Newsletter - July 2023

Hi everyone,

I haven't got very much to share with you this month. Our next committee meeting appears to be scheduled for this coming Monday, July 3rd. I'm going to suggest that we hold it offline on this occasion.

By way of a warm down from the Elephant, Bear and Bull 100, I was invited to join Bea Therin, Janette Armstrong, Lucy Robins and Ben Staite for a walk along the 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way. This was my 8th National Trail, and it was by far the easiest that I've completed. If you fancy walking a long distance path, I'd highly recommend it as the first one to tackle. It starts beside the River Humber in the shadow of the Humber Bridge, and ends in the picturesque seaside resort of Filey. Those of you who have walked the Woldsman 50-mile challenge event, will be familiar with the stunning landscape in between.

Highlights of the walk included a walk across the Humber Bridge; a thoroughly wet third (of five) day walking from Londesborough to Thixendale; a very welcome pint of orange juice and lemonade in Goodmanham ... for only 50p!; a lemon top ice cream on the seafront at Filey; and last but not least the wonderful company of the aforementioned persons. Needless to say there was a lot of laughter along the way. Sharing two cars wasn't quite so pleasant. Apart from the wet dog smell in the car at the end of day 3, there was too much driving along bumpy, narrow, unclassified roads for the drivers' liking. If you happen to be on a walk with Bea anytime soon, be sure to ask her about Thixendale ... then stand well clear!


Ben, Bea, Janette and Lucy at the start of the Yorkshire Wolds Way  Filey seafront

                                                                       Ben, Bea, Janette and Lucy at the start of the Yorkshire Wolds Way                                                                          Filey Seafront




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 Chippenham.


Date Name Type Mileage Organiser
Sun 2nd Jul 2023 Around Bury Down Group c20 miles Thames Valley
Sat 8th Jul 2023 Dark Revolution Walk Group 20 miles Wiltshire
Sat 8th Jul 2023 River Frome Group 14 miles Bristol & West
Wed 12th Jul 2023 Evening walk: Evening Stroll Group 5.5 miles Bristol & West
Sat 15th Jul 2023 Dursley Hills & Tea Party Group 15 miles Wiltshire / Bristol & West
Sun 16th Jul 2023 St Edwards Way Group 30 miles Dorset
Thu 20th Jul 2023 Tims favourite walk & cafe Group 10 miles Wiltshire
Sat 22nd Jul 2023 Two Loops - The Lesser Trodden Ways Group 27 miles South Wales
Sun 30th Jul 2023 Giant steps, includes 30 birthday celebrations Group 15 miles Dorset
Sun 30th Jul 2023 Summer in the Test Valley Group c19 miles Wessex


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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