The 2016 Cotswold Challenge will take place on Saturday 24th September 2016.

Full details & entry is now available here

It is with deep regret that we announce that Barbara Williams died on 3rd March following a brave battle with ovarian cancer. Barbara was a long standing active member of Bristol & West who will be sadly missed.

The family have asked that those who wish to make donations to TARGET OVARIAN CANCER via

Barbara & Suzy leading a group walk in the Forest of Dean 2008

Barbara [Hill as she then was] first walked with B&W on 5th October 1986, although I didn’t meet her until her second walk on 1st March 1987.  After giving her a lift to the start we ended the day in her flat drinking tea and were friends from then on.  Barbara met Brian on a Malvern Marshals’ walk [which he was gate-crashing] and subsequently married him in September 1989, again in Malvern, with Barbara posing fetchingly in her wedding dress and walking boots.

Over the years Barbara helped on many of the B&W challenge events, notably organising the finish meal on the Brecon Beacons 100, steaming the paint off the ceiling in Cradley Village Hall, arranging for 250 part cooked quiches to be delivered to the Wyche Institute (and then making a run for it) but most of all perhaps for her seemingly never ending supplies of chocolate fudge and fruit cake.

She was a regular walker with the group until her illness reduced the distances she could manage and she completed many challenge walks, including 10 hundreds.  She continued to walk shorter distances, usually with Brian and Suzy, and still provided food for challenge events.  We will all remember her cheerful approach to life, both before and after she became ill, and she will be sorely missed by everyone.  Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Brian.


link to Suzy's walk.





2015 WyeForest 50 Full Results & pictures

The next WyeForest 50 will take place in Spring 2018.




About the LDWA

About the Bristol & West Group

A Bristol & West social walk: come & join us.

View pictures of some of our activities

Originally the LDWA was organised in area regions. The South West Region was chaired by Tony Rowley. In 1975 it was decided to form a local group and due to a lack of imagination it was known as the South West Group. The first Group walk took place in 1975 and we celebrated our 25th anniversary by duplicating that walk in 2000. 

Eventually under the chairmanship of "Mac" McArthur the group took on the name Bristol & West in 1977. The very first Challenge event organised by B&W was the Malvern Midsummer Marathon which became a classic event.

The Bristol and West Group membership reside in Somerset, Bristol & Gloucestershire and walk in the area roughly covered by Somerset, Gloucestershire, parts of Herefordshire & Worcestershire and Wiltshire. This includes the Mendips, Cotswolds, Forest of Dean & the Malverns with occasional forays into South Wales to the Brecon Beacons. However, it should be mentioned that these areas overlap that of neighbouring groups which prospective members may like to join. Our LINKS page gives details of other groups.

View the area the Bristol & West group are walking  between Jan 2013 & Jan 2014


Click the map graphic to view the Ordnance Survey OpenSpace mapping which you can pan & zoom to clearly see the area we are walking in.  Please be patient whilst the page loads. This is only intended as a guide to visitors of the area we cover. Full details of all our walks including a map of the start location will be found on the Group Diary page. The OS Open Space mapping can be used to view any part of the country if you are planning a visit. You can also print maps from this feature.

The group now organize just two challenge walks in the area, the Cotswold Challenge which is 25 & 26.5 miles and  the WyeForest50, a 50 mile challenge walk in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. The WyeForest 50 walk was held in April 2012. It is the second of three walks which form the South West Triple Challenge. The other walks are organised by the Cornwall & Devon group and the Dorset group. Each of these walks will take place every three years and completion of all three walks in consecutive years will entitle the walker to a triple challenge certificate.

Members who do not take part in challenge walks are still encouraged to help with the group's challenge walks. You will find that marshalling is an enjoyable and sociable day out which is most rewarding without getting blisters.

We also have a comprehensive diary of social walks throughout the year. The members also organise Group Weekends usually at a Youth Hostel or Camping Barn to enjoy a program of walking in pastures new. Some members also organise holidays abroad to enjoy walking together in other lands.  A few of our group activities & member's achievements are recorded on the Grapevine page

We publish a regular Group Newsletter to keep members informed and amused. This newsletter is now available on line via the B&W Members only page & by email. Members with items for the newsletter can e-mail them from here.

If you are a keen walker and would like to find out more about us then please come along on one of our social walks. Check out our Group Diary page for details of the walk programme. 

You will find that we are a friendly group of people with varied interests, ability and backgrounds. We welcome prospective members to join us on a few of our walks. Once you have checked us out we would encourage you to join the National Organisation if you are not already a member (see link below). 

You can join the LDWA online, please click on this link:-  

Those living in the post code areas BS, BA, TA & GL will be assigned to the Bristol & West Group.

We also like to see walkers from other groups who may be visiting our beautiful area.

This year challenge yourself to walk a bit further, walk with & support your local group and take part in a Challenge Event .

To help you achieve your personal goals please check the Challenge Walks page. 

If you are a Bristol & West member please volunteer to help on these events.


Happy Walking

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