, Lucy Robins, Clare Staff and John Walker, as well as Gwyneth Littlejohn from the Bristol & West group, who all took part in the 56-mile Bullock Smithy recently. John had to retire at 32 miles but the others went on to complete it. Nice one!

In this month's newsletter:

  • Walk Leaders Needed;
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Xmas Meal
  • GDPR - Taking Photographs;
  • Winter Walking; and
  • Forthcoming Walks



Walk Leaders Needed

From Andy Todd:

"The following Thursday walk dates still need to be filled:

  • 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 am still awaiting the menu from the venue. Upon receipt, Clive will send it directly to group members. 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.


GDPR - Taking Photographs

From Stuart Bain (LDWA Data Protection):

"It is worth highlighting to members that a pragmatic approach should be taken to taking photographs of individuals on local group social walks and challenge events. Explicit consent is not required to take photos, and they may be featured in group newsletters, Strider or on LDWA websites and social media.

If you do not wish to have your/your child’s photo taken you should ensure you/your child are out of camera shot when the photo is taken. If, on the very rare occasions you feel a photo may have been taken without your knowledge, you should respectfully request that the photo be deleted.

The LDWA offers the right to correction, and on request, will remove photos, where feasible, from LDWA websites or social media."



Winter Walking

Is your rucksack ready for winter? The weather is changing, so now is the time to check your rucksack to ensure you carry the right items for the season ahead. You will need:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers;
  • A fleece (or other warm layer);
  • A working torch or head torch with spare batteries;
  • An emergency survival bag;
  • A whistle;
  • Hat and gloves;
  • An emergency food item. Something high in calories e.g. chocolate, flapjack or nuts. It can be a good idea to have something you don’t like that much to ensure you don’t snack on it;
  • A waterproof bag or waterproof rucksack cover to ensure all the above stays dry; and
  • Essential item: ICE card with your next of kin and medical details. You must carry one of these on group walks.



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
Wed 2nd Oct 2019 North and south of the A4 Group  c15ml. Thames Valley
Sun 6th Oct 2019 Christmas Common Caper Group  c20ml. Thames Valley
Sun 6th Oct 2019 Seend You Later Group  18ml. Wiltshire
Sun 6th Oct 2019 Tony Farrell Tribute Walk Group  19ml. Wessex
Sun 6th Oct 2019 Wylye Valley Kanter Challenge  25, 19, 12 or 6ml. (Non LDWA)
Tue 8th Oct 2019 Down on the Farm - Event Cancelled Group  c16ml. Bristol & West
Sat 12th Oct 2019 A Wiltshire 50 - Devizes and out Group  50 or 23ml. Wiltshire
Sun 13th Oct 2019 Thealing your way - Event Details Updated Group  c20 or c15ml. Thames Valley
Wed 16th Oct 2019 Down, down, deeper and down - Dean Group  15ml. South Wales
Wed 16th Oct 2019 Water and Woods Walk Group  c15ml. Thames Valley
Thu 17th Oct 2019 Box Figure of 8 Group  15ml. Wiltshire
Sat 19th Oct 2019 William Cobbett's 100-miler Group  19ml. Wessex
Sat 19th Oct 2019 Winchcombe Way - Eastern Loop Group  21ml. Heart of England
Sun 20th Oct 2019 A North Oxford Exploration Group  c22ml. Thames Valley
Sun 20th Oct 2019 Across the Heaths Group  20ml. Dorset
Fri 25th - Mon 28th Oct 2019 Autumn 4 Day Beaches, Bars & Blisters walk Group  72ml. IOW
Wed 30th Oct 2019 Walking in history Group  c14.5ml. Thames Valley

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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