Newsletter - May 2020

Hi everyone.

I hope you're still observing the Government's latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines on social distancing and are remaining virus free.  I started Nordic walking to make my daily exercise a little more challenging! My target is to be able to squeeze through my front door when we get the all clear!


Matt Cartoon


In this month's newsletter:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19);
  • Wiltshire 50;
  • AGM 2020;
  • Pewsey Downsaround 2021;
  • Y 100 Sir Fynwy 2021;
  • Strider;
  • Ramblers - Don't Lose Your Way; and
  • Name The Path



Coronavirus (COVID-19)


From the College of Policing:


What constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live? 


Regulation 6 of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 states no person may leave the place where they live without a reasonable excuse. The CPS have produced a really useful practical guide as to what might and what might not constitute a 'reasonable excuse'.  This list is not exhaustive and police officers are required to use their discretion and judgement in deciding what is and what isn't 'reasonable' in the circumstances.  Click HERE to view.



Wiltshire 50


We are sorry to advise that we will not be proceeding with the Wiltshire 50 challenge walk on 31st October & 1st November 2020. Despite much organisation and kind offers of support, the committee's minimum safe requirements have not been met, leading to an irreconcilable situation which, in turn has made it impossible to continue.



AGM 2020


This year's Annual General Meeting will take place on 6th December in Avebury Village Hall, with Janette Armstrong and Carol Holmes organising the catering.  More details will be available in future newsletters.



Pewsey Downsaround 2021


Next year's Pewsey Downsaround will take place on 25th April, sharing the weekend with the Bath Beat as usual. More details will be available in future newsletters.



Y 100 Sir Fynwy 2021


From Alan Warrington, LDWA 100s Coordinator:

"During the past week myself and the organising teams of Y 100 Sir Fynwy and other currently planned Hundreds have been working jointly behind the scenes to see if this year's event disrupted due to the Coronavirus could be salvaged.

I am extremely pleased to confirm that all have agreed to roll back the events by one calendar year and that Y 100 Sir Fynwy will take place in 2021 subject to further constraints or regulations by Her Majesty's Government.

This is another example of superb team work and flexibility. The future Hundreds can only take place because of the dedication and enthusiasm of all the volunteers, and further help will be required in the months and years to come.

Please do not swamp the organisers with questions as they are busy re-planning. Further information will be communicated in due course. In the meantime there are a number of frequently asked questions and answers available in the Hundreds section of the Forum."

Lesley Bellis is happy to be the Checkpoint 13 manager at Trellach. She asks those listed below to contact her regarding their willingness to marshal at next year's event. Please contact her at The list of potential marshals is:


Janette Armstrong

Bruce Barclay

Sheena Findlay

Paul Hopkins

Graham Instrell

Tim James

Phil King

Lucy Robins

Clare Staff

Roger Swift

Bea Therin

Andy Todd




From Graham Smith, Strider Editor:

"I just wanted to write to thank you for your group's support during the three years I have edited Strider.

I love looking after Strider, and one of my main objectives has always been to try and ensure that the work and walks of our groups are given a good showing in our magazine. So please pass on my thanks to your colleagues for sending me their stories and photographs. Without them, there would not be a Strider.

Please keep your stories, photos and walks coming. With no LDWA walks taking place at the moment because government guidelines due to Coronavirus, filling the next Strider is going to be something of a challenge, so any contributions from your group will be even more welcome. It would be a great help if any contributions could be sent to me by the middle of May. My contact details are always on page 2 of Strider.

While emailing, can I mention PICTURES FROM OUR PAST, part of Strider's LDWA memories section, which I introduced last year? Most people like nostalgia, so if you have pictures from your group archives, which you would like to share with the wider LDWA membership, then I would love to receive them.

With best wishes to you and your group. Stay safe in these difficult times, and let's all enjoy our walking again as soon as we are allowed to."



Ramblers - Don't Lose Your Way


From The Ramblers' website:

"Thousands of people have joined the search for lost paths, and together we have mapped all of England and Wales in just six weeks, an amazing achievement! We're now checking through all the data and soon we'll be able to announce how many lost paths are missing from the definitive map, and our plans to save them for future generations."



Name The Path


In the absence of any forthcoming walks, here's a challenge for you. Simply name this long distance path. You'll find it in the LDWA's online database. Good luck!

Name The Path 1


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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 later in the year.

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA