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Snakes in Warm Weather

Due to the warm weather Adder snakes have been spotted in the New Forest. See the pictures below.

Adders in the New ForestAdders in the New Forest

Please take care while walking. 

Welcome to our Group/Area Website

The Wiltshire Ramblers currently total some 1,300 members divided into 6 groups, one of which is our young persons group for 20 to 40 year olds. Our groups work towards the charitable aims of Ramblers in different ways, but one thing they all do is organise programmes of led walks within Wiltshire and its neighbouring counties, and they will be pleased to welcome you.


With its two World Heritage sites at Stonehenge and Avebury, Wiltshire must surely rate as 'The Ancient Capital of England'. Together with the unitary authority of Swindon, it is a delightful landlocked county, bordering Berkshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

Characterised by high downland and wide valleys, most of which are in the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the North Wessex Downs, and Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, there are magnificent walking opportunities along our 3,790 mile network of public rights of way and 66,700 acres of access land.

Wiltshire boasts world class gardens, historic houses and a masterly cathedral all set in glorious countryside. Meander along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal or take a leisurely wander through our market towns. We also have eight white horses carved into the hillsides at Alton Barnes, Broad Town, Cherhill, Devizes, Hackpen, Marlborough, Pewsey and Westbury, all of which are accessible from footpaths.

The Ramblers exists to facilitate, for the benefit of everyone, the enjoyment and discovery that walking outdoors can bring; and to promote respect for the life of the countryside. The association encourages walking; protects rights of way; defends the beauty of the countryside; and has campaigned for many years for the freedom to roam over uncultivated, open country. 

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Area Map

Wiltshire Ramblers' Area ChippenhamWest WiltshireSouth WiltshireMid-WiltshireNorth-East WiltshireHampshire RamblersAvon RamblersDorset RamblersGloucestershire RamblersOxfordshire RamblersSomerset RamblersBerkshire Ramblers

To All Members intending to lead Walks through the Longleat Estate

As no doubt you are aware, the Management of the Longleat estate have been concerned over the last two years or so, to improve security on the Estate. On the other hand, as Ramblers, we have been concerned to maintain access for walkers on the Estate as far as possible at the same level as applied previously. Since the programme of June/October 2012 we have requested walk leaders not to offer walks through the Restricted Area, except for a trial walk in November 2013. As representatives of WWR Group and Wiltshire Ramblers Area committee, we did manage to arrange meetings twice with Longleat Management to discuss how access could be facilitated without impairing their security aims, and we did agree not to bring our led walks through a Restricted Area near the House while we negotiated a workable system for authorising access for lead walks. It now appears that Longleat management prefer an informal system of notification for led walks and so we should resume leading walks within the Longleat Estate as and when we wish. We will keep Longleat management up-to-date with our Walk Programmes as they are issued, and will advise them suitably when walks are intended to pass near the House with the proposed itineraries. However, you may be stopped by Longleat Security in the course of their duties, so please have your Ramblers membership card available when recceing or leading a walk within the area near Longleat House. Security officers will probably advise you that the estate paths are not public Rights of Way. However they should allow you to continue your recce if you explain what you are doing. Please do note, though, that dogs are not allowed anywhere near the main House, or the Safari Park attractions. In case of any queries, please contact Brian Micklam or Peter Mundy of West Wilts Ramblers

Walking in the countryside safely with your dog

Guidelines on how you can walk safely with your dog have now been provided by Natural England. Details of these guidelines can be found here

If you would like to read more information from Natural England then please visit their website.

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