Gay Outdoor Club
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Somerset Levels & Hills in early Autumn

25 Sep 2017 | Somerset Group

Starting just outside the Youth Hostel, which looked rather like a Swiss Chalet, we descended a fairly steep woodland path to reach the base of the Poldens. After passing a typical Somerset orchard we walked along level paths and minor roads, with views along the hills in the distance, until we reached the lovely village of Dundon with some thatched roof cottages and St Andrew’s Church, which has a yew tree outside certified to be 1700 years old and some interesting features inside. We sat around the tree to eat an early lunch as we had received weather reports earlier in the day that there may be rain later in the afternoon. After lunch we climbed Lollover Hill at about 90 metres to experience an all round view of the hills in the distance, from Glastonbury Tor to Mendip in the north and the Blackdowns and Quantocks south of where we stood. After descending back to the village of Dundon, we followed the paved church path some distance to Compton Dundon, another pretty village with well kept gardens where two of our walkers purchased bags of pears that were left by the roadside for sale. We then climbed up the hill to reach the Hood Monument, a memorial to Admiral Hood (1724-1814) who had a reputation for being a successful and effective commander. Horatio Nelson was serving under him in a raid in Toulon in 1793 when he lost the sight in one eye, but went on to use Hood’s tactical ideas to good effect in the battle of Trafalgar. After a short walk along the ridge and passing through Collard Hill, an area known to be a home for rare large blue butterflies and enjoying views to Brean Down and Brent Knoll to the west, we made our way back to the car park outside the Youth hostel at about 3.15pm. Fortunately, the weather turned out to be warm and dry throughout the whole of the walk and although the conditions were cloudy, the views were extensive. Many thanks to those who came to the walk and made it such an enjoyable day out.

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