Newsletter - May 2019

I have a shorter newsletter for you this month, not least because the group has been busy preparing for this year's Pewsey Downsaround (PDA). I've also delayed its publication so I can congratulate everyone who took part in the event, either as a competitor or as an organiser. Next month's newsletter will hopefully contain a report from the PDA, including photographs and feedback.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate those group members who recently completed the Shropshire Way 80K, the Dorset Giant (including the Marshals Walk), and the Capital Challenge.

In this month's newsletter:

  • Hadrian Hundred;
  • Black Pear 50;
  • Walking With Poles
  • Recommended Reading - OS Puzzle Book; and
  • Forthcoming Walks



Hadrian Hundred


From Lesley Bellis:

"A message to all Wiltshire LDWA entrants and volunteers. We are providing you with a special edition polo shirt with our logo on the left side and the event logo on the right. Please can you let Andy Todd know as soon as possible what size you require so he can get them ordered in time for the event.

I have heard from the organisers that there will be WiFi at our checkpoint, so we can track/record entrants using the Pacer system.

Those entrants who have specific dietary requirements are being requested to bring their own food which will be moved on their behalf between checkpoints. We will be serving hot drinks, soup, rolls, tray bakes, crisps etc ... ."




Black Pear 50


Mike Buckley from Heart of England commends this route to you:

"This figure-of-eight walk covers a scenic route in north Worcestershire, within easy reach of Birmingham. Passing the Kinver rock houses, it reaches the Severn-side town of Bewdley via part of the Wyre Forest. It follows the Severn Valley and then James Brindley’s Staffordshire Canal to reach Stourport-on-Severn, and then passes historic Hartlebury Castle and Harvington Hall to return to the start in Hagley. The second, shorter, loop takes walkers over the Clent, Waseley and Lickey Hills, with their extensive views. Regular train services from Hagley allow the walk to be broken down into shorter sections. Click HERE to download the route description."



Walking With Poles


A person who is 5' 6" and weighs 155-165 pounds and walks with a stride length of 70-80% of their height (4.76 feet or 2.3 feet per step) at a 3 mph pace will experience 192 pounds of peak force per foot strike. Over the course of a mile, this accumulates to 425,856 pounds of peak force transmitted to the lower extremity. Research has shown that by walking with poles an individual can reduce the force per foot strike by about 2-4% (5.76 pounds of peak force). Thus over the course of that same mile, the lower extremity is spared approximately 6 tons of peak force.



Recommended Reading - OS Puzzle Book


OS Puzzle Book

The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book was 2018's bestselling xmas gift book. Track down hidden treasures, decipher geographical details and discover amazing facts as you work through this unique puzzle book based on some of the Ordnance Survey's best British maps.

The maps in this book have been selected for a significant reason – whether that is a noteworthy moment in national history, a rare geographical feature or a site of special cultural interest – and you will find descriptions, along with the map source, accompanying each one to explain. Then there are the questions. The puzzles are designed to make you look a little closer and dig a little deeper into the detail of each map, unearthing what you might have missed at first glance and testing how far your skills will take you.

There are a total of 40 maps with hundreds of questions in a mix of word puzzles, search-and-find clues, general knowledge questions, connection-making conundrums and various mathematical, map skill and navigational challenges throughout. These are split into four levels of difficulty, from easy to challenging - if you get stuck the answers are included in the back of the book.




Forthcoming Walks


Finally, here's the usual 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
Wed 1st May 2019 Oxford May morning Group c15ml. Thames Valley
Thu 2nd May 2019 Litter Pick Group c10ml. Bristol & West
Sun 5th May 2019 A walk with history Group 15ml. Wiltshire
Sun 5th May 2019 Stour Valley Way - Leg 2 LINEAR WALK Group 21ml. Dorset
Wed 8th May 2019 An evening stroll around Brinkworth Group 6ml. Wiltshire
Thu 9th May 2019 Walls and more walls Group 17ml. Bristol & West
Sat 11th May 2019 Ridgeway 40 Walk Challenge 40ml. (Non LDWA)
Sat 11th May 2019 Walk and Wessex AGM Group 10ml. Wessex
Sun 12th May 2019 Hard Mud Wren Up Group 24ml. Dorset
Thu 16th May 2019 Follow The Monarch Group 16ml. Wiltshire
Sat 18th May 2019 Dursley Gateway Group 16ml. Bristol & West
Sat 18th May 2019 Winchcombe Way Challenge Challenge 21ml. (Non LDWA)
Sun 19th May 2019 Does the Shoe Fit Group 20ml. Wiltshire
Sun 19th May 2019 Does the Shoe Fit? Group c20ml. Bristol & West
Sun 19th May 2019 Varied Walking from Ewelme 3 Group c22ml. Thames Valley
Wed 29th May 2019 Away with the rabbits! Group c14.5ml. Thames Valley


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That's it for another newsletter. All our newsletters are available via the Wiltshire LDWA website. 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.

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA