(WE01) Chippenham Group
Where the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) meets the Wiltshire Downs can best describe the charming area in which the Chippenham group regularly walk.
The town itself was founded over 1000 years ago and was the royal hunting lodge for Alfred the Great from where he pursued his fight against the invading Danes. In the Middle Ages corn mills made way for the prosperous wool trade and famous cheese market. The town flourished on the stagecoach route between Bristol and London and with the coming of the Great Western Railway.
West of Chippenham are the exquisite "picture postcard" villages of Castle Combe and Biddestone, complete with village green and duck pond. To the south is the National Trust-owned village of Lacock.
Our fortnightly Sunday walks typically range from 5 to 10 miles. We meet in Chippenham so that we can car share to the start of the walk and give members without cars a lift. This enables us to take as few cars as possible.