In spite of the ominous weather forecast ten walkers assembled outside St John the Baptist Church in Keynsham. In the event, there was some drizzle at times during the walk, but the temperatures were very pleasant and the views of the surrounding countryside quite extensive. Before commencing the main walk, we visited the nearby roman ruins and site of Keynsham Abbey.
Once outside Keynsham, just after passing almshouses built for the widows of soldiers killed in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, we followed tracks and paths to Queen Charlton, a pretty village green surrounded by stone cottages and an imposing parish church. We had our lunch here, on the green, among the pretty spring flowers and to the sound of birdsong.
After lunch, we followed country lanes to Chewton Keynsham, a Somerset village noted for its black glazed “Bridgwater” roof tiles and lovely gardens featuring a variety of spring flowers and splendid magnolia trees in full flower. We then followed the River Chew, through meadows, to Albert Mill which was the last working dyewood mill in the country until it shut in 1964. Many of its features have been retained in the new housing development.
Our route then took us further along the river into Keynsham, where we found a pleasant cafe to enjoy afternoon refreshments and a chat.
Many thanks to those who came to the walk and made it an enjoyable event.