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Event Reports from Somerset Group


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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Clevedon and Walton-in-Gordano - 24th June 2018.

30 Jun 2018 | Somerset Group

As forecast, we had 24+degrees and glorious full sun for the Clevedon walk, so were thankful for what sea breeze there was. 14 of us set off from Grade I listed Clevedon pier and did a figure of 8 through the Gordano Valley, including a drop down to Layde Bay and stretches of coastal path. The shade of the wooded inland sections was welcome and it turned out that the nettles and brambles that had been encroaching the week before during the test walk had conveniently been cut right back. We scuttled across the golf course fairways a couple of times and a few of us paused in one damp meadow to admire an expanse of spotted orchids....
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Holford and the Quantock Moors

23 Apr 2018 | Somerset Group

We were especially lucky with the weather which was fine and sunny with a mild breeze. After a short walk through the village of Holford and having crossed a delightful wooded dell we began a slow climb up the hill along the edge of the Alfoxton estate. At the top, on the moors, there were fine views of the estuary and, beyond, the barely perceptible Welsh mountains. We eventually reached the trig point where the views become truly panoramic and the westerly stretch of coastline including Minehead was visible....
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