About the Marches Group

We are a Local Group of the National Long Distance Walkers Association(LDWA). Our members belong to the LDWA who live along the Welsh Marches and in the English Counties of Shropshire and Herefordshire.  Our membership tops 200,  including some very experienced walkers with experience of many “Hundreds”, International events, Long Distance footpaths, and peak bagging

Find us

We have regular social/business meetings in the Compasses Pub that is to be found by the side of  the A49 in Bayston Hill about 3 miles South of Shrewsbury. We welcome anybody to come along to one of these: those who would like to help us organise and oversee our activities, or those who just wish to share experiences or seek advice.

Our History

Our group was founded in 1978 and we are proud in  our history of having organised four of the annual “hundreds” that are the flagship events of the LDWA. These have been the Marchesman of 1990, The Shropshire of 1995, the Cant Canolbarth of 2007 and the Housman  of 2011. Ever ambitious we  added organisation of the Wenlock Olympiad Walks(the WOW) of which there have been  three   50 milers and a 100 miler.  

September always features the Tour de Marches, originally known as the the Wistanstow Challenge.  Starting and finishing at the beautiful black and white Wistanstow Village Hall, this 26 miler is ideal preparation for the Longmynd Hike.

The South Shropshire Circular is one of the most challenging winter LDWA events.  A new route each year, only disclosed on the day with no opportunity for reccying.

We always celebrate Christmas with our Bran Tub walk on the closest Saturday before the 25th.