Newsletter - March 2024

Hi everyone,

Don't panic! I haven't forgotten you. This retirement lark is really quite full-on at the moment. Having been traumatised by Andy's recent walk out of Hungerford, I spent Saturday leading my Ramblers group around the Monopoly Board squares in London. At least there wasn't any mud. It looks like Andy's 50 went well over the weekend, despite the waterlogged conditions in places, with, as the leader put it, '14 idiots arriving outside his house for the start'. Hopefully I'll be out on Sunday, then I appear to be leading on the following Thursday. A special mention to Lucy for galvanising the walks programme, which finally looks healthy. I look forward to seeing many of you out in due course.


Mud is so miserable



Volunteers (Always) Needed


LDWA groups around the country are gearing up to host a full programme of group and challenge events. The Wiltshire group is no different. Although preparation for our events is well under way, volunteers may still be required for the following:


Event Date Contact
Pewsey Downsaround (PDA) Sunday 28th April 2024 Janette Armstrong via
Ridgeway 40 Saturday 11th May 2024 Phil Heneghan
Speyside 100 Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2024 Janette Armstrong via
Group Social Walks Sundays (Twice or more per month) and Thursdays (Once a month) Lucy Robins


To register an interest in helping out at one or more of the challenge events, or to offer a group social walk, please contact the relevant individual.



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 10th Mar 2024 Castles & Villages Group 14 miles Wiltshire
Sun 10th Mar 2024 Cerne Giant Marshals Walk Group 30 or 20 miles Dorset
Sun 10th Mar 2024 Wayfaring to Overton Group c20 miles Thames Valley
Thu 14th Mar 2024 Marlborough- The Long Way Round Group 15.5 miles Wiltshire
Sun 17th Mar 2024 Up, up & up again! Group 16 miles Wiltshire
Thu 21st Mar 2024 Cotswold Caper Group 15 miles Wiltshire
Sat 23rd Mar 2024 South Wales Three Peaks Trial Challenge 20, 17, 15 or 10 miles (Non LDWA)
Sun 24th Mar 2024 Cerne Giant 2024 Challenge 30 or 20 miles Dorset


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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