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Event Reports from Somerset Group


Cheddar Valley Railway Line & Winscombe

23 Sep 2018 | Somerset Group

A slight sense of foredoom amongst the seven of us at the start of the walk as the forecast was for heavy rain most of the day after heavy rain the day before - an expectation of much mud and more rain. However, not very long after we set out the rain eased and then stopped and the sun came out to what turned into a lovely warm day.

Our walk took us from Winscombe along part of the "Strawberry Line" and through a railway tunnel then up onto the open hills with good views over the countryside and coast with clear views of Weston-Super-Mare and the Welsh coastline further in the distance....
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Forde Abbey Visit & Walk - 19th August

20 Aug 2018 | Somerset Group

A cheery group of people and lovely Scrabble the dog set off from Thorncombe on the five mile walk with a halfway point of a visit to Forde Abbey. The forecasted light rain was not in evidence and the weather was good for us all day.

A gentle walk through the fields and country lanes of the area got us to the Abbey where we spent some three hours taking in the House and Gardens...and the Tea Room of course.

All too soon it was time head off for the second part of the walk through country fields and lanes back to Thorncombe....
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Double Waters where the rivers Walkham and Tavy meet.

6 Aug 2018 | Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset Groups

Meeting on the edge of western Dartmoor north of Plymouth, 13 intrepid walkers gathered for the walk co-ordinated by Roy and Ian. The weather was warm and sunshine strong as we headed off towards the two rivers of Tavy and Walkham. With views into Poldark country, thoughts turned to six packs and dark fur. Back to reality the walk followed a track to the junction of the two rivers in a wooded glen for a short break before heading upwards to moorland and another descent to our stop by the river for food and refreshments....
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Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury & Corton Denham - 22nd July 2018

22 Jul 2018 | Somerset Group

On a hot and sunny day - but with much welcome breezes on the higher ground - ten of us gathered at the base of Cadbury Castle to start a 6.5 mile walk of the area. It was nice to see both familiar and some new faces to the Group.

After a fairly gradual climb to Cadbury Castle and then getting used to the views there was a brief rundown of it's history, to discover that one of our group had been involved in an excavation of the site and was able to give us all an insight to what had happened there. Then down the path to do the remainder of the walk....
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