Christine is walking 240 miles around every WWT nature reserve to raise money for Salisbury District Hospital and WWT. This will take Christine over three weeks to complete. You can help support her by going to her fundraising page here: 

Christine is keeping us updated throughout the walk in her blog below: 

Sunday 18th March 2018

I have been defeated by the weather today.  Heavy snowfall overnight means we are marooned at home and the weather towards Shaftesbury, where I would be walking, is even worse.  It will put me back a day but I will catch up time later in the trek.  I walked the dog to our local wildlife area called Lime Kiln Down instead!

Friday and Saturday, however, went according to plan.  My route over the two days took me from Downton over to the Coombe Bissett reserve and then on to Middleton Down via the Ox Drove.   From there I walked up to the Old Shaftesbury Drove before wending my way to Oyster’s Coppice.  After the gentle landscape of the New Forest I was back to the rolling downs of South Wiltshire.  It was glorious walking although bitterly cold on Saturday.  I came across wild violets, primroses and celandine, heard corn bunting and skylarks and caught sight of a lapwing and lots of chaffinches.

The Coombe Bissett reserve is my local reserve and as we walked through we met WWT’s Chelsie and Mike doing some clearance with the Adult Wellbeing Group.  It was good to meet them all.

Middleton Down reserve is in a beautiful spot just below the Ox drove, one of many old drove roads in the area.  You walk down a picturesque valley with old oak trees.  Really lovely, with cattle grazing.

I loved Oysters Coppice.  A beautiful stretch of ancient woodland with delightful pond and wild daffodils.  I even heard an owl.  Bluebells and wild garlic were growing apace and will provide a wonderful carpet of colour soon.  Another reserve, relatively close to home, that I will return to soon.  


Thursday 15th March 2018:  

I have now walked 76km and visited 6 reserves.  Only 31 reserves to go!

The last two days have had a different feel as the Wiltshire downs gave way to a gentler, wooded landscape on the edge of the New Forest.  Beautiful walking the whole way although lots of very wet, slippery paths!

Yesterday I walked with a friend through the remains of Clarendon Palace, along the Clarendon Way to Pitton.  Then on to Blackmoor Copse.  We had both been there before and it is as delightful as ever.  We were just thinking about lunch when we found a picnic table.  Perfect.  A very atmospheric reserve with lots of bird song.  There were lots of little green shoots among the leaf litter, another reminder that spring is nearly here.

Today was a ‘green’ day as I managed to get a bus to the start in Whiteparish and from the end in Downton.  The first day walking on my own but I was in high spirits as I set off.    Landford Bog was new to me and more or less how I had imagined it.  It is a tiny remnant of the old Landford Common.  The gorse was just starting to flower, attracting a number of bees.  The landscape of the reserve is quite atmospheric and once again I found a good picnic spot.  I hunted for the raft spiders in the pools but I think it is probably much too early in the year.  I have yet to see any frog spawn this year.


Tuesday 13th March 2018:

"At last my walk is underway.  I have completed 2 days, walked 39km and visited 4 reserves. 

Tamsin (WWT) had organised a great send off for me and my friends from the wonderful Langford Lakes Reserve.  A lovely walk followed, walking up to Grovely Woods and on to Wilton and then on to Nadder Island in Salisbury.  Nadder Island is inaccessible but can be viewed from the banks of the River Nadder.   I did not spot any birds but did see a little clump of daffodils coming into flower on the island.  Spring really is on its way.


The second day took me up past Old Sarum to the Devenish Reserve.  A big thank you to Richard Death who was there to greet me and give a tour of the reserve.  I was very taken by the Balwen sheep.  Richard was a mine of information about the flora and fauna of the reserve and we spotted a scarlet elf cup which was exciting.  We also saw some recent coppicing and ingenious deer proof enclosures woven by volunteers.  I can’t wait to go back at leisure and explore every corner of the reserve.

A lovely sunny walk followed over to Cockey Down.  Most of this walk was along the ‘Monarch’s Way’, a lovely grassy track which was easy to follow.  This reserve is probably best visited in the summer months to catch the flowers and butterflies but great views across Salisbury can be guaranteed in all seasons!"

Sunday 4th March 2018:

"There is only 8 days left until the start of my ‘Walk for Wiltshire’ and I am anxiously watching the weather forecasts.  It looks as if it should be considerably warmer by then, so fingers crossed.  I will be walking approximately 240 miles around Wiltshire, visiting each and every one of the 37 Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserves along a route that I have researched myself. This is a unique challenge and one I am expecting to take at least 3 weeks to complete.

The ‘Beast from the East’ has played havoc with my training schedule.  My target for this week was to cover 70km over 5 walks but it is going to be nearer 15km.  I did manage to walk this morning but it was really hard work and I kept hitting snow drifts.  I have some special anti-skid attachments for my boots which help over icy patches.  I hope that they will not be necessary when I start the trek. The highlight today was seeing a fieldfare in the garden on my return.


I have been so encouraged by the interest this walk has generated.  Every single sponsorship, however small, gives me a real buzz.  How kind and generous people have been.  I know that both of my charities will spend every penny wisely so do please add to my sponsorship if you can.

I start walking on the 12th, accompanied by a few friends on the first leg.  I am getting quite excited now. Everyone is welcome to come and see me off from Langford Lakes at 10.30 on the 12th."

You can help support Christine by going to her fundraising page here: