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Radstock Railway Ramble 20 Sept 2020

A small but perfectly formed 5 mile walk was enjoyed by a small but perfectly formed Covid19 friendly group.

Departing the town of Radstock in the heart of the former north Somerset coal field, the walk followed the repurposed trackbed of the Bristol and north Somerset railway as far as Midsomer Norton. Leaving the railway path behind, the route wound through a number of uninspiring yet not unpleasant residential streets. With the Victorian Midsomer Norton cemetary, St. John's church with it's memorial to a mining disaster, St. Chads well & memorial garden and the Silver street nature reserve, this section was not without interest.

Lunch was taken overlooking the Somerset & Dorset railway heritage centre. Staffed by an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers, the heritage centre consists of the old Midsomer Norton south railway station and a short length of reinstated track.

The return to Radstock followed the former Somerset and Dorset trackbed, crossing the previously walked Bristol & north Somerset trackbed on the impressive Five Arches Viaduct.

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