Newsletter - June 2024

Hi everyone,

Let's begin by congratulating Duncan Baber and John Sreeves for completing the Speyside 100. Congratulations and commiserations in equal measure to Paula Jones, Dave Purdy, Lucy Robins for getting as far as you did before retiring. Likewise Andy Todd who took part in the marshals event. Congratulations too, to our friends of the Wiltshire group who took part.

A couple of things to tell you about. Lucy Robins is putting on a 50-mile walk at the end of June, the details for which can be found in the Forthcoming Walks section below. A week later, Bea Therin is organising a Summertime Extravaganza involving a trip on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. Click HERE to view the details, and HERE to pay.

Now for a few words from Janette Armstrong:


Wiltshire @ the Speyside 100


Congratulations to John Sreeves for completing the Speyside 100. It was a testing event: a hot first day with an early boggy section followed long sections of hard surface resulted in blisters, back and joint issues and the dreaded lean. This took its toll on many seasoned participants. Well done to Lucy Robins for getting as far as she did on very sore feet and commiserations to Dave Purdy on an injury stopping him on the first evening.

Six Wiltshire members volunteered; Andy Todd was on (or possibly was) the media team; taking huge numbers of photos and an iconic video of a marshal running the last man (who has a bad case of the lean) in with seconds to spare. Adrian Crocker, Clare Staff, Ben Staite, Bea Therin and Janette Armstrong joined Lesley Bellis and others from Northumberland and North of Scotland at HQ to provide a full catering service for the 72 hours. It was very busy and we had several crises including a mercy dash to Aldi with 2 minutes to spare when Bea ran out of food on Sunday evening.

Six of us walked the East Highland Way the week before. The midges mostly held off. Highly enjoyable apart from a whole day on Forestry Commission tracks on day 2. We saw three red squirrels and a few deer but no wildcats, eagles, capercaillies or wild haggises.

The star food of the week was Chewy Cake from the LDWA cookbook (recipe below):


Ingredients: Instructions:
  • 6 oz butter or margarine
  • 7 oz dark brown sugar
  • 8 oz sultanas or mixed fruit
  • 2 oz oats
  • 6 oz self raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
1. Heat oven 150 degrees C
2. Grease 7 x 11 inch flat tin
3. Melt butter and sugar
4. Add all other ingredients and stir
5. Place in tin and cook for 40 mins
6. Turn onto cooling rack whilst still warm




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 Jun 2024 Stop on Red Group 17.5 miles Dorset
Sun 2nd Jun 2024 Watership Down & Kingsclere Group c15 miles Thames Valley
Sat 8th Jun 2024 From the Archives - Wye Valley Meander Group 24 miles South Wales
Sat 8th Jun 2024 UPDATED 19/05/2024 Celebration walk to Winchester Cathedral Group 20 miles London
Sun 9th Jun 2024 Four Tarrants a Camp & a Ring Group 19 miles Dorset
Fri 14th - Sat 22nd Jun 2024 Annual South Downs Way Walk Challenge 105 miles (Non LDWA)
Sat 15th Jun 2024 MMM Marshals Event Group 14 or 26 miles Heart of England
Sun 16th Jun 2024 Cross-border incursions Group c22 miles Thames Valley / Wiltshire
Wed 19th Jun 2024 Oxford known & unknown Group c15.6 miles Thames Valley
Thu 20th Jun 2024 Circular Summer Stroll Group 13 miles Wiltshire
Sat 22nd Jun 2024 Malvern Midsummer Marathon Challenge 26 or 14 miles Heart of England
Sun 23rd Jun 2024 Cotswold Villages Group 15 miles Bristol & West / Wiltshire
Sun 23rd Jun 2024 Summer on the Wiltshire Downs & Cranborne Chase Group 18 miles Wessex
Sat 29th - Sun 30th Jun 2024 50 for 50. Group 50 miles Wiltshire
Sat 29th Jun 2024 Over the Hills & Near Away Group 16 miles South Wales



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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