Tisbury village lies in the heart of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB. The surrounding countryside has stunning landscapes and natural beauty to explore and enjoy. The extensive network of footpaths and bridleways takes you through fields, woodland, open country and picturesque villages. It’s a great place for walking.
We work hard to preserve and maintain our local footpaths, preserving routes, installing and repairing gates and stiles, way marking and clearing vegetation. Volunteers carry out regular maintenance works on the second Monday of each month and work in conjunction with Wiltshire Council’s Senior Footpath Warden for South Wiltshire.
South Wilts Group has over 300 members and is managed by a committee of twelve, elected annually by the membership. Our dual functions are organising a walks programme and keeping footpaths open and accessible. We also have a programme of social activities.
Newcomers are very welcome to join one or two walks on a trial basis. We walk on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and most Wednesdays. We also welcome volunteers to assist the Heavy Gang installing gates and footbridges or the Light Gang clearing overgrown footpaths. We work in partnership with Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Officer and can report an impressive number of paths cleared and hours worked.
Our busy programme of walks is dependent on walk leaders coming forward and we always need more. We can arrange training opportunities such as map-reading and first aid. The Group tries to keep up to date with local developments, particularly changes in policy which might impact on the accessibility of footpaths or the opportunities for walking in South Wilts.
We collaborate with Salisbury Walking for Health.
We have several club walks every week which are free to join. Everybody welcome! Our website has over 300 free-to-use public transport friendly walks, complete with directions, maps, and GPS data for you to download and enjoy.
The south east is criss-crossed by public footpaths which can take you to wildflower meadows, heathland, castles, historic houses and gardens, ancient forests, country villages, cosy pubs, medieval churches, beaches, and unspoilt countryside. All an hour or so from London by train. Get walking!