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Park in the North Street/Bouverie Hall car park.
This walk runs to Knowle, Pewsey Wharf, Wilcot, Cocklebury Farm, West Sharcott, East Sharcott, and back to the car park.
Hope to visit pub at end.
6.5 miles, easy / relatively flat walking, as we walk along the canal part of the way.
Note that although this walk is free to participate, I shall be asking for a voluntary donation of £2 per walker at the start of the walk, to help cover the costs of running the group. Meetup isn't a free service for the group organiser and costs around £192 a year. The donation can be made by cash or card using a card terminal.
Another chance to do this evening walk but during the day.
Moved to May 2022, as it clashes with a camping weekend with friends - even walk leaders must get a holiday sometimes.
We park in the car park in Wilton, along Minster Way and head into Wilton itself, and on the way out of the village we visit the stunning church of St Mary & Nicolas.
This wonderful Italianate Basilica of St Mary & Nicholas was erected to a design by TH Wyatt in[masked] under the patronage of Catherine Woronzow and her son Sidney, Lord Herbert of Lea, 12th Earl of Pembroke.
Then we head north, crossing the railway twice before we head down towards Hunts down and into Hare's Warren woods, past Neale's Burrow, and we attempt to find the bunker. I believe there is a capped off entrance, but also another entrance.
Then we leave the wood and go towards Warren Down and skirt around the edge of Wilton Park back into Wilton and you may wish to spend some time in the Wilton Shopping Village, then back to the car park.
7 miles ish! Bring packed lunch.
This wireless station/bunker is located in Hare Warren woods, at the southern end of the Wilton Park Estate. It is an underground structure divided into operational, accommodation and service areas, with some surviving fittings.
The underground wireless station in Hare Warren Woods, Wilton was constructed in 1943/4 as part of a secret military organisation to operate in areas of Britain should they come under German occupation. With the increasing threat of a German invasion in the summer of 1940, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, directed that a covert Army unit called ‘GHQ Auxiliary Units’ was to be formed. This has sometimes become referred to as the ‘British Resistance Organisation’ or BRO. The Operational Branch of the unit trained and equipped civilians to carry out acts of sabotage behind enemy lines.
£2 per person to cover the groups running costs. Pay to RSVP
No limit on walkers.
As the weather will be warming up (hopefully, lol!) Please be prepared with appropriate clothing (hat or waterproofs, who knows with the British weather😂) and footwear. Also, enough water to keep you hydrated. Please bring a packed lunch as we will stop for 20-30 mins for a lunch stop.
Usual fee: £2.00 cash per person
If you sign up to do this walk and can't make it on the day, please amend your RSVP to 'not coming' otherwise we are all waiting for you to arrive before we start the walk.
Start is from Church Lane at Bishopstrow which is off the B3414. Near Warminster
Start ref: ST[masked]
POSTCODE: BA12 9HN
This is not an actual walk, but rather a notice that David Preston has decided to cancel all my remaining walks on the programme as I want a complete rest from walking. I’ve been leading walks since 2009 and probably have been over doing it.
Apologies if you had wanted to go on a walk with me leading it. I can only do what my body is capable of, and right now it needs a long rest and possibly surgery to alleviate knee pain. That’s the cold hard facts and nothing will convince me otherwise. It’s just a struggle.
In March 2022 I had a MRI scan on both knees and was advised not to go on walks of more than 10 miles. I am on a Keto diet to loose weight.
I did a short walk at the weekend and was in pain, not a good sign. Walking should be pleasurable and not give the walker undue pain.
So my Wilton walk on 12th June 2022 will be my last walk of the year unless I do a short Christmas walk.
If you want to lead walks, our walk leaders get 50% of the £2 fee given by walkers. To cover expenses such as fuel and parking. The group gets the rest to cover Meetup fees.