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The AMESBURY AMBLE is held on the second Sunday in October with a choice of 10/20/30 or 40km [6/12/19/25 mile] routes.  The walks are over footpaths, bridleways and quite country lanes mainly to the south of Amesbury.


After a couple of weeks of dry weather the routes were easy going with little or no mud encountered.  The early morning starters on the long route set off in sunny conditions which continued throughout the day ensuring a warm sunny day for most of the entrants. Although the wind picked up during the morning conditions were just about perfect for the 100 or so entrants.  Good conditions meant that some of those doing the 25mile route were back not long after lunchtime.

The 25 mile route set off with a loop out towards Bulford before joining up with the other routes mainly to the south of Amesbury, past Boscombe Down Airfield before dropping into the Woodford Valley.  The two longer routes  went as far south as Durnford Manor, with views of the two resident camels in the grounds, before climbing up above Middle Woodford. After crossing the River Avon again at the picturesque Durnford Mill the walkers then made their way across Amesbury Down before walking through the grounds of the Abbey and back to the Sports Centre.

Six checkpoints around the routes kept walkers well supplied with drinks and light refreshments during the day. 

Having organised this event, first as the Carnival Walk and later as the Amesbury Amble, for nearly 30 years finally time has caught up with the organisers and regrettably this will be the last one - unless new faces come forward to take over some of the hard work put into organising the event.


2016 Amble