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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
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 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).

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.


 

"I'm ashamed of my country for what it has done. It's torn people apart. I am sick to death of politicians, expecially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit. I am a European not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot. I don't think people were told the truth to start with. They were promised something that was completely ridiculous and wasn't economically viable."Elton John.
Wed 14 Aug
14:00
ST057377
TA4 4HT
Nettlecombe, Chidgley and Monksilver Circuit
About 5 miles, moderate
Meet at Nettlecombe Church, but please don’t park at Nettlecombe Court Field Centre
Dave G
451275
Fri 16 Aug
18.30
ST146229
TA21 0BH
Around Nynehead
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy
Meet at Nynehead Memorial Hall (Optional meal after walk)
Joy C
282827
Sun 18 Aug TDR Group Outing to Exmouth Walks: Long, Medium, Short or Exmouth wander. Tea option included at The Ocean along the Esplanade. See further information and booking on page [16] A single page booking form can be requested to save spoiling your lovely programme. Email Andy and he will send you one for you to print.  
Tuesday 20 August Path clearance near Trull: see Noticeboard  
Wed 21 Aug
14:00
ST201328
Cothelstone Hill walk
3 - 4½ miles, moderate. Short walk with some hills. The extension to the view point if wished is the extra 1½ miles. Wonderful views!
Meet Cothelstone Hill CP
Dot M
270773
Lynda S
07942 230453
Fri 23 Aug
18.30
ST358304
TA7 0RB
Somerset Levels (Plus One Mump)
Walk 4 miles. Moderate
Meet at King Alfred Inn, Burrowbridge (Optional meal after walk)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 25 Aug
*08:45/10:00
Mendip Walking Festival 24-26 August
Meet at the Crescent CP, or 10:00 start at Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre.
 
Sun 25 Aug
14:00
SS898480
TA24 8HF
Bossington to Selworthy
A largely woodland walk of 5 miles with one steep climb. Good views and tea option.
Meet at Bossington NT CP (fee for non-members). Limited parking, please car share
John O
01984 624477
Wed 28 Aug
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
Fri 30 Aug
18:30
ST272199
TA3 5RS
Back at The Farmers Arms, West Hatch
4 miles or under, moderate. A different route with fewer stiles. You loved it last time, come again!
Meet at The Farmers Arms PH, West Hatch (Optional meal after walk)
Rod & Ruth F
257236
Sun 1 Sep
*09:20/10:00
ST193395
TA5 1NW
Quantock Summit and Hawkridge Reservoir
11 miles, moderate/hilly.
Parking in Banneson Road, Nether Stowey
Garry H
07714 395814
Sun 1 Sep
14:00
ST262283
TA2 8QT
West Monkton, Hestercombe & Combe Bottom Approx 5 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet near West Monkton Church; roadside parking.
Evan L
01278 451388
Wed 4 Sep
14:00
ST227241
TA1 3QF

Taunton Toads
Easy 3 miles / 4.8 km. From a park to a meadow on the trail of some Taunton Toads. Refreshments available afterwards.
Meet at Vivary Park War Memorial, Taunton

Shirley W
277234
Fri 6 Sep
18.00
ST258394
TA5 2HP
Cannington Circular
3½ miles. Fairly easy
Meet at Friendly Spirit PH, Cannington (Optional meal after walk)
Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 8 Sep
*09:15/10:00
ST008426
TA24 6NH
Inland from Carhampton via Long Combe and Withycombe Common
10 - 11 miles, moderate, but with some steady climbs. Meet Carhampton Recreation Ground CP
Bridget H
01984 623621
Sun 8 Sep
14:00
ST223143
TA3 7EE
Otterford & Birch Wood through Otterhead Lakes
4½ miles, moderate with a few slopes.
Park/meet at lay-by opp St Leonard's Church
Tim & Odile K
07754 682791
Wed 11 Sep
14:00
ST396182
TA19 0NQ
Back to Barrington
5 miles, moderate. Wonderful views of the Somerset Levels from the top of One Tree Hill.
Meet at Barrington Court (NT) in the middle CP
Liz H
490828
Fri 13 Sep
18.00
ST031142
EX16 7BJ
Sampford Peverell Circular
4 miles. Easy/moderate
Meet at The Globe Inn, Sampford Peverell (Optional meal after walk)
Jo & Susannah
07966 572122
07796 772726
Sun 15 Sep
*08:45/10:00
SS906349
TA24 7JE
Exmoor: Out from Winsford
10 miles, moderate. Walk from beautiful Winsford in early autumn. Exact route will depend on weather but will be ups and downs!
Start in parking area in centre of village (no charge and toilets nearby!)
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Sun 15 Sep LINEAR
13:00
SX866714
TQ12 2DJ
The Templer Way - Stage 3: Newton Abbot to Teignmouth (linear)
5½ miles, level; an estuarine walk at low tide. Ferry crossing from Shaldon (£1.60) & train return to Newton Abbot. Ice cream & beach options
Park at Osborne Street CP (free Sundays). If going by train meet at Town Quay, Newton Abbot Note earlier start time
Janice & Alan C
257337
Wed 18 Sep
14:00
ST137343
TA4 4PA
Crowcombe Station to Stogumber
3¾ miles, easy. Tea option at Stogumber Station & train back
Meet at Crowcombe Station
John O
01984 624477
Fri 20 Sep
18.00
ST139204
TA21 8NR
East from Wellington
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional meal after at Green Dragon)
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Sun 22 Sep All day Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Davina C  
Sun 22 Sep
14:00
ST337093
TA20 1HU
The Cha-Cha Take 2: Chard & Chaffcombe
5 miles, moderate/hilly. Conservation area: No dogs allowed
Meet at CP S of Chard Reservoir at end of Oaklands Avenue, Chard
Colin & Heather F 288588
Wed 25 Sep Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Fri 27 Sep
18.00
ST260282
TA2 8NP
Out from West Monkton
4 miles. Moderate
Meet at The Monkton Inn, West Monkton (Optional meal after walk)
Philip B
275348
Sun 29 Sep
*09:00/10:00
ST046406
TA23 0PR
Capton Nettlecombe circuit
10½ miles. Moderate.
Start at Cleeve Abbey CP, Washford. Tea option at Torre Cider farm
Carol A
619914
Sun 29 Sep
14:00
ST478170
TA14 6RW
Ham Hill to Montacute & Site of Whitcombe
5 miles, a bit hilly, at an appropriate pace. Refreshment option after.
Park at Ham Hill Country Park CP; meet by Ranger's Office (by loo block)
Wendy M
663911
Wed 2 Oct
14:00
ST318147
TA19 9QR
Broadway, Ashill, Windmill Hill, and Hastings
5½ miles, moderate
Park/meet at Horton VH CP
Ann W
01460 54622
Ian F
01460 55839
Fri 4 Oct
17:30
ST107193
TA21 0HB
A Circular walk from the Beambridge
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at The Beambridge PH on A38. (Optional Meal at The Beambridge)
Mike & Chris
W 252733
Sun 6 Oct
*08:55/10:00
SS806145
EX16 8AG
From Witheridge along the Ridge and Valley Walk and back along the Two Moors Way. A scant 10 miles, moderate.
Start at the VH, North Street, Witheridge
Jan
270018
Sun 6 Oct
14:00
ST246083
EX14 9AA
Out from Yarcombe
4½ miles, mainly flat with 2 hills & good views, fields & lanes.
Meet at VH CP, Yarcombe
Lynda S
07942 230453
Dot M
270773
Wed 9 Oct
14:00
ST200109
nr EX14 9RD
Smeatharpe circular
5½ miles, moderate and could be muddy.
Meet at Smeatharpe VH. Please car share as the CP is very small
Martin S
256687
Fri 11 Oct
17.30
ST031142
EX16 7BJ
Around Sampford Peverell
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at Merriemeade PH, Sampford Peverell (Optional meal after walk)
Richard M
669080
Sun 13 Oct
*09:00/10:00
SS969285
TA4 2DS
Wimbleball Lake and Haddon Hill including a circuit of the Lake 9 to 10 miles, moderate with one steep hill
Meet at Haddon Hill CP above and south of Wimbleball
Michael B
274827
Sun 13 Oct
14:00
ST110396
TA4 4EE
Thorncombe Hill from Bicknoller
5½ miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Bicknoller Village CP (honesty box)
Cath R
270308
Wed 16 Oct
10:00
ST156288
Ash Priors to Pyleigh
6 miles, moderate/hilly. A walk through fields and lanes to Pyleigh and back. Lovely views weather permitting!
Meet at Ash Priors Common CP Note morning start time
Sally C
339605
Fri 18 Oct
17.00
ST168291
TA4 3BW
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
325752
Sun 20 Oct
*09:00/10:00
ST252442
TA5 2PU
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
Daphne
254151
Sun 20 Oct
14:00
ST335542
BS24 0DS
Lympsham to Brent Knoll & back
5½ miles, moderate/hilly. Could be muddy!
Park in Church Lane, Lympsham, or just beyond church
Judi T
336288
Wed 23 Oct
14:00
ST181338
Lydeard hill, Rock Farm, West Bagborough,
20 acre Plantation. 5 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Lydeard Hill CP
Cath R
270308
Fri 25 Oct
17.00
ST299310
TA7 0BG
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
252733
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
13:30
ST127167
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
13:30
ST361238
TA3 6PX
Swell and Burton Pynsent Monument
4½ miles, moderate with one steep climb.
Meet at Swell woods CP, signposted from A378
Lynda K
480814
Halloween: could this be Der Tag when the UK floats away?
Fri 1 Nov
18.30
ST225243
TA1 4EU
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
283563
Sun 3 Nov
*09:30/10:00
ST222320
TA5 2EQ
Circular walk from Fyne Court
10 miles, moderate/hilly
Start: Fyne Court NT CP
Davina C
07796 204735
Sun 3 Nov
13:30
ST162156
EX15 3TJ
Clayhidon Circular
5 miles, moderate.
Meet at CP near Clayhidon Church
Philip B
275348
Wed 6 Nov
13:30
ST290330
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
490828
Fri 8 Nov
18.30
ST212238
TA1 5NZ
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
331474
Sun 10 Nov
*09:20/10:00
ST302204
TA3 6SG
Figure of eight around Hatch Beauchamp
10 miles easy/moderate. Fields, lanes and tracks.
Start at Hatch Beauchamp VH
Wendy & Linda
331058 or 662232
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
*09:00/10:00
SS992437
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
13:30
ST173230
TA4 1HQ
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
286108
Wed 20 Nov
13:30
ST137343
TA4 4PA
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
18.30
ST139204
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
663911
Sun 24 Nov Details later . . . Monica & Martin
Sun 24 Nov
13:30
ST162382
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 .
 
 
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