Footpath Group

At the Parish Council Amenities meeting of the 26/9/2016, it was agreed unanimously to delegate the promotion of use and any footpath maintenance issues to the Downton Society Footpath Group. The Footpath Group will report back any issues, raise working parties and work in partnership with the Parish Council Amenities committee. The Footpath Group has walked the Parish paths and beyond for over 10 years; members have worked together with the Parish Council to obtain grants for kissing gates, and to help Wiltshire Council install them over the Southern Wiltshire area.

The Footpath group runs a regular itinerary of walks – usually twice a month on a Saturday morning – and anyone is welcome to join. They range in distance between 3- 8 kms, and it is recommended that walkers bring a drink & snack & wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please remember to bring some money if the walk involves bus journeys or pub visits. Well behaved dogs are always welcome to come along too! Walks are cancelled in bad weather.

Walks have been temporarily suspended because of the Covid pandemic, but we will resume an autumn itinerary as soon as government guidance allows.

If you would like to raise any issues about the state of stiles or any parish path issues, or have more information about the walks itinerary, please contact:

Susan Barnhurst-Davies
The Downton Society
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For details of the Circular Walk, click here for the route instructions, and here for the map.