Newsletter - April 2018

Happy Easter

It's that time of year already. The beast from the east has come and gone ... twice! Spring is finally here, Easter is nearly upon us, and the Wiltshire group of the LDWA is preparing to host its popular, annual challenge event, the Pewsey Downsaround (PDA) on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

In this month's newsletter:

      The latest on the arrangements for the PDA;

      A last call for volunteers for the Ridgeway 40;

      More on our plan to install a commemorative kissing gate;

      The revised timetable for the Cotswold Way walk;

      Orders are now being taken for Wiltshire LDWA-branded clothing;

      It looks like it's going to be a ceilidh to celebrate our 25th anniversary; and

      This month's walks in and around the county.





Pewsey Downsaround (PDA)


There have been a couple of updates to the list of volunteers since the recent e-mail:


Checkpoint Location
Opening Time Closing Time Volunteers
1 Knap Hill Car Park (SU116637) 0900hrs 1300hrs
  • Bruce Barclay (CP Manager)
  • Wendy Hughes
  • Alan Voyce
  • Steve Barr
2 Calstone Wellington (SU027683) 1030hrs 1330hrs
  • John Walker (CP Manager)
  • Jo Walker
  • Graham Instrell
  • Bea Therin
3 Avebury Sports and Social Club (SU102697) 1100hrs 1615hrs
  • Adrian Crocker (CP Manager)
  • Guy Vowles
  • Roger and Pauline Swift
  • Steve Peers
4 Draycot Farm (SU142629) 1100hrs 1745hrs
  • Roger Pounder (CP Manager)
  • Sandra Pounder
  • Malcolm Christie
  • Steve Carver


The Scout Hut will be open from 0615hrs onwards and HQ staff are requested to arrive then to assist with setting up. Usually the first entrants will arrive soon after. The CP boxes will be ready for collection from 0700hrs. CP Managers are to ensure they provide chairs and tables.


HQ Desk Kitchen Checkpoint Boxes
  • Steve Braithwaite
  • Clive Frankham and Mel Moden
  • Sheila Hanson
  • Paul Hopkins
  • Andy Todd
  • Lesley Bellis
  • Carol Holmes
  • Kathy Layton
  • Clare Staff
  • Lesley Bellis
  • Clare Staff
SI Entries Car Park Monitors Sweeper (From CP3 to HQ)
  • Carol Holmes
  • John and Jo Walker
  • John Walker


Thank you in advance to all the volunteers this year. For those members who are unfamiliar with the event, the PDA 2018 information page is available to view by clicking HERE. There is still time to enter.



Ridgeway 40


From Paul Hopkins:

"We still need a few more volunteers, please. This popular one-day 40-mile challenge event along part of the Ridgeway National Trail from Overton Hill to Goring attracts around 250 entrants who walk, run or even drag old tyres (don't ask!). This year's event is on Saturday 12th May and the organisers are looking for volunteers for the checkpoints. The checkpoints are only open during daylight hours and volunteers are paid expenses for petrol.

If you want an enjoyable and sociable day out supporting this great event, please volunteer by contacting me at"



Remembering Mark Rendall


Graham Instrell, Lesley, Andy and I recently spent a second day looking for suitable locations for a kissing gate to commemorate our late chairman's life. We managed to identify three possible locations, all of which are on one or more of the PDA routes. There was one particular favourite, which the Footpath Officer who covers the north of the county for Wiltshire Council had recommended that we visit, following Graham's initial meeting with him.



Cotswold Way


From Bea Therin:

"Well the snow certainly stopped play in relation to the Cotswold Way, the beast from the east has meant that the dates have all had to be moved as follows:

  • Sunday 29th April 2018 - Stage 1 - Chipping Campden to Cleeve Hill. 23.5 miles.
  • Sunday 22nd July 2018 - Stage 2 - Cleeve Hill to Painswick 24.4 miles
  • Sunday 29th July 2018 - Stage 3 - Painswick to Wotton-under-Edge 22.3 miles
  • Sunday 30th September 2018 - Stage 4 - Wotton-under-Edge to Cold Ashton 21.7 miles
  • Date to be advised - Stage 5 - Cold Ashton to Bath 10.2 miles (with  tour / ice cream / cake stop)

At the moment there are no spaces left for Stage 1 but there are still spaces for Stage 2 onwards. Please let me know if you want to join. I'm really hoping that we’ll now have sunshine for the remainder of the year, but something tells me this is the UK, so beware of icy hailstones in July!"

Further details are available via the Future Events section.



Wiltshire LDWA Clothing


Your committee is putting together another clothing order on behalf of the Wiltshire group. On this occasion we are offering:

  • Gildan Dryblend Polo Shirt, with a choice of digital or embroidered logo at £10;
  • Henbury Coolplus Wicking Polo Shirt with a choice of digital or embroidered logo at £15; and
  • Russell Full Zip Fleece Jacket with an embroidered logo for £20

Each of the aforementioned items is available in a range of sizes and colours.

To make life easier for everyone, orders are being taken via a simple online store which will also accept card payments. Who said we can't enter the 21st century? It is intended to have the first order ready for the PDA. The deadline for ordering is Sunday 8th April 2018, so please get your orders in as soon as possible.

To order your clothing go to and enter the password 'LDWA'. The web site will show you stock pictures of the items, colours, and a picture of the logo.

If you would like to see a sample of the logo then please talk to Andy Todd on a walk. Alternatively if you have any questions please contact



Celebrating Our Silver Jubilee


Celebrating 25 Years of Long Distance Walking in Wiltshire 1993-2018In the absence of any further suggestions regarding ways to celebrate our 25th anniversary, the committee is going to organise a ceilidh. Details will follow in upcoming newsletters.










Forthcoming Walks


Finally, here's a look ahead to all the group walks and challenge events that are taking place this month within a 50-mile radius of the geographical centre of Wiltshire.


Date Name Type Mileage Organiser
Sun 1st Apr 2018 A Fools Walk Group c20ml. Thames Valley
Wed 4th - Sun 8th Apr 2018 Chepstow Walking Festival 2018 Walking Festival   (Non LDWA)
Sun 8th Apr 2018 Kennet & Avon Canal Group 28ml. Wiltshire
Sun 8th Apr 2018 The Boozy Angel Group 19ml. Bristol & West
Sun 8th Apr 2018 The Monmouthshire Way Part 7 Group 16ml. South Wales
Sun 8th Apr 2018 Two Kings, a Ring, a Monk and a Witch Group 20ml. Dorset
Sat 14th - Sun 15th Apr 2018 Wye Forest 50 - Event Full Challenge 52ml. Bristol & West
Sun 15th Apr 2018 West Berkshire downs and lower circuits Group c20 or c15ml. Thames Valley
Sun 15th Apr 2018 Without this it would all come down Group 19ml. Wiltshire
Wed 18th Apr 2018 A walk for well-being and health - Event Details Updated Group c15ml. Thames Valley
Thu 19th Apr 2018 Two in One Group 15ml. Wiltshire
Sat 21st Apr 2018 The Bath Beat Challenge 26.7, 21, 17 or 12.5ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 21st Apr 2018 Walk & Wessex AGM Group c9ml. Wessex
Sun 22nd Apr 2018 Harry and the Heath Group 20ml. Dorset
Sun 22nd Apr 2018 Pewsey Downsaround - Event Details Updated Challenge 35, 26.6, 17 or 10ml. Wiltshire
Sun 22nd Apr 2018 To Towersey Group c22ml. Thames Valley
Sun 29th Apr 2018 A Wander in the West Group 18ml. Dorset
Sun 29th Apr 2018 Cotswold Way – Walk 2 - Event Details Updated Group 24.4ml. Wiltshire
Sun 29th Apr 2018 The Three Peak(let)s Group 17ml. Bristol & West



That's it for another newsletter. If you have anything to contribute to future editions, please can you get it to me by the 20th of each month. I look forward to seeing you out on our group walks this month. Enjoy your Easter break ... those of you who are still working for a living!

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA