Walks Programme

Below is our summer walks programme, with walks ranging from 4 - 10 miles on the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, Somerset Levels, Mendips and Blackdown Hills.

Warning

Unless otherwise stated, all walks are on a Sunday. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early for a prompt start. Please bring a picnic lunch and plenty to drink.

Car

Walk leaders are not responsible for arranging transport to and from the start of walks, please use the Facebook group to arrange lifts. There is no guarantee of a lift-share and members turn up at their own risk of missing out on a walk. Passengers should be prepared to contribute to fuel costs.

The following icons indicate the difficulty of the walk and the type of event:

EasyEasy ModerateModerate HardHard
Date Walk
28th May 10.30am Bath: from sub-Terra to Skyline

This is a circular walk from Bath taking in a section of the Kennet & Avon Canal, travelling below ground and on high ground along the way. The walk crosses Bathwick Green with great views over the city before continuing along part of the National Trust's Skyline route and then dropping down to the canal. After 4 miles of the canal, we return to the centre of Bath via the Two Tunnels Greenway which includes the longest cycling tunnel in Britain.

Meet outside the south side of Bath Railway Station. Odd Down Park & Ride is a good option if you come by car.


Distance  13 Miles Moderate
4th June 10.30am Shepton Mallet

A moderate walk beginning through ye olde Shepton Mallet then following in the footsteps of the Romans on the Fosse Way, onto Ham Woods, the viaduct and returning via Windsor Hill Tunnels.

Park and meet at Commercial Road Car Park, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5PU. Parking free on Sundays.


Distance  7 Miles Moderate
11th June 10.30am Ash Priors, Combe Florey and Lydeard St Lawrence

A pleasant ramble through woods and fields with some fine views over towards the Quantocks.

Park and meet in car park on Ash Priors Common (there are two, use the one that is further towards Bishops Lydeard and is in trees). Option of liquid refreshments afterwards in Bishops Lydeard.


Distance  8 Miles Moderate
Friday 16th June 6.30pm Circular walk around Norton Fitzwarren & Bishops Hull

A lovely evening stroll around the villages of Norton Fitzwarren and Bishops Hull - through fields and quiet lanes.

Please park and meet at Somerset Heritage Office, we will have a pub stop on route in Bishops Hull.


Distance  4 Miles Easy
18th June 10.30am Watersmeet

We will follow the south west coast path from Countisbury to Lynmouth, taking in the breath taking scenery of the Exmoor coast. We'll then have a wander through pretty town of Lynmouth. Before following the Lyn Valley to Watersmeet National Trust tea room and stopping for a well earned cream tea. Then we will ascend to Countisbury through the stunning and coastal sessile oak woodlands for a drink at the Blue Ball pub.

Please park at Barna Barrow car park of A39 near Countisbury, on bend before Countisbury. Please note you will drive up a short track before reaching the car park.


Distance  8 Miles Moderate
25th June 10.30am Mells & Nunney

A walk through Woodland and along rivers, passing through delightful villages. Free car park in Nunney on Castle hill road, near to castle.

Free car park in Nunney on Castle hill road, near to castle.


Distance  8 Miles Moderate
2nd July 10.30am Staple Fitzpaine Herepath

This is a circular walk in the Blackdown Hills with spectacular views. The Herepath follows trails through woods, fields, off road tracks, and quiet country lanes. We will stop during the walk for drinks at The Farmers Arms in West Hatch.

Park and meet at Castle Neroche car park (free), Buckland St Mary. Directions are as follows: From Taunton, take the B3170 through Corfe then turn left at the crossroads at the top of the hill sign-posted to Chard. Castle Neroche car park is 3 miles. Car park is sign-posted from the road.


Distance  13.5 Miles Hard
9th July 10.30am Haddon Hill Circular Walk

Starting Haddon Hill car park passing Wimbleball dam, following the river Haddeo to the village of Bury, returning through Haddon lane to the top of Haddon Hill.

Meet at Haddon Hill car park. Car park has toilets and donation box. Possibly drinks at Lowtrow Cross after.


Distance  6 Miles Moderate
16th July 10.30am South West Taunton Circuit

A ramble up Cotlake Hill, passing through Trull, Rumwell and returning via the West Deane Way through Longrun Meadow.

Park and meet at Fons George car park, Wilton Lands (by Vivary park and golf course). Free on Sundays.


Distance  8 Miles Moderate
Friday 21st July 6.30pm Croscombe to Dinder

A steep rise out of Croscombe to join the East Mendip Way, back through the pretty village of Dinder. There is an opportunity for a drink in The George Inn afterwards.

Due to restricted parking around the pub. Please park on the west end of Fayre Way (a road running parallel to the A371). Meet at the post box.


Distance  3.5 Miles Moderate
23rd July 10.30am Goblin Combe

Mostly a woodland walk, passing through diverse Woodland with many points of interest.

Free car park at the bottom of Goblin Combe, on Cleeve Hill Road.


Distance  8 Miles Moderate
Saturday 29th July 10.30am Bristol and Clifton

On this walk we will walk past, and over, a number of Bristol landmarks such as the ss Great Britain and Cabot Tower. We will have our picnic lunches on the green overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge. After the walk, we can enjoy refreshments at one of the many cafes on the Bristol Harbourside.

Meet outside the main entrance to Temple Meads Station. Suggested car park, Wapping Wharf. £4.50 at the weekends


Distance  7 Miles Easy
Friday 4th Aug 6.30pm Glastonbury Tor

A summer evening walk up Glastonbury Tor. Returning through lanes and fields for post-walk Fish & Chips at Knights Restaurant, 5, Northload Street. All members welcome to walk, but numbers for Fish and Chips limited to 15. Please let us know in advance to reserve a plaice.

Park and meet in St Dunstan’s car park (adjacent to the Abbey entrance), Magdalene Street, Glastonbury. Parking free after 6pm.


Distance  4 Miles Moderate