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Devizes Xmas Walk and Lunch (38232)

Event Overview

Join us for a brisk walk on the downland near the charming honey stone market town of Devizes. Our walk starts from the car park adjacent one of the 7 white horses of Wiltshire and nearby.  These figures cut in the chalk hillsides invariably date back many hundreds of years but are maintained for the future. The walk is on exposed ground please review the 'what to bring tab' and be well kitted out for the winter weather.

Afterwards we will adjourn down the hill to The Bridge Inn at Horton and share a xmas meal together The pub is on the canal close to o...

Join us for a brisk walk on the downland near the charming honey stone market town of Devizes. Our walk starts from the car park adjacent one of the 7 white horses of Wiltshire and nearby.  These figures cut in the chalk hillsides invariably date back many hundreds of years but are maintained for the future. The walk is on exposed ground please review the 'what to bring tab' and be well kitted out for the winter weather.

Afterwards we will adjourn down the hill to The Bridge Inn at Horton and share a xmas meal together The pub is on the canal close to our walk and a few miles outside Devizes. The meal is optional should you wish to head off but your place MUST be pre-booked using the related events tab below. Dogs welcome. NB There are 15 available places for this.

There's a lot of history about these hills with Oliver's castle Iron Age hill fort, various burial mounds and the site of The Battle of Roundway Down of 1643, during the First English Civil War. You can imagine the deafening  sound of galloping horses and muskets.   Roundway Down and Oliver's Castle are just north of Devizes and now form part of the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

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Saturday 16 December 2017 PM

16 December, 2017
14:00 to 16:00

Devizes Xmas Lunch - Reservation

To book a place (table reservation) for the meal please join this sub event. Please do not hold a place unless you are definitely attending after the walk. The menu is below. Please note it may be necessary to pre-order the food from the start of the walk. The leader will arrange this.

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Devizes Xmas Lunch - Reservation

16 December, 2017 - 14:00 to 16:00
£0.00

What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Bring an energy bar and a hot drink with you. We will be eating afterwards. (See event description) 

Meeting & Times

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OTHER USEFUL INFO

To book a place on this event Log in and click the 'Book Now' button.  If you are unsure you can make it, please use the ‘Interested’ button instead. 

Event limits and Waiting Lists: 1) Limits on numbers are set to satisfy our insurers, and by popular consent. 2) If the event is full when you register, you will appear on the 'waiting list'. 3) Places often become available and are filled on a first-registered, first-served basis. 4) The waiting lists do not move up correctly due to a fault with the website. Therefore, if you can see there are enough spaces available on this walk for everyone, please, just turn up on the day. Many day walk events do have space when the day comes along.

Changes of plan: Please make sure you are able to go. If circumstances have changed please be courteous and un-register quickly! This will free up a space for someone else.

Is this event for me? The walk difficulty indicator gives an idea of how fit you need to be and has 20 positions on an underlying national scale; a walk graded near the green end will suit almost everyone, whereas a walk near the orange end will be faster paced, longer or hillier and require more stamina. If you are unsure, contact the leader in advance for advice.

What about the weather? Outdoorlads events usually go ahead whatever the weather. If you are properly kitted out then rain, cold, or wind won't bother you. If there’s a severe weather warning and we do postpone, the event page will alter to clearly show this at least 12 hours prior, and the leader will send you a private message. In case of doubt, always check the website before setting off.

If you can't make it and it is too late to un-register: There is no need to call the event leader, but it may mean someone else looses out. So an apology left below on this event page or sent to the leader would be appreciated.  A 'failed to attend' note may otherwise be logged against your profile.

Travel and lifts: If you can offer a lift or need one, please use the event forum below. NB The anticipated end time cannot be guaranteed so if buying pre-timed tickets for return travel allow plenty of margin.

If you are late: The group will normally set off at the advertised time.  Latecomers keep everyone else standing about, and upset the event timing meaning people miss trains home etc.  To make sure you are not left behind leave plenty of time for the journey. Sometimes there is a cafe nearby where you may bump into others.

During the event: Please keep with the group. People who go on ahead or lag behind can create problems for the leader and others taking part. If you have a problem do tell the leader straight away; if you need to drop out there may be a place you can wait for a lift, or even catch a bus back. If you need to stop briefly please tell someone, so you are not left behind.

Route plans: Please note the leader may modify the route on the day due to various factors. Please do not try to rendezvous with us, as we cannot guarantee we will be anywhere at a particular place or time.

If it's your first event: Don't worry! Outdoorlads members come from all walks of life and are as varied as our events. You will meet some nice mates and have a great time. The Event Leader will ensure you are made welcome and introduced to others. Do feel free to message the leader and ask to meet beforehand if you wish.

Afterwards: Why not send the leader your best photo, and he may put it on the event page to share with others. If you have ideas for other walks, please share them with the leader or area coordinator. You can of course also message people you made friends with, using the links on the 'who's going' tab.


Event Reference No:
38232