WALKERS from around Wiltshire have made tracks in Calne as they took part in a six-mile ramble around the town's old railway line.

Nearly 200 regulars from the Get Wiltshire Walking group set off for the springtime stroll from Calne Leisure Centre. The group is run by Wiltshire Council to promote healthy living and encourage more people to exercise in the great outdoors.

John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: "We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful counties in the country, and there is no better way to enjoy than by rambling around its rolling acres.

"It is also a brilliant and free way of getting great exercise, and the council is pleased to support this fantastic group that gives so much pleasure to so many."

The Calne trek was the first in a series of Get Wiltshire Walking challenges scheduled this year.

There are currently 26 weekly led walks in 18 locations throughout the country and there is no limit to the number of walks you may take part in.

Each walk has a regular starting venue on the same day and time every week, with the routes taken on the walks often changing.

Get Wiltshire Walking offers different walks for different abilities. Starter walks last about 20 minutes and are on flat, stable terrain with frequent breaks, stroller walks last between 45 and 60 minutes with regular pauses across variable terrain, and strider walks are 60 to 90 minutes long across variable terrain and may contain hills.

After the walk, many groups often have coffee and a chat together.

For more information about walks in your area, please visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/getwiltshirewalking.