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Crook Peak walk, Sun 16 February 2014

Click on first photo to see a slide show.  All photos kindly taken by Mark M.

Thirteen walkers from the Somerset and the Wilts/Glos/north Somerset local GOC groups met on a sunny and mild day at 11.00am.  The car park on the side of the road which skirts the south western flank of the hill was quite busy, but everyone  who attended was able to find a space.  The morning part of the walk was along the foothills of Crook Peak/Wavering Down, via the typical Mendip village of Compton Bishop (where there was a stop to visit the church, the grounds of which were full of snowdrops in flower.), to Cross, passing a house once lived in by Frankie Howerd and subsequently we had a short stop for lunch in the village, across the road from one of the pubs which was not due to open until later that day. 

In the afternoon, we climbed up a path going in a northerly direction, through King's Wood to a car park on Winscombe Hill, very near to the A38 and then westerly following a well defined path along the borders of Somerset and North Somerset to Wavering Down (at 211 metres the highest point on the walk) and subsequently on to Crook Peak (161 metres) where there were good views across the Severn Estuary to Wales, along the coast to Minehead and Dunkerry Beacon, across part of the Somerset levels to Glastonbury,  and further round in a more easterly and northerly direction, good views of Cheddar and other parts of the Mendip Hills.  The descent  from Crook Peak back to the car park at the starting point took about 30 minutes, with good views over  Compton Bishop, and to the south and east, the Somerset Levels.  We did observe some flooding near  Glastonbury on the Somerset levels, but the main area of flooding being on the other side of the Polden Hills was not observable. However, apart from some mud on the lower paths, the ground conditions were fine for walking the selected route.  The walk finished at about 3.30pm.


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