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 (5)

Full Moon (almost) - Evening walk near Shaftesbury

Around 7-8 miles of beautiful rural countryside with no roads. No torches or mobiles! The idea is to walk by the light of the full moon. If the weather is good, the skies here are really clear. The full moon is very bright. I'll make a decision on whether to run the walk after looking at the weather forecast in the afternoon. Book on the walk now to ensure a place and then call me in the afternoon to confirm it is going ahead. I'll only cancel if it is going to be wet or very overcast. Meeting at my office - there is masses of parking outside. Any questions - My number is[masked]

Are you a dog walker who loves to walk and talk? BBC Bristol would like a chat!

Are you a dog owner based in Bristol who loves to walk and talk? If so get in touch - BBC Bristol is looking for some chatty dog lovers to talk about all things topical - how are you feeling about Christmas? Does your pet hate loud noises at Halloween? Are you following the US election? What's your best coping strategy in the pandemic? We are hoping to speak to some dog owners who would be interested in taking part in a group dog walk on Tuesday 9.30am somewhere in Bristol. It would be for a pre-recorded tv segment that would go out later in the week on Morning Live, BBC One. The group of 5 would have a socially distanced chat on topical issues going on - anything from how you feel about Christmas to how you cope in the pandemic. If this is you and you're free this Tuesday at 9.30am please get in touch at [masked] For more details. I have not shown any other details as you will need to contact Alyson first. Sent on behalf of BBC Bristol. Dog walkers only. Walkers without a dog not allowed to participate sorry.

Wansdyke Path Part 1 - 5 Miles Reccy (last walk before lockdown 2)

Pewsey Downs Car Park

Parking at the Knapp Hill car park - titled Pewsey Downs on the map, this short 5 mile walk runs along the course of the Wansdyke trail. This is a series of walks covering the whole length where possible to transverse of the Wansdyke. The excellent website http://www.wansdyke21.org.uk/wansdyke/wanwesteast/westeast.htm describes this old route in more detail. Part 2 is 8 miles, Part 3 is 11 miles and subsequent walks are being plotted... Watch this space. Posted walk on day prior to lockdown commencing at Midnight on the 5th.

All November Walks postponed till further notice from 5thNov

If you haven’t already heard the news about the second lockdown from Thursday assuming it’s voted in parliament, there will be a lockdown in England till Wednesday December 2nd. The rules state no mixing households indoors and you can meet only one other person outdoors during this time. The walks will be postponed to a later date. If the lockdown continues into later December and beyond, walks in these months may be postponed. Keep safe everyone.

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