Newsletter - February 2024

Hi everyone,

In this month's newsletter:

  • A roundup of what we discussed during our recent committee meeting;
  • Details of the Pewsey Downsaround (PDA), including Janette's delicious cheese flapjack recipe;
  • Details of a 50-mile group walk organised by Andy;
  • Fncy a trip to Scotland in the Spring?; and
  • The usual round-up of Forthcoming Walks




Committee Meeting held on 5th January 2024


Your new committee has held it's first committee meeting. Here's a summary of what we discussed:

  • We welcomed Dave Purdy and Lucy Robins onto the committee as Treasurer and Walks Secretary respectively;
  • All the actions regarding the organisation of the Pewsey Downsaround (PDA) are either in hand or complete;
  • Janette Armstrong offered to take on the role of volunteer coordinator for the PDA;
  • The committee accepted Bea Therin's offer to organise and lead a walk involving a trip on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway;
  • I will update the group's constitution and circulate it to all group members; and
  • The next committee will take place on 16th April 2024.




Pewsey Downsaround on 28th April 2024


Hopefully you are already aware that the Pewsey Downsaround is taking place on the 28th April. For those of you that are not helping out and volunteering for the event please support us by attending. There are 4 routes, 10, 17, 26 and 35 miles, and you can signup via SI Entries at For more information on the event, please visit our information page at


From Janette Armstrong:

January is over and it’s time for me to start planning the food for the PDA. As I got my recipes out I remembered Clive suggesting I submit the occasional recipe for the Newsletter. This one is for the famous cheese flapjacks.

If you would like to contribute some baking (sweet or savoury) for the event please let me know ( We can pay for the ingredients. The food needs to be at the Pewsey Scout Hut early on the day of the event. If you can’t get your baking there let me know and I can probably work something out. I’ll put out a further call for baking out again nearer the time.


  • 150g porridge oats
  • 175g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 50g melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Press into a 18cm square tin. Bake for 30 mins at 180 degrees (gas mark 4). You can add 175g of grated carrot to the mixture which then fills a 20 cm square tin.




50-mile Group Walk - Chips n' ham for Tea - 2nd/3rd March 2024


It looks like we will have a varied group taking part, with several from outside the group. However, it would be good to encourage a few more of you to join us. This is an ideal walk for those wanting to try a longer distance, on a route that is not too lumpy. The walk is a group walk, and as such we will all walk together, at group pace.

The route starts in Devizes, takes in Milk Hill, Avebury, Calne, Chippenham, Lacock, Melksham and the Kennet and Avon Canal, and Seend before ascending Caen Hill back to Devizes. We will stop in Chippenham for an evening meal stop, so a chance to get something hot to eat. The walk details are available at

If you want more information please contact Andy Todd at




Scotland in May


At the end of May a group of us are heading up to Scotland to walk the East Highland Way over a series of days, and then walk or volunteer on the Speyside 100.

Two houses have been booked, from 18th May, until the end of the bank holiday weekend. The first house is full, and I have 1 double/twin room left in the second house. If anyone would like to take the room please contact Andy Todd 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 4th Feb 2024 Kings Shilling Group 16 miles Dorset
Sun 4th Feb 2024 Tetbury Trek Group 17 miles Wiltshire
Wed 7th Feb 2024 'Enter Sandman' Group 12.5 miles South Wales
Sat 10th Feb 2024 Bath Time Group 19 miles South Wales
Sat 10th Feb 2024 “ELEL 1” Linear from Reading to Maidenhead Group 20 miles London
Sun 11th Feb 2024 A Stroll in the North Wessex Downs National Landscape - Event Details Updated Group 15 miles Wessex
Sun 11th Feb 2024 Bury down & southwards with a little Ridgeway to return Group c20 miles Thames Valley
Sat 17th Feb 2024 Dovers Hill Circular Group 16.5 miles Heart of England
Sat 17th Feb 2024 Dovers Hill Circular - Shorter Option Group 10 miles Heart of England
Sat 17th Feb 2024 Of Mines & Men Group 20 miles South Wales
Sun 18th Feb 2024 Cross-border incursions Group 22 miles Wiltshire / Thames Valley
Sun 18th Feb 2024 Lovely Late Snowdrops? Group 17.5 miles Dorset
Wed 21st Feb 2024 'Master of Puppets' Group 18.5 miles South Wales
Sun 25th Feb 2024 Avebury & Beyond Group 16 miles Wiltshire


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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