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.

We ask all walkers to contribute to the cost of running this meetup group by means of small donations per walk of up to a £1.

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

This group is organised and run by a group of organisers, and no one individual has total control. We have a committee which meets regularly, to decide the direction the group takes.

The organiser name, "Wiltshire & Swindon Organisers" isn't a single person, but a collective of organisers who have access to this account. You might think it odd that no one person is in control, and we are not here to mislead people. It is merely to prevent any one person having a monopoly of control, as well as ensuring that one person doesn't do all the work as is often the case. Also if one organiser wants to move away, dies, leaves the country or whatever, the group is sustainable.

The group's previous organiser, David Preston, who organises many of the events wanted a break from being the person in charge, but will still continue to organise events.

Upcoming events (4+)

Pewsey to Wilcot, Sharcott Canal 6.5 Mile Walk

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Park in the North Street/Bouverie Hall car park.

Bring refreshments.

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.

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History Walk - Wilton & Hare Warren Bunker 7 Miles

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£2.00

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.
http://wiltontown.com/feature/italianate-church/

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.

http://www.wiltonshoppingvillage.co.uk/

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.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1417594

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/51.05868,-1.87854,7/pin

https://mapservices.historicengland.org.uk/printwebservicehle/StatutoryPrint.svc/482010/HLE_A4L_NoGrade%7CHLE_A3L_NoGrade.pdf

https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/super-zero-bunker-salisbury-june-2013.81173/

https://www.forestryengland.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Cranborne%20Chase%20and%20North%20Dorset%20Forest%20Plan%20Hare%20Warren.pdf

https://gridreferencefinder.com/os.php?x=408601&y=128794<=51.058424&lg=-1.8786512

£2 per person to cover the groups running costs. Pay to RSVP

No limit on walkers.

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7mile walk-Battlesbury & Scratchbury

Needs a location

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

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Group Notice - Cancellation of walks due to Knee Injury

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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.

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Past events (491)

7.0 mile circular walk from Ford to Figsbury Ring, Salisbury.

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