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Current walks programme (till end July 2019).
You can download the programme December to March programme as a pdf here. And April to July 2019 here.



Explanation: CP: Car park; VH: village hall parking. NT: National Trust. PH: pub.
All mileages are approximate. 9.30*am: (note the asterisk) means meet at Crescent Car Park, Taunton to car share.
A contribution towards the driver’s expenses is advised, at the rate of 28p/mile - suggests RA HQ - shared between all occupants.
Medium walks:
The letters (MED) denote walks of seven to nine miles in length led at a more relaxed pace. Rendezvous: The figure below the date/time of walks is the grid or map reference for the location of the walk’s starting point. To learn how to read a grid reference, please click here.

Telephone numbers for walk leaders: unless otherwise indicated all numbers are preceded by 01823 when calling from outside the Taunton area.
Walks with the headline in green denote
linear walks (ie walk in one direction, transport to return or occasionally the reverse) and involve advance booking via the leader to book coach or train transport. Be warned that dogs (or even hounds, amazingly) may not be permitted on hired coaches.

Holidaymakers (RA members): please join us if you're in our area so we can show you a bit of beautiful Somerset (and Dorset and Devon).


Note the colour coded blocks to enable you to swiftly pick out your preferred days.

Colour code key Wednesday afternoon walks: 4˝ - 6 miles, with varying degrees of difficulty (see walk details) Friday evening walks: 4 - 5 miles, always followed by an optional meal Sunday all day walks: 10 - 12 miles, occasionally more: expect hills. Sunday afternoon walks: 4˝ - 6 miles, with varying degrees of difficulty (see walk details)

Dog walkers please note: Taunton Deane is one of the few RA groups that even allow dogs to accompany their owners. If you do bring along Man's Best Friend (no, that's not The Wife) please act responsibly by keeping your dog under close control. The walk leader has the right to insist that any difficult dogs are kept on a lead. Thank you.

If you rely on a SatNav to find the start then you will need to convert the grid reference to a Latitude/Longitude that can be inputted. There are several websites that will do this for you: one is here.

Late alterations to the printed programme are shown in red (also listed on the Late News page).

Those who think that Striding Edge is a bit, well, challenging should rush to watch Free Solo, an unbelievably tense documentary on Alex Honnold's climb of El Capitan in Yosemite. 4000ft of sheer granite. No ropes or pegs used - just his fingernails. Suggest you take a sick bag/valium - even perhaps a blindfold.
Stop Press: it won an Oscar last week.


 

"Good brakes promote bad driving": Herbert Austin (1866 - 1941)
Fri 22 Mar
17:00
ST107193 TA21 0HB
Beambridge Circular
4 miles, moderate.
Meat (meet?) at the Beambridge PH, Sampford Arundel on A38. Optional meal after
Richard M
669080
Sun 24 Mar
12:00
SS793486 MEDIUM
Brendon Common & Doone Valley Approx 8 miles, moderate/hilly. Tea option. Park/meet at County Gate CP Note earlier start time Joint walk with all-day walkers Janice & Alan
C 257337

Wed 27 Mar
14.00
ST302206 TA3 6SG

Hatch Beauchamp, Wrantage and the Chard Canal.
3.5 miles, easy but with one steep descent. Muddy in places.
Roadside parking in Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp; meet in front of the Hatch Inn.
Lynda K
480814
Take care: Friday March 29th is Der Tag we leave the EU - or possibly not.
Fri 29 Mar
17:00
ST107193, TA21 0HB.
Changed walk: Out from the Beambridge
4 miles, moderate.
Meet at The Beambridge Inn. NB This is a different walk from that run on the 22nd March
Philip B
275348
Sun 31 Mar
14:00
ST396183 TA19 0NQ
SHORT
The Barrington Court Pan Handle
3 miles, easy, with some stiles & 2 short climbs; via Shepton Beauchamp (dogs on leads please)
Park in Barrington Court NT overflow CP (free). Follow brown signs if using sat-nav
Robert W
07974 866030
Sun 31 Mar
*09:40/10:00
ST275255
Out of Creech St Michael
Around 10 miles, easy. There might be tea somewhere!
Meet @ canal side CP.
Claire & Terry
442661
Clocks go forward 1 hour at 01:00 on 31 March 2019
Wed 3 Apr
14:00
ST256253 TA1 2LR
Taunton Waterways
Walk 5½ miles approx, fairly easy. River Tone to Ruishton, then on to Creech, Bathpool, Bridgwater Rd and along the River Tone to Hankridge River Park. Meet Hankridge Farm Retail Park. Parking outside Halfords
Ann W 01460 54622
Ian F 01460 55839
Fri 5 Apr
18:00
ST139204 TA21 8NR
Semi Urban Wellington Walk
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional meal after at Green Dragon)
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Sun 7 Apr
*08:40/10:00
SX720769 TQ13 7TA
Dartmoor from Widecombe in the Moor
Approx 10 miles, moderate/hilly.
Park at Widecombe CP
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Sun 7 Apr
13:30
ST022435 TA24 6LG
LINEAR
England Coast Path - Stage 1: Minehead to Blue Anchor No trains running so meet at Blue Anchor
5 miles, easy.
Park at Blue Anchor, the station end sea-front, then half the cars will drive to Minehead. (ie Car share but don't fill your car as there won't be room to carry everyone. Geddit?).
Judi T
07870 871057
Wed 10 Apr
14:00 ST137435
TA5 1EJ (nearest)
East Quantoxhead & Quantocks
5½ miles, easy/moderate with a couple of inclines. Nice views!
Park/meet at East Quantoxhead church CP, opposite the duck pond – honesty box Tea option at The Chantry Tea Gardens, Kilve
Kim A
336784
Fri 12 Apr
18:00
ST283429 TA6 4SS (closest)
Pawlett Hams Wetlands
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet near Pawlett Barrage Balloon Hanger (Roadside Parking at entrance to Nature Reserve) (Optional meal at The Pimpernel)
Lyn B
07970 772613
Sun 14 Apr
*09:00/10:00
ST477590 BS40 7AT
A walk in the Mendip Hills
About 10 miles, moderate Taking in a ruined mansion, an Iron Age Hillfort and lots of lovely views
Meet at Burrington Combe on the B3134. Park in the CP planted with trees, just before the Burrington Inn with a ‘Bicycle Shop’ notice
Daphne H
254151
Sun 14 Apr
14:00
ST151289 TA4 3LZ
Out from Ash Priors towards Pyleigh
4-5 miles, moderate with one long slope & several undulations.
Park at end of Ash Priors common near West Ash Farm
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Wed 17 Apr
14:00
ST259127 TA20 3RS
Bishopswood & Buckland St Mary Circuit
3½ miles, moderate
Park/meet at The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood. Street parking if not eating
Joy C
282827
Fri 19 Apr No walk offered: if you wish to offer a walk please contact Mike W  
Sun 21 Apr
*09:30/10:00
ST140366 TA4 4AR
Easter on the West of the Quantocks
10 - 11 miles, moderate including a steep up. Includes the ridge and the railway line
Meet at Crowcombe village CP
Bridget H
01984 623621
In Jan 1903 Edison electrocuted an elephant that had killed three keepers at Coney Island. Why? To prove that his method of electric power - DC - was superior to the rival AC. Copper shoes were fitted to the poor creature's feet. He also toured the States rounding up stray cats and dogs and putting them through the same treatment as what could be called a sales aid. Fortunately AC won the day.
Sun 21 Apr No walk offered: if you wish to offer a walk, please contact Janice C  
Wed 24 Apr
14:00
ST246159 TA20 3RA
Staple Hill and Staple Park Wood
5 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Staple Hill CP
Lynda K
480814
Fri 26 Apr
18:00
ST260282 TA2 8NP
West Monkton Circular
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Monkton Inn PH, West Monkton (Optional meal after walk)
Kim A
336784
Sun 28 Apr
*09:15/10:00
ST190396 TA5 1LW
Out from Nether Stowey east towards Fiddington Approx 10 miles, moderate.
Meet at Nether Stowey CP by the Library
Jane L
07779 142227
Sun 28 Apr
14:00
ST302113 TA20 3NG
East of Combe St Nicholas
5½ miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet on village green; roadside parking
Philip B
275348
Wed 1 May
14:00
ST151289
Ash Priors to Coombe Florey via Denbury Wood About 5 miles, moderate
Meet at Ash Priors Common
Dave G
451275
Fri 3 May
18:30
ST069080 nr EX15 2AA
Walk around Kentisbeare
3 miles, easy with one gentle incline. Grass and road walking.
Meet at Kentisbeare VH CP (Optional meal after walk at The Wyndham Arms, Kenstisbeare)
Susannah & Jo
01884 821286
01392 882283
Sun 5 May
*09:00/10:00
ST541348 BA6 8RL
Baltonsborough via East Pennard
Approx 10½ miles, moderate.
Claire & Terry
442661
Sun 5 May
14:00
ST032435 TA24 6JP LINEAR
England Coast Path - Stage 2: Blue Anchor to Doniford Halt 4½ miles, moderate. Walk to Doniford Halt & catch the 17:21 train to return. Meet by the church, road parking in cul de sac Park at eastern end of Blue Anchor seafront (free) Judi T
07870 871057
Wed 8 May
14:00
ST189176 TA21 9LW
Out from Quants Nature Reserve
4½ miles, easy/moderate, woods and fields.
Meet at entrance to Nature Reserve near Angersleigh and Lowton. Limited roadside parking. Post code is nearest.
Lynda S
07942 230453
Dot M
270773
"Hello, I am from Britain, you know, the one that got tricked by a bus"
Fri 10 May
18:30
ST419266 TA10 9PG
A Fishy Walk From Langport
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at Main CP, Langport (far end) (Fish & Chips, etc., Supper on river bank, or bring own picnic. Bring your own drink too!)
Gill L
331474
Sun 12 May
*09:00/10:00
SS977002 EX5 3LE
Killerton and Ashclyst Forest via Clyston Mill
11½ miles, moderate Tea option in the NT cafe.
Meet NT CP, Killerton. Charge for non-members.
Jan F
270018
Sun 12 May
14:00
SS993437 TA24 6SL
Aller Hill from Dunster
5 miles, moderate/hilly.
Park at Dunster Castle NT CP (£4.50 for non-members)
Michael B & Joyce L 274827 or 432182
Wed 15 May
14:00
ST111372 TA4 3TR (nearest)
Stogumber circular from the Station
5½ miles, easy/moderate. Circular walk
Park/ meet at Stogumber Station on the West Somerset Railway. Limited parking, please car share.
Kim A
336784
Fri 17 May
18:30
ST217221 TA3 7LG
A Walk From Trull
3½ - 4 miles, easy/moderate
Meet at The Winchester Arms CP, Trull (Optional meal after walk)
Jackie H
07590 334676
Sun 19 May
*08:45/10:00
SY393954 DT6 6RF
Up, along and down to the sea at Charmouth - back along the River Char. 11 miles, some hills midway. Meet Whitchurch Canonicorum VH. Donations please. Tea option at Annie’s, Morcombelake after Wendy & Linda
331058 or 662232
Sun 19 May
13:20
ST138209 TA21 8RQ LINEAR
The World's End to Wellington
4¾ miles, easy. Sections of the WDW & former Grand Western Canal. Finish at The Iron Duke, Wellington. Park in Asda CP, Wellington (free Sun) for 13.32 No 22 bus to Heatherton Grange (arr 13.39ish) Note earlier start time
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Wed 22 May
14:00
ST396183 TA19 0NQ
Barrington to Puckington and Stocklinch
5½ miles, moderate. Lovely views from the top and Stocklinch church is of interest.
Start from the National Trust CP at Barrington Court
Liz H
490828
Fri 24 May
18:30
ST328219 TA3 6SY
Around Curry Mallet
3½ miles, easy Meet at Village Hall CP, Curry Mallet (Optional meal at Bell Inn, after walk)
Lynda S
272405
Sun 26 May
11:30
SX832749 TQ12 6QG
MEDIUM LINEAR
The Templer Way - Stage 1: Haytor to Stover Country Park
8 miles, moderate, ALL downhill! Tea option.
Meet at Stover Country Park main CP (£3) for car shuttle to Haytor Visitor Centre CP (TQ13 9XT) Note much earlier start time This is a joint walk for all Sunday walkers
Janice & Alan C
257337
“I deal with tough mathematical questions every day, but please don’t ask me to help with Brexit!”Stephen Hawking
Wed 29 May
14:00
ST042311 TA4 2EJ
Walk around Clatworthy Reservoir
5 miles, leisurely. Start across the dam, pass the Clatworthy Castle. One incline after the dam and another incline near the end. Wonderful views.
Park at the Clatworthy Reservoir Public CP. Note: No dogs allowed
Tim & Odile
K 07754 682790
Fri 31 May
18:30
ST272199 TA3 5RS
Out from The Farmers
4½ miles, moderate
Meet at The Farmers Arms PH, West Hatch (Optional meal after walk)
Rod & Ruth
F 257236
Sun 2 Jun
*09:00/10:00
SS923387 nr TA24 7DU
Brendon Hills, Wheddon Cross to Luxborough and Lype Hill 11 miles, moderate/hilly.
Start from Wheddon Cross CP
Davina C
07796 204735
Sun 2 Jun
14:00
ST089402 TA4 4LA
Sampford Brett, Aller & Vellow Wood
5 miles, moderate. Fields, tracks and quiet country lanes. One steady climb after a mile.
Meet at Church of St George, Sampford Brett. Village parking
Andy & Val N
282282
Wed 5 Jun
14:00
SS965359
Kennisham Hill and the Chargot Estate
About 5½ miles, moderate/hilly with a couple of sharp climbs.
Meet at Kennisham CP on B3224 between Ralegh’s Cross & Wheddon Cross
Martin S
256687
Fri 7 Jun
18:30
ST111228 TA21 0QZ
Langford Budville Circular
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Martlet Inn, Langford Budville (Optional meal after walk)
Richard M
669080
Sun 9 Jun
*09:15/10:00
ST084324 TA4 2RU
Beautiful Brendons from Brompton Ralph
10 miles, moderate/hilly A varied walk through wood and farm land passing through Clatworthy, Langley Marsh and Combe Bottom.
Meet Brompton Ralph VH CP. Donations welcome
Sally C
339605
Sun 9 Jun
14:00
ST154410 nr TA5 1RZ
Holford Combe, Bicknoller Post & Alfoxton
5 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Holford Bowling Green CP (free)
Evan L
01278 451388
An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman walk into a bar.
The Englishman wanted to go so they all had to leave.
Wed 12 Jun
14:00
ST352348 TA7 0EP
Westonzoyland, Chedzoy and the Battlefield
A 5½ mile (8.8 km) level walk, some road walking and stiles.
Start from St Mary the Virgin church, Westonzoyland. Roadside parking by church. Dogs on leads please.
Robert W
07974 866030
Fri 14 Jun
18:30
ST232194 TA3 7BU
Corfe & Poundisford
4 miles, fairly easy with quiet country lanes, fields and a few stiles
Meet at the White Hart PH, Corfe. Road parking if not eating (Optional meal after walk)
Andy & Val N
282282
Sun 16 Jun
*08:45/10:00
SS845354 TA24 7QP
Exmoor: Out from Withypool will include Tarr Steps and the River Barle. Around 10 miles, moderate
Meet Withypool CP (no charge) Cafe should be open for after!
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Sun 16 Jun
14:00
ST043272 TA4 2PZ
Chipstable circular via Raddington
5 - 6 miles, moderate, with some hills
Park alongside church, with further spaces around bend, above churchyard
Philip B
275348
Wed 19 Jun
10:00
ST084324 TA4 2RU
Beautiful Brendons
5 miles, moderate/hilly. A varied walk through wood and farm land starting from Brompton Ralph and passing through Combe Davey, Hudford Farm and Leigh Cottages
Meet at Brompton Ralph VH CP, near church. Donations welcome Note morning start time
Sally C
339605
Fri 21 Jun
18:30
ST191399 TA5 1NG
Nether Stowey Circular
4 miles, moderate plus one climb
Meet at The Ancient Mariner PH, Nether Stowey (Optional meal after walk)
Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 23 Jun
*09:15/10:00
ST028435 TA24 6JS
Blue Anchor circuit via Dunster, Withycombe, Old Cleeve
11½ miles. Hills and flat coastal. Morning coffee at Dunster, Victoria Tea Rooms or similar. Afternoon tea at Driftwood cafe.
Park along coastal road by the community public conveniences, near Home Farm.
Hazel B
07576 111141
Sun 23 Jun
14:00
ST095093 EX15 2HP
Blackborough Whetstone Mines
5 miles, moderate
Park at N end of Blackborough by church wall
Dot M
270773
Wed 26 Jun
13:00
ST087430 TA23 0TQ LINEAR
England Coast Path - Stage 3: Lilstock to Doniford
6 miles, moderate. Walk the coast path from Lilstock to Doniford. Tea option if back before 5pm. Car share back to Lilstock.
Meet at Doniford Farm Park CP on main road in Doniford. Free parking. Then car share to Lilstock CP which is immediately on a left hand bend after Lilstock Farm house. Very pothole road to CP!! Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Fri 28 Jun
18:30
ST150261 TA4 1DS
A Walk from The Orchard
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Orchard PH, Hillcommon (Optional meal after walk)
Quentin H
325752
Sun 30 Jun
*09:15/10:00
ST498170 TA15 6XP
Ham Hill & Chinnocks
Approx 11 miles, moderate.
Start at Montecute NT overflow CP
Carol A
619914
07999 770039
Sun 30 Jun
14:00
ST190396 TA5 1LW
Quantock Lodge & the Quantock Fringe
6 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Nether Stowey Library CP - also on-street parking if full
Cath R
270308
Wed 3 Jul
14:00
ST161156 EX15 3TJ
Clayhidon and the Culm Valley
5 miles, moderate
Meet at CP near Clayhidon church
Cath R
270308
Fri 5 Jul
18:30
ST243245 TA1 2PD
River & Canal from The Master
4 miles, easy
Meet at The Master Thatcher PH, Lisieux Way (Optional meal after walk)
Joy W
07951 348299
Sun 7 Jul
*09:20/10:00
ST137435 TA5 1EJ (nearest)
Holford to the coast and up to top of Quantocks and down Hodder's Combe. 10½ miles. A steep climb. Start at sea level and up to 320 meters and some steep down. Sticks useful.
Park/meet at East Quantoxhead church CP, opposite the duck pond – honesty box
Hazel B
07576 111141
Sun 7 Jul
11:30
SX832749 TQ12 6QG Optional medium
The Templer Way - Stage 2: Stover Country Park/Newton Abbot Circular 4½ miles OR 8 miles (optional), easy/moderate. Shorter option returns by bi-hourly bus (No 39). Tea, ice cream & poetry trail options, & birding.
Park at Stover Country Park off A382 (Trago Mills exit off A38) Note much earlier start time
Janice & Alan C
257337
Wed 10 Jul
14:00
ST240352 TA5 2DU
Enmore, Charlynch and Spaxton
5½ miles, moderate and undulating. Mainly fields and tracks with short distances on quiet country lanes. Street parking by Enmore Church
Rod & Ruth F
257236
Fri 12 Jul
18:30
ST299310 TA7 0BG
Around North Newton
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at The Harvest Moon PH, North Newton (Optional meal after walk)
Mike & Chris W
252733
Sun 14 Jul
*09:00/10:00
ST662015 DT2 7JX
Cerne Abbas going to Buckland Newton, Minterne Magna, and Wessex Ridgeway
About 10½ miles, moderate/hilly
Start from the Giant's CP at Cerne Abbas.
Michael B
274827
Sun 14 Jul
14:00
SS906349 nr TA24 7JE
An Exmoor (Exe)cursion (Winsford)
5 miles, moderate with one steady climb.
Meet at Winsford roadside CP in village centre (Tea option)
Joy C
282827
Wed 17 Jul
13:00
ST172452 LINEAR
England Coast Path - Stage 4: Steart to Lilstock
7 miles, moderate. Walk from Steart back to Lilstock and then car share returning to Steart.
Meet at Lilstock CP to car share to Steart beach CP. Not our usual CP at Steart, but further along the road to sea edge. Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Fri 19 Jul
18:30
ST172229 TA4 1HF
A Tone Valley Walk - And The Pub Is Good!
4 miles, easy/moderate
Meet at White Horse Inn, Bradford on Tone (Optional meal after walk)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 21 Jul
*09:15/10:00
SY041881 EX5 1EZ
Let’s try again – Woodbury Common
About 11 miles, moderate. Another attempt at last year’s washed out walk! Come prepared for all weathers this time.
Meet at The Warren CP on south side B3180
Bridget H
01984 623621
Sun 21 Jul
14:00
SY389935 nr DT6 6SD
Golden Cap, high point of the South Coast
5 miles, moderate/hilly. Possible tea option. Up Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth.
Meet at far end of NT CP (½ mile beyond ticket machine)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Wed 24 Jul
12:30
SY246940 EX24 6JS
Colyton circular
5 miles, moderate. Bring a picnic lunch as we will stop along the path at a viewing point where there is a picnic site. Meet Colcombe Castle pub, Market square, Colyton.
Park in town CP in Dolphin Street. Note earlier start time
Dot M
270773
Fri 26 Jul
18:30
ST080279 TA4 2JY
A Wivey Circular
4½ miles, moderate
Meet at North Street CP, Wiveliscombe
Philip B
275348
Sun 28 Jul
*08:40/10:00
SS844354 TA24 7RA
Withypool, Hawkridge Common, Sherdon Water and Cow Castle
Approx 12 miles, moderate/hilly.
Park at Withypool CP
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Sun 28 Jul
14:00 SS676486 nr EX31 4QX
Woody Bay & Hunter's Inn
4½ miles, moderate, not as hilly as you'd expect. Tea option.
Park at Woody Bay NT CP - on lower seaward road marked Inkerman Bridge on OS map. Please car share.
Beatrice & Wrio R 421796
Wed 31 Jul
14:00
SS898455 TA24 8HY
Horner, Bossington and Porlock
5 miles, easy, with great views but with one steep hill. Tea and bird spotting options
Meet at Horner NT CP (fee for non-members)
John O
01984 624477
 
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