What we're about

Wiltshire Wanderers are a friendly welcoming walking group that covers Wiltshire and the immediate surrounding counties.

We are not a dating group or a singles group, but we have many single people and couples walking with us.

We used to be a group tailored for 20s-40s and was affiliated to the Ramblers, but this ceased in December 2016 and now take anyone interesting in walking from 20 to 80!

Our walks are generally on a Sunday morning from 10 or 10:30 am and can be from 6 to 15 miles in length. We also do Saturday walks during the summer and shorter evening walks as well during this time of between 4 and 6 miles.

We strive to put on 2 walks a month, all over Wiltshire and surrounding counties, and we also sometimes do walks with the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) where the length of walk can go up to 26 or 40 miles in a day.

We are not a group for children or disabled (in wheelchair) walkers, though walkers with dogs are welcome, provided they are well behaved and on leads.

Please remember to wear good walking clothing such as walking trousers, wet weather clothing is also advisable (water proofs top and bottom, gaiters etc), good stout walking boots with ankle support with or without walking socks, and please also remember to bring plenty of water with you on our walks. Sometimes its advisable to bring an extra pair of shoes and socks to change into after our walks if the walking boots are muddy, for you to enter pubs or your car home. Please do not wear jeans as if they get wet they take ages to dry and are not ideal for walking in.

We can offer lifts to members to share on transport costs. Ring the walks organiser before the walk starts.

We generally always go to the pub for a drink and sometimes an optional meal after the walk, so if you want to join us, you may want to bring some money.

The group isn't free, as Meetup costs any main organiser £168 a year to run 3 groups per Meetup account.

We give all new members month one's free use of the group, then you'll be expected to pay a small lifetime fee to cover the cost of running the group. Meetup UK doesn't allow us to automatically take payments, as we used to charge £5 a year. This was an administrative hassle, so to reduce this, we are asking for a one off fee to be paid. To counter the effects of inflation and expected rises in Meetup running costs in the future, we have set the cost of the lifetime membership at £20 per member. Whilst other groups may charge smaller amounts of membership or nothing at all, Meetup fees do add up over time, so to ensure the financial burden is not placed on one person, it is best to share it amongst members who use the group. Also the membership gives you access to the three groups which share this Meetup account, namely:-

North Wiltshire Socials

Swindon Social and New Friends

Wiltshire Wanderers Walking Group

Joining these three groups as a paid member will be marked accordingly, and you'll only pay once.For new members who do not pay after the month's free trial, we reserve the right to delete your membership of the group.

Payment can be made by the following means:-

By BACS transfer:

Account Number 2167 8060

Sort Code 30-90-85

By Paypal to the following address: dpmeetup@hotmail.co.uk

By our Sumup Card Terminal.

1) That by signing up for this Group, you accept that you take part entirely at your own risk.

2) Where as organisers are facilitating activities, he or she will not be held legally or otherwise responsible for any accidents or other mishaps during any walk. Outdoor activities are never without risks. " Those who take part consent to the Risk involved"

3) If you have any doubts about you abilities, the weather conditions or the terrain or the ground, you must discuss it with your Organiser before the start of the Walk.

4) Please advise your fellow Walkers as early as possible if you encounter difficulties during a Walk or if you see another Walker with problems.

Any questions? Contact David on wiltshirewalker@hotmail.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Want more walks? Lead them yourself! More leaders wanted

We urgently need more walk leaders as David won't and cannot possibly lead the vast bulk of the walks in this group. We have 666 walkers in this group, surely you aren't all lazy and just want to follow the leader? Whilst he does enjoy leading walks, its high time we have other leaders stepping up to the plate and volunteering their time. If you put nothing in expect to receive nothing in return. Also to help contribute to the cost of running this group, please note from May 2019 onwards, we will request a donation of £0.50 to £1 per walk per walker depending on length of walk, unless you have paid £20 as a one off fee, or £10 if you are a walk leader. Again David cannot be expected to cough up the £180 cost of running the group every year.

Cricklade Circular Walk (6 miles)

Red Lion Pub

Hi All, We'll head out of Cricklade towards the lakes via an old railway line before heading back through the meadows. Flat walk at a pace of 3mph. Pub stop, Red Lion, is optional at the end of the walk :). Cheers, Richard

Walk SAT5: Lacock Loop and Village - Corsham Walking Festival 10 miles £4

This walk through open countryside takes us, after tackling many stiles, to the renowned National Trust village of Lacock, for picnic lunch break. This quaint village with half-timbered stone cottages and medieval tithe barn has provided a location for many film and TV productions, including Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey. Step back in time and enjoy an unspoiled Cotswold village with a variety of buildings dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Bonnets and long swishing skirts are no longer required though! Lacock Abbey, founded in the 13th century as a nunnery, is also notable as the birthplace of photography when owned by William Fox Talbot. His granddaughter presented the village and Abbey to the National Trust. Sponsored by Carl Todd Clinic. Distance: 10 miles Grading: Moderate Time: 5.5 hrs duration Start: 09:30 from Springfield Community Campus Price: £4 Age: 16+ Please if going on this walk please book and pay for it under Corsham walking festival - don't just turn up if you haven't paid in advance you will be turned away. Book via this link:- https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=WALKING&organ_val=38889&schedule=list http://corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk/festival-walks-2019/

QUIZ AND BUFFET SUPPER - Corsham Walking Festival - £12 to book

Springfield Community Campus

This popular event completely sold out last year and strong demand for tickets is expected, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The evening provides much fun and laughter with a quiz open to walkers and non-walkers. Maximum of six people to a team, bring your own team or join one on the night to compete for The Golden Boots and an impressive array of prizes donated by local businesses. Includes a delicious buffet supper by award-winning Elior Catering. Special dietary needs catered for – please notify in advance to The Pound Box Office. Licensed paying bar available. Raffle proceeds to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. From 19:00 – 23:00 Springfield Community Campus, Corsham. Price: £12 To book click here - https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=WALKING&organ_val=38889&schedule=list Please don't just show up without a ticket, as you will be denied entry. This event sells out so book quickly! http://corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk/festival-walks-2019/

Past events (277)

Winterbournes & Figsbury 6 Mile Walk + Pub Lunch

The Winterbourne Arms

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