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Current walks programme (till end March 2020).
You can download the programme August to November programme
here. Or the December to March (2020) 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).

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.
"So you're a Brexit Negotiator?"
"Oh yes, and my father was before me."
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
ST320255 TA3 6LJ
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

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
*09:15/10:00
ST141367 TA4 4AA
Anti Clockwise Quantock Circuit.
Approx 11 miles. 630 metres of ascent (undulating). Meet at Crowcombe CP, near the church.
Monica & Martin
252332
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  
Last day for booking your Christmas Lunch December 13th (see booking form here)
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. Agenda and full details here (page 18)
 
Sun 1 Dec
13:30
ST319253 TA3 6LF
North Curry & Knapp
5¾ miles. Moderate
Meet in North Curry near church; roadside parking & around square
Evan L
01278 451388
Sun 1 Dec
*09:20/10:00
ST300346
River, Canal and Bridgwater Docks
About 8 miles and mainly flat.
Start point is just off J24 of the M5 towards the new housing estate, Wilstock Village. Street parking, Wilstock Way
Gary H
07714 295814
Wed 4 Dec
13:30
ST212264 TA2 6EL
Staplegrove to Norton Manor Camp
4½ miles. Moderate
Meet at Staplegrove Church CP, Manor Road, Taunton
Gail G
07968 891593
Fri 6 Dec
13:00
SS922390 TA24 7DT
Wheddon Cross to Dunster by Candlelight
6 miles. Moderate with some hills. Follow the Avill Valley to Gallox Bridge. Return by half-hourly bus 16.45 - 21.15 (£4). Street food!
Park at Wheddon Cross Cattle Market CP (free) Note much earlier start time
Janice & Alan C
257337
Sun 8 Dec
13:30
ST015067 EX15 1PB
Around Cullompton
5½ miles. Easy/moderate, with one steepish green lane & wide countryside views.
Ample roadside parking in Colebrook Lane
Jo & Susannah
07966 572122
07796 772726
Sun 8 Dec
*09:30/10:00
ST246159 Nr. TA20 3RA
Staple Hill via Bishopswood and Castle Neroche
10 miles. Undulating.
Meet at Staple Hill CP
Jan F
270018
Wed 11 Dec Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Election Day December 12th (possibly): getting excited?
“I don’t easily get depressed but my personal view is that Brexit is the biggest foreign policy mistake in the postwar period.” John Bercow speaking to the Guardian here
Fri 13 Dec Christmas Meal at the White Horse Inn Bradford-On-Tone. See pages 14 & 15 of the programme  
Sun 15 Dec
13:30
ST080279 TA4 2JY
Wivey & the Milverton Ridge
4½ - 5½ miles. Moderate.
Meet at Wiveliscombe CP, North Street, Wiveliscombe. Tea Option
John O
01984 624477
Sun 15 Dec
*09:15/10:00
ST110396 Nr TA4 4EE
Thorncombe Barrow, Higher Hare Knap, Longstone Hill & Weacombe Hill
10 - 12 miles. Moderate/hilly.
Meet Bicknoller VH CP (donation)
Pete W
321985
Wed 18 Dec
13:30
Possible walk from West Monkton Details to follow. Liz H
490828
Sun 22 Dec
13:30
ST122257 TA4 1LS
Milverton to Hillfarrance Brook
4¾ miles. Moderate, quite steep in parts
Meet at village CP at corner Fore Street and Creedwell Orchard. (Bring Xmas snacks!)
Gail G
07968 891593
Sun 22 Dec
*08:50/10:00
SS954475
North Hill from Moor Wood car park
About 10 miles. Moderate/hilly. Exact route depends on the weather!
Meet Moor Wood CP, Hill Road, Minehead
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Sun 29 Dec
13:30
SS977001 EX5 3LE
Killerton Circuit
4 - 4½ miles. Easy. No need to pay entrance, but fairytale decorated house & illuminated after-dark trail, so bring NT cards if you have them.
Park at Killerton NT CP (fee for non-members)
Janice & Alan C
257337
Sun 29 Dec
*08:50/10:00
SS971466 TA24 5QB
A Winter Walk from Minehead
9 - 10 miles. Moderate overall Coast path and Macmillan Way West.
Meet on sea front at junction with Blenheim Road. Local street parking
Bridget H
01984 623621
New Year's Thoughts
David Cameron in 2011 appointed a minister for “remembering the first world war”, Andrew Murrison, and gave him a staggering £50m. What about remembering Trafalgar Day, Waterloo Day and, for that matter, Guy Fawkes? They all portray foreigners as objects of hatred, ridicule and condemnation. Why do we strive to keep alive these old antagonisms and feuds?
Simon Jenkins writing in The Guardian
, in November.
Wed 1 Jan
13:30
ST204264 TA2 6NR
Greet the New Year … gently!
3 – 3½ miles. Easy Out from Cross Keys with pub option.
Please park near the petrol station end, Cross Keys
John O
01984 624477
Fri 3 Jan Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Mike W  
Sun 5 Jan
13:30
ST146229 TA21 0BH
Around Nynehead
3¾ miles. Fairly easy
Meet at Nynehead Memorial Hall
Joy C
282827
How to tell if a computer geek is an introvert or extrovert?
Well an introvert will look at his own shoes while talking to you: an extrovert will look at yours.
Sun 5 Jan
*08:50/10:00
SS921468 TA24 8TR
Selworthy and the Holnicote Estate
11 miles including one stiff climb.
Meet at top overflow CP at Selworthy
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Wed 8 Jan Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Sun 12 Jan
13:30
ST107228 TA21 0RL
Langford Budville - Heathfield Loop
Approx 5 miles. Easy
Meet/park at Jubillee Hall (VH) CP
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Sun 12 Jan All day Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Wed 15 Jan
13:30
ST363144 TA19 0BQ
Ilminster to Dowlish Wake and Kingstone
5 miles. Easy.
Park and meet in Tesco CP, (max stay 3 hrs), Shudrick Lane, Ilminster
Ann W
01460 54622
Ian F
01460 55839
Last day for booking your place on the Walk leadership workshop: Friday 24th January.
See back page of the programme here
Fri 17 Jan
18:30
ST297375 TA6 3EX
Urban walk in Bridgwater
3 - 3½ miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at Admirals Landing PH, Bridgwater Docks. (Optional meal after walk)
Gill L
331474
Sun 19 Jan
13:30
ST359143 TA19 0EF
Ilminster & Donyatt
4¾ miles. Fairly easy, some stiles with an incline at the start. Might be muddy. Possible visit to Donyatt Church
Meet at Orchard Vale CP, Wharf Lane (off Canal Way), Ilminster
Andy & Val N
282282
Sun 19 Jan
*09:15/10:00
ST359143 TA19 0EF
Out from Ilminster
10 miles. Moderate
Meet at Orchard Vale CP, Wharf Lane (off Canal Way), Ilminster
Wendy & Linda
331058
662232
Wed 22 Jan
13:30
ST195256 TA2 6RF SHORT
An easy winter wander!
About 3 miles, fairly flat but could be muddy in places. The West Deane Way, Hele and Bishop’s Hull. Meet at Great Western Way near the railway footbridge in Norton Fitzwarren (bottom of Station Road off the B3227). Roadside or verge parking
John O
01984 624477
Walk leadership workshop: Friday 24th January. See back page of the programme here
Sun 26 Jan
13:30
ST150378
Ramscombe, Ashley Combe & Black Hill
5 miles. Hilly but not steep
Meet at Crowcombe Park Gate. (Not suitable in snow & ice, so check website)
Cath R
270308
True story
North Curry is looking for a new vicar. Everyone was sent a questionnaire asking for what sort of vicar we wanted. The school was also included and one bright youngster wrote:
"We want someone who can work miracles." (Don't we all).
Sun 26 Jan
*09:30/10:00
ST275255 TA3 5PR
A walk around Creech St Michael
9 miles. Easy
Meet at Canal side CP, Creech St Michael
Daphne H
254151
Margaret
331349
Wed 29 Jan
13:30
ST302204 TA3 6SG
Hatch Beauchamp to Curry Mallet and Beercrocombe 5½ miles. Easy/moderate. Mostly level, through fields, tracks and quiet lanes.
Meet at Hatch Beauchamp VH
Lynda K
480814
Fri 31 Jan
This walk now on Feb 7th  
Sun 2 Feb
13:30
ST265211 TA3 5BW
Thurlbear & Orchard Portman
4½ miles. Easy/moderate, with some stiles & possible mud; fields, woods & lanes.
Park alongside Thurlbear Church (wide road)
Shirley & Richard 277234
Sun 2 Feb
*09:20/10:00
ST107392 TA4 4ET
Footpaths around Capton, Stream, Monksilver, Stogumber
Around 10 miles. Easy/Moderate
Start: Layby on A358 opposite and between the two Bicknoller junctions.
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Wed 5 Feb
13:30
ST181338
Lydeard Hill Circular via Cothelstone Hill 5 miles. Moderate/hilly Meet at Lydeard Hill CP Cath R
01823 270308
Fri 7 Feb
18:30
ST226243 TA1 3PT
Urban walk from central Taunton
3 - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at Crescent CP, Taunton. (Behind Boots) (Optional meal after walk)
Rod F
257236
Spring/Summer start times commence for Wednesday & Sunday afternoons
Sun 9 Feb
14:00
ST221229 TA1 4XW
Cotlake Hill
4 miles. Moderate; some stiles & possible mud. Roadside parking down Queen's Drive; meet on green at bottom of road, before bridge.
Rod & Ruth
257236
Sun 09 Feb
*09:25/10:00
ST274156 TA20 3JZ
Castle Neroche Herepath
12½ miles. Moderate/hilly. Circular walk consisting of most of the Herepath
Meet at Castle Neroche CP
Marcus E
07487 646587
Wed 12 Feb
14:00
ST274156 TA20 3JZ
Castle Neroche and Blackwater
4½ miles. Forest walk, easy. Slight downhill all the way then uphill at the end. Possibly muddy in places.
Meet at Castle Neroche CP
Tim & Odile K
07754 682790
Sun 16 Feb
14:00
ST207187 Nr TA3 7SW
Howleigh via Ruggin
5 miles, moderate
Meet near former school, Blagdon Hill (road parking)
Philip B
275348
Sun 16 Feb
*09:15/10:00
ST107228 TA21 0RL
Langford Budville circular
10 miles. Moderate
Meet at Langford Budville Jubilee VH
Wendy & Linda
331058
662232
Wed 19 Feb
14:00
ST299310 TA7 0BG
North Newton walk
About 5 miles. Fairly easy. Could be muddy
Meet in Church Road, North Newton near the Telephone box next to the Harvest Moon Inn
Joy C
282827
Fri 21 Feb
18:30
ST230247 TA1 1SW
An Urban Taunton walk
3 - 3½ miles. Easy. (Bring a torch).
Meet at Canon Street CP, Taunton. (Near Entrance To St Mary's Churchyard)
Philip B
275348
Sun 23 Feb
14:00
SS955127 EX16 6BL
Tiverton Circular
Approx 5 miles. Moderate with one steep hill.
Meet at Tiverton Market Square CP (fee)
Richard & Jessica M 669080
Sun 23 Feb
*09:15/10:00
ST320084 TA20 2EZ
Holy City, Chardstock and Burridge Common
10 miles. Moderate/hilly
Start Crowshute Link CP (upper section), Chard
Jan F
270018
Wed 26 Feb
14:00
ST131207 TA21 8LL
Wellington, Westford & Payton
5 miles. Moderate
Meet at Wellington Sports Centre, Corams Lane, Wellington
Martin S
256687
Sun 1 Mar
14:00
ST057189 TA21 0PE
Out from Holcombe Rogus
4 miles. Easy; fields, lanes & canal towpath.
Meet & park on road by church, Fore Street, Holcombe Rogus
Lynda S
07942 230453
Dot M
270773
Sun 1 Mar
*09:10/10:00
ST053285 TA4 2HJ
Washbattle bridge Waterrow & Raddington
9½ miles. Hilly
Meet at Washbattle bridge between Maundown & Huish Champflower
Dot H
07989 256521
Wed 4 Mar
14:00
ST395217 TA10 0AT
The Westport Canal, Hambridge and the levels
5 miles, first flat and easy
Meet at Lamb and Lion pub on B 3168 but park in a reasonable spot around Hambridge village.
Judi T
07870 871057
Fri 6 Mar
18:30
ST212238 TA1 5NZ
Urban walk from the Shepherds
3 - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at The Shepherds Rest PH, Galmington. (Optional meal after walk)
Gill L
01823 331474
Sun 8 Mar
14:00
ST023345 TA23 0LL
Brendon Hill and the Mineral Railway
5 miles. Quite hilly, a long climb at the end
Meet at the top of The Incline on B3224, ¼ mile beyond fork off B3190. Very limited car park, PLEASE car share.
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 8 Mar
*09:15/10:00
ST140366 TA4 4AA
Crowcombe
Details to follow.
Meet at Crowcombe CP, near the church
Jane L
07779 142227
Wed 11 Mar
14:00
ST391252 TA10 0ES
Curry Rivel / Burton Pynsent
4 miles. Fairly easy Goes close to Pynsent monument through apple orchards
Meet in Curry Rivel free CP (behind Sandpits)
Dot M
270773
Lynda S
07942 230453
Fri 13 Mar
18:30
ST139204 TA21 8NR
Wellington walk with Fish & Chip supper
3 - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional take-away in Scout Hall. Small donation to Scouts. Bring your own drinks)
Wendy M
663911
Sun 15 Mar
14:00
ST101138 EX15 3JJ
Along the Culm to Coldharbour Mill & back
5 miles, fairly flat.
Park in Culmstock Village near the Culm Valley Inn.
Judi T
07870 871057
Sun 15 Mar
*09:10/10:00
ST088429 TA23 0TQ
Lower slopes of Quantocks and Costal Path
11 miles. Moderate. Circular walk encompassing footpaths, lower slopes of Quantocks and back along the coast path. Tea options after with Llamas!
Start Doniford Farm Park, Doniford
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 901117
Wed 18 Mar
14:00
ST140139 EX15 3SH
Hemyock & Wellington Monument
5½ miles. Hilly at the start.
Meet at Blackdown Healthy Living Centre, Lower Millhayes, Millhayes near Hemyock
Malcolm & Tor
07964 678149
Fri 20 Mar
17:00
ST111228 TA21 0QZ
Langford Budville Circular
4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at Martlett Inn, Langford Budville. (Optional meal after walk) Note earlier start time
Richard M
669080
Sun 22 Mar
12:00
SX803884 EX6 7EQ
MEDIUM
D is for Dartmoor with Daffodils
8 miles, moderate/hilly; varied & flowery, with return along River Teign. Bring picnic lunch.
Park at Steps Bridge NT CP (off B3212 Exeter to Mortonhampstead road) Note earlier start time
Janice & Alan C
257337
Sun 22 Mar
*09:10/10:00
ST075374 TA4 4JE
Monksilver & Roadwater circuit
10 miles. Some hills.
Park at EMN Community Hall at Monksilver, donations please
Carol A
619914
07999 770039
Wed 25 Mar
14:00
ST314350 TA7 0AG
The Huntworth Canal Walk Number 1
4½ miles. Flat and easy. A circular walk which leads you onto the tow path of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and back alongside the River Parrett via the historic Bridgwater docks and other sites of interest in the town. Tea/Coffee and possibly cake option after the walk
Meet at The Boat and Anchor Inn, Huntworth
Robert W
288373
Fri 27 Mar
17:00
ST107193 TA21 0HB
A walk from the Beambridge
3 - 4 miles. Fairly easy.
Meet at The Beambridge PH, on A38. (Optional meal after walk) Note earlier start time
Mike W
252733
Sun 29 Mar
14:00
ST314350 TA7 0AG
The Huntworth Canal Walk Number 2
5¼ miles. Easy & flat; mainly towpath, with some lanes; no stiles.
Start from The Boat & Anchor Inn, Huntworth
Robert W
288373
Sun 29 Mar All day Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Walks for the next programme: Spring & Summer 2020 If you’d like to offer a walk for the next programme, April 2020 to July 2020, please contact the relevant Assistant Programme Secretary and pick your preferred date. The end date for walk offers is Friday 14 February 2020 Andy N
 
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