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Event Reports from Somerset Group


At the foot of the Blackdowns

25 Nov 2018 | Devon, Somerset Groups

After the rains of the preceding Saturday it was nice to welcome 10 hikers and 2 dogs for the walk. It was a cloudy start and with a chilly wind we set off on our ramble along grassed lanes, fields and tracks. Several stretches were damp and muddy underfoot which didn't dampen our enthusiasm.

We stopped for a quick lunch break under some old beech trees, a carpet of autumnal coloured leaves softened our weary legs while we enjoyed our sandwiches.

After lunch we continued towards Wellington and encountered a disused quarry and what appeared to be an old abandoned canal....
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Mendip Hills around Harptree - Sunday 28th October 2018

29 Oct 2018 | Somerset Group

With the benefit of an extra hour in bed, a dozen cheery walkers assembled on a chilly, but bright sunny morning in the woodland parking area on the Mendip Hills above East Harptree.

Before setting off, David gave us an excellent introduction to the walk, including what we might see and advice that we would be tackling gradients of up to 40 per cent! The first landmark was the 70ft Smitham Chimney, the only remaining part of a lead smelting works, which extracted lead from previous slagheaps, in use between 1867 and 1875....
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Cheddar Valley Railway Line & Winscombe

23 Sep 2018 | Somerset Group

A slight sense of foredoom amongst the seven of us at the start of the walk as the forecast was for heavy rain most of the day after heavy rain the day before - an expectation of much mud and more rain. However, not very long after we set out the rain eased and then stopped and the sun came out to what turned into a lovely warm day.

Our walk took us from Winscombe along part of the "Strawberry Line" and through a railway tunnel then up onto the open hills with good views over the countryside and coast with clear views of Weston-Super-Mare and the Welsh coastline further in the distance....
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Forde Abbey Visit & Walk - 19th August

20 Aug 2018 | Somerset Group

A cheery group of people and lovely Scrabble the dog set off from Thorncombe on the five mile walk with a halfway point of a visit to Forde Abbey. The forecasted light rain was not in evidence and the weather was good for us all day.

A gentle walk through the fields and country lanes of the area got us to the Abbey where we spent some three hours taking in the House and Gardens...and the Tea Room of course.

All too soon it was time head off for the second part of the walk through country fields and lanes back to Thorncombe....
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