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Fyne Country and Quantock Foothills – Sunday 24 February 2019

Sixteen people and four dogs came to enjoy the pleasant scenery of the rolling Quantock Hills.  Sadly, Fyne Court  House  was burned down in 1894 when a candle was left unattended, but our group gathered in the car park near to some of the remaining buildings in bright sunshine.

After passing the walled garden and the Duck Pool farm buildings we made our way along a quiet country lane and footpath onto Broomfield Hill where the gorse was just coming into flower and we could see the rolling hills around us, before crossing over the main road between Bridgwater and  Bishops Lydeard by the Travellers Rest pub.  Passing a small group of pretty Somerset cottages, we  made our way to a rather muddy bridleway.  Fortunately,  this  was much drier than it had been during the trial run due to the exceptionally dry and warm weather over the last two weeks and no-one seemed to be too covered in mud by the end of this part of the walk.   We  had our lunch stop at the top of Cothelstone Hill where it was pleasantly warm and, although it was too misty to see the distant views, we had good views of the pretty countryside that more closely surrounded us.

After lunch, we made our way back along part of the MacMillan Way, first dropping gently down to  Ivyton Farm and then climbing fairly steeply along  a hedged track which brought us back to the entrance to Fyne Court.  We arrived just in time to enjoy tea and cakes at the National Trust cafe before saying our goodbyes and making our way home.

Thanks to all those who supported this walk and made a very worthwhile and enjoyable day.


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