28 Jan 2018 | Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Groups
Walk from Nunney.
Fourteen walkers of fortitude and courage and one very well behaved dog turned up at the car park in Nunney in cloudy conditions with some drizzle. After a brief visit to the remains of Nunney Castle, sadly sacked during the Civil War, we set off through the village and followed a path which ended up alongside Nunney Brook, which was in full spate following heavy rainfall over the last week or two. Banks of snowdrops and well-developed catkins on the trees indicated that Spring is not far away. After crossing the brook, we climbed a short hill and followed paths through fields until reaching mossy and fern covered Railford Bottom and then through woods which followed and then rose up above Fordbury Water, where we stopped for lunch. Fortunately the drizzle had stopped by this time and we were able to enjoy the glimpses through the trees down to the water at the bottom of the valley far below. After lunch, we made our way along some further tracks and passed by a limestone quarry, into a third valley called “the Combe”, where once again the brook was in full flow and at one point there was a short scramble to higher ground to avoid the water. We then walked back into Nunney, past the Old Guard House, which used to be used as a prison for miscreants and we were in good time to visit the local tea room, which served a good range of cakes. Many thanks to all those who came to this walk and made it an enjoyable event in spite of the indifferent, though mild, weather and some rather muddy paths.