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+)

Mouldon Hill Circular - 4.5 miles

Mouldon Hill Country Park

Hi All, With the longest day being tomorrow, how about an evening walk tonight? It's reasonably flat & heads out to West Swindon. Optional pub at end of walk. Minimum of 4 RSVP's by 18:00 for this event to take place. Cheers, Richard

Weekend Walking in Cornwall.

YHA Lizard Point

We are planning another weekend walking the South West Coast Path. We are staying at the YHA at Lizard Point on the Saturday and Sunday nights. I will be traveling down early on the Saturday morning and back on the Monday afternoon. We plan to walk the section between Falmouth and Lizard Point. Walks will be between 15 and 20 miles per day. If you want to join us but not walk as far we can look into shorter options. The YHA has spaces but is filling up fast so book soon.

Evening Walk - Wroughton 6 miles

Ellendune Car Park

This is a joint walk with Wilts LDWA and will be at a brisk pace. We head into Clouts wood and up to Salthrop before heading back for a drink in Wroughton.

Crofton Beam Engines - Steaming Weekend + 6 mile walk

Crofton Beam Engines

Come and visit the oldest working steam engines in the world still performing the job they were built to do! There are two beam engines, one of which is an original 200-year-old Boulton & Watt. Both are fed by a hand-stoked, coal-fired Lancashire boiler. These are magnificent pieces of industrial archaeology appealing both to families and steam enthusiasts. The engine house is set in unspoiled Wiltshire countryside close to the old market town of Marlborough. This weekend has been selected as it is one of the weekends that the engines are steamed in operation. There is an on site cafe, and as a destination is particularly interesting. We will be doing a 6 mile walk in the area as well. Tickets £8 on the day, For more information look at:- https://www.croftonbeamengines.org/

Past events (284)

Colerne Walk and Pub Lunch 6 Miles

Colerne Village Hall

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