u3a Group Details

Walking

Week 1, Wednesday 10.15 for 10.30 start

Venue: Various

Leader: Norman Andrew     

Tel: 07940 812514     Email: norman.andrew2@outlook.com

The latest walk details appear below.

Please note, no dogs are allowed on walks.

All walks undertaken at your own risk.

Next Walk on ... Wednesday 5 October

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Details, Maps, and Photos, of previous walks

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Autumn 2022

Street September 2022

Slightly longer than usual around 5 miles and about 2.75 hrs depending on weather and pace, rest stop etc. 

Start /End … The Bear Inn, Street, BA16 0EF. 

This lovely walk is mainly on public footpaths and public tracks….However, unusually, we are fortunate that we can complete the circular walk by crossing some private farmland with permission (gained by Sandra) of the land managers.

You will likely encounter some cattle in a couple of fields.  The route is completely flat with excellent views of the Tor in particular. The direction is towards Butleigh. 

Charlton Adam September 2022

Approximately 4.25 miles and about 2.5 hrs. 

Start / End … The Fox & Hounds, Broadway Road, Charlton Adam, TA11 7AU

This straightforward circular walk of 4.25 miles is predominantly flat, with one short stretch of downhill which is single file and a bit ‘tricky’ so recommend walking poles but the views at this point are spectacular overlooking ‘The Gallop’ where race horses are trained and Somerton…… so will stop here for our break as it is literally halfway.

The terrain is tarmac, gravely/stony paths, and fields.

Summer 2022

Burrow Mump August 2022

Approximately 4.25 miles and about 2.5 hrs. 

Start/End … King Alfred Inn, Burrowbridge, TA7 0RB (or Burrows Mump car park) 

This straightforward circular walk of 4.3 miles is all flat, with one really short bank to get up (easily?)… Except…….we will climb up to the top of Burrows Mump first…. for the views. Quite steep and not a great distance. 

We then follow tracks and paths with no stiles and several “Bristol” gates. There is not a great deal of shade if it is sunny. Walking boots are probably best.

Wookey July 2022

Start/End at the Wooley Hole Inn car park

We start off flat, then moving to a slight incline and a small wooded area, across fields to a steep climb up the Mendips but at your own pace. We then descend back to Wookey Hole, completing a circular route

There are four tallish stiles and the terrain is quite rocky in places. Walking poles and good boots are advised. This is a challenging and rewarding walk led by Elaine who has a lot of local knowledge that she will share with you.

En-route, we will go through “Split rock quarry” where films have been made.

Ashcott June 2022

Start/End at the Ashcott Inn

The walk is a circular one which I did today (as a geo-caching walk) and I recommend suitable clothing for nettles and overgrowth. There are a couple of slightly difficult stiles and I will carry my secateurs because brambles may re-grow in a few places by next Wednesday.

However…The majority of the route is on tracks and tarmac. There are some small gradients but pretty flat overall.

Cheddar June 2022

I have reccied the route and found it ok.

If it should rain then a section of the route could become muddy so I recommend waterproof boots. There are a couple of standard stiles, and few “Bristol” gates to step through enjoyable and varied. It is a level walk; mainly on gravel tracks with a couple of fields, and offers great views of the Mendips and Cheddar reservoir. We will walk a section of the reservoir and the “Strawberry Line”.

West Pennard June 2022

There is one steepish hill over a field near the start of the walk then a flat mixture of tracks and tarmac until a steady decent to complete the circuit. The elevation provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside, the Tor, Glastonbury festival site, etc,

There are no stiles.

We will stop about half way round for a banana break.

Wells May 2022

Start and finish from the Bishop’s Palace entrance, Wells. We will walk along the moat to Tor Hill Woods and take the East Mendip Way through to King’s Castle Wood. Then we pass the entrance to Sharcombe Park and go down to the lovely village of Dinder, returning though the recreation ground and across fields to the starting point.

There is one hill near the start of the walk on a good track, then a mixture of lanes and field paths which might be  muddy in places. Sue Gearing in Mendip Times calls the walk ‘A good winter warmer’. 4.5 miles, about 2.5 hours walking

Maunsell Lock May 2022

This walk will build on the successful and enjoyable one we did on the 09th March 2022

We will take a different route which will be very flat. Another straightforward walk which I found very enjoyable. 

We take an anticlockwise route passing through Northmoor Corner going north on tarmac/gravel paths and then fields to join the canal. Then we follow the towpath back to the start.

This route is 3.45 miles.

Shepton Mallet April 2022

The walk starts at The Thatched Cottage Inn, which has a large car park.

The first section of the walk of about ¾ mile to just north of the church is quite level. From the below the Church we wind our way through passages across the river and climb up the other side to reach the old railway track. 

 

That is a fairly steep climb, but the next section back to the A37 is level and very pleasant.

Just before getting to the track is a good place for a break. We go down the track a short way before cutting down across fields to near the foot of the viaduct and walking back around to the pub.

The route is just under four miles.

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