Newsletter - January 2024

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to a new year of long distance walking. I'll begin by wishing you all a happy new year, and thank those you who attended our Annual General Meeting, xmas meal and walk. It was lovely seeing so many friends in the Bear Hotel in Devizes. Thanks too, to Andy Todd for making the arrangements, and to Carol Holmes for leading the walk. Dave Purdy and Lucy Robins were duly elected as Treasurer and Walks Secretary. It looks like Lucy was able to fill many dates in our walking programme. If you offered a date, please contact her with the walk details as soon as possible. I volunteered four dates, so I'd better get my thinking cap on, and come up with some walks. The draft minutes from our AGM can be viewed at

We have committee meeting scheduled for 5th January 2024. The agenda is likely to focus on the handovers for the aforementioned roles, as well as the Pewsey Downsaround.

Some of the discussion at the xmas meal was regarding the e-mails we've all been receiving from various officers in the LDWA, with our members saying they were difficult to understand. Clearly they've not been written with their audience in mind. I said I would use this newsletter to 'decipher' some of the content in those e-mails. The first few weeks of my retirement haven't been quite as relaxing as I was hoping, so I will include an explanation in the February edition of this newsletter.

The last snippet of news that some of you will be interested in, is Andy's unsupported 50-mile walk on the 2nd/3rd March 2024. The details can be found at





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 7th Jan 2024 Don’t Take The Huff Group 16 miles Dorset
Sun 7th Jan 2024 New Year Hilly Stretch / New Year Stretch - Event Details Updated Group c18 or 15.6 miles Thames Valley
Sun 7th Jan 2024 Really the last Bisley walk Group 18 miles Wiltshire
Wed 10th Jan 2024 'Nothing Else Matters' Group 14 miles South Wales
Sat 20th Jan 2024 Brunch at the Dewlish Cafe Group 16 miles Dorset
Wed 24th Jan 2024 'Fade to Black' Group 15 miles South Wales
Sat 27th Jan 2024 Winchcombe circular Group 18 miles Bristol & West
Sun 28th Jan 2024 No Bouncers Here Group c15 miles Thames Valley
Sun 28th Jan 2024 Pamphill Cake Walk Group 13 miles Dorset
Sun 28th Jan 2024 Winter in the Forest Group 18 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