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Current walks programme (till end November 2019).
You can download the programme April to July 2019 here. Or the August to November programme

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 may 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).

Compasses now point to true north, or will in two weeks time. For the first time in 360 years if you stand on the Greenwich Meridian, your compass will point to True North. As I hope you all know since Baden Powell was a lad you had to allow for a westward declination of around 7º but magnetic north has been moving East. To be strictly accurate this does not apply to all parts of the country, so Somerset will be ever so slightly off.

Thought for the day.
When Clement Attlee was a new young barrister he did some social work in a youth club in the slums of Stepney. On leaving one day a girl asked him where he was going. Attlee replied "Home to have some tea."
The girl said "I'm going home to see if there is any tea."
Fri 18 Oct
Out from Bishops Lydeard
3½ - 4 miles. Moderate. (Bring a torch)
Meet at The Lethbridge Arms PH, Bishops Lydeard (Optional meal after walk)
Quentin H
Sun 20 Oct
Steart Marshes
10 miles approx.. Easy walk, no hills, around part of the peninsula, and back along the English Coast Path. Meet in the main CP
Sun 20 Oct
BS24 0DS
Lympsham to Brent Knoll & back

Judi T
Wed 23 Oct

Will's Neck and Great Wood
5½ miles moderate/hilly.
Meet at Lydeard Hill car park

Cath R
Fri 25 Oct
Around North Newton
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at Harvest Moon PH, North Newton (Optional meal after walk)
Mike & Chris W
Winter start times commence for Wednesday & Sunday afternoons
Sun 27 Oct All day Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Davina C  
Sun 27 Oct
Culmstock Beacon & Culm Davy
5½ - 6 miles, moderate with 2 ascents; good views Meet at top of Wrangway Hill; roadside parking around corner & along lane
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Wed 30 Oct
Swell and Burton Pynsent Monument
4½ miles, moderate with one steep climb.
Meet at Swell woods CP, signposted from A378
Lynda K
Halloween: could this be Der Tag when the UK floats away?
Fri 1 Nov
Taunton Urban Walk
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at Shire Hall CP, Taunton (Optional meal after at The Blue Mango)
Liz O
Sun 3 Nov
Circular walk from Fyne Court
10 miles, moderate/hilly
Start: Fyne Court NT CP
Davina C
07796 204735
Sun 3 Nov
EX15 3TJ
Clayhidon Circular
5 miles, moderate.
Meet at CP near Clayhidon Church
Philip B
Wed 6 Nov
nr TA6 6QA
North Petherton towards North Newton
4½ miles, mostly level on minor roads and tracks
Meet in the Community Centre CP in North Petherton, but please use street parking
Liz H
Fri 8 Nov
Out From The Shepherds (Urban Walk)
3½ - 4 miles. Easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at The Shepherds Rest PH, Galmington (Optional meal after walk)
Gill L
Sun 10 Nov
Figure of eight around Hatch Beauchamp
10 miles easy/moderate. Fields, lanes and tracks.
Start at Hatch Beauchamp VH
Wendy & Linda
331058 or 662232
Les Dawson said he had three children "One of each . . ."
Sun 10 Nov
13:30 SS974318
nr TA22 9NY
Wimbleball Lake to the Dam & back Inland
4½ miles, moderate
Meet at Bessom Bridge CP, Wimbleball Lake
Michael B & Joyce L 274827 or 432182
Wed 13 Nov
13:00 ST274156
nr TA20 3JZ
Castle Neroche down and up.
Under 6 miles, but likely to be wet, muddy and quite hilly. Might be some great views though!
Meet in the Castle Neroche CP. Note earlier start time
Rod & Ruth F 257236
Sun 17 Nov
TA24 6SG
Circular walk from Dunster Castle towards Croydon Hill and Withycombe Common.
About 10 miles
Park in Dunster Castle NT CP (fee for non members)
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Sun 17 Nov
Bradford on Tone, Hillfarrance & East Nynehead
5½ miles, easy with some stiles, possible mud.
Park by church along road & over bridge in Bradford on Tone.
Terry M
Wed 20 Nov
Down to the River & up to the Church
4½ miles, easy/moderate with quite a few stiles. Tea option
Meet at near North Curry Church
John O
01984 624477
Fri 22 Nov
TA21 8NR
Wellington Urban Walk
3 - 4 miles. Easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional meal after at Green Dragon)
Wendy M

Last lines of Woody Allen's Annie Hall:
"I said to my psychiatrist, my brother thinks he's a chicken."
"Well why don't you turn him in?" "I'd love to but I need the eggs."

Sun 24 Nov
ST141367 TA4 4AA
Anti Clockwise Quantock Circuit.
Approx 11 miles. 630 metres of ascent (undulating). Meet at Crowcombe CP, near the church.
Monica & Martin
Sun 24 Nov
Quantocks Viewpoints
5 miles approx., moderate/hilly. 2 good viewpoints at the Fort & Hurley Beacon.
Meet at Dead Woman's Ditch CP
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Wed 27 Nov Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Fri 29 Nov Taunton Deane Ramblers AGM
This year’s AGM will be held in the Main room at Taunton Quaker Meeting House, 13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP. We will have use of the kitchen facilities to make drinks and present nibbles. Keep an eye out in the next programme/newsletter for formal notice and agenda for the AGM .
"Ask not what disease the person has, but rather what person the disease has,"
Dr Oliver Sacks, author, professor of neurology
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