In 2018, Christine Rolt took on the 'Walk for Wiltshire' challenge to walk all of our nature reserves in order to raise money for us. 

Her walking adventure of 250 miles across 38 nature reserves took over 3 weeks to complete, and she raised an astonishing total of £3,600 which was split between Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Salisbury District Hospital. 

Her walk started on the 12th March 2018, in the south of Wiltshire at our Langford Lakes Nature Reserve and then on to Middleton Down, before heading to the Nadder Island, Devenish and Cockey Down nature reserves in Salisbury.

From here, she continued on to Landford Bog and Blackmoor Copse, with friends by her side, and then on to Coombe Bissett Down, Middleton Down and Oyster's Coppice.

By the 21st March, Christine had already covered 96 miles across our reserves in the south of Wiltshire, and so began moving northwards on her journey along Dunscombe Bottom and Smallbrook Meadows, where she had never ventured to before.

By the 26th, she reached the halfway point and had reached more of our woodland reserves including Biss Wood, Widbrook Wood, Vincients Wood and Penn Wood. She also visited Conigre Mead and Roundway Orchard. 

On the 28th March, Christine had covered 180 miles across Wiltshire and had just 8 days of walking left to complete. She visited Peppercombe Wood, Hat Gate and Jones' Mill in Pewsey.

On the 31st March, Christine ventured even further north of Wiltshire to Ham Hill, High Clear Down and Clouts Wood.

The final length of the journey was across our group of smaller reserves in the north, before finishing the adventure at Blakehill Farm. 

Christine said:

This has been an amazing personal journey for me on many levels.  The fact that I have been able to walk around Wiltshire almost entirely on footpaths and quiet lanes, often seeing no-else all day, is in itself quite something.  Every day brought a new reserve, large or small, always unique and with some very special reason for being in the WWT portfolio.  I have met some wonderful volunteer wardens who are just so knowledgeable and dedicated.  Above all I have learnt so much more about WWT.  The charity is not just about looking after these special places.  Outreach work plays a significant part of their work, far more than I had realised, engaging with a broad range of people of all ages, backgrounds and needs. 

Why not do something similar for us with your friends?

You can read more about Christine's story in her blog here.