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Current walks programme (till end July 2020).
You can download the current programme here as a pdf.
Or the April - July 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, sometimes).

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.

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Franklin Roosevelt in his 1933 Inauguration speech.

All walks CANCELLED as from 18th March (see Late News)
Wed 10 Jun
ST122257 TA4 1LS
Milverton to Hillfarrance Brook
4¾ miles. Moderate, quite steep in parts.
Meet at village CP at corner of Fore Street and Creedwell Orchard.
Gail G
07968 891593
Fri 12 Jun
ST107193 TA21 0HB
Out from the Beambridge
4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at The Beambridge PH (on A38). (Optional Meal After Walk)
Quentin H
01823 325752
Sun 14 Jun
ST140367 TA4 4AA
Crowcombe Circuit
5 miles, moderate/hilly (one steep climb)
Meet at Crowcombe Village CP, near church
Wendy M
Sun 14 June
SS978355 TA24 7DQ
Chargot Woods, Miner’s trail, Croydon Hill circuit. Approx 10.5 miles, Moderate, some hills
Meet at Chargot Woods car park on B3224
Carol A
01823 619914
07999 770039
Wed 17 Jun
ST089429 TA23 0TQ
Helwell Bay, Watchet & St Decumen's
5.5 miles, moderate; beach stroll & quayside market; tea option at end (licensed)
Park at Doniford Farm Park - why not lunch there? Note earlier start time due to tide
Janice & Alan
C 257337
Fri 19 Jun
ST136132 EX15 3RA
Hemyock and Hackpen Hill
3 ½ miles. Moderate with modest climb.
Meet at Catherine Wheel PH, Hemyock. Park nearby in Village CP. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Colin & Heather F 01823 288588
Sun 21 Jun
ST211183 TA3 7SL
Blagdon Hill Circular via Priors Park Wood
5 miles, moderate with one steepish hill
Start at stile opposite old Blagdon Inn (newly converted). Small roadside parking area here & near Post Office
Joy C
01823 282827
Sun 21 June
Alfred's Tower and Stourhead
10 miles. A stroll around the valleys and woods of Stourhead Estates.
Meet at Alfred's Tower car park. Follow brown signs off A303 to Alfred's Tower.
Miss Moppet
01823 490782
The above walk will lead us through Penselwood and the home for 20 years of Sir Arthur Bliss (1891 - 1975), Master of the Queen's Musick, and prolific composer, amongst which probably his most well known march is Things to Come, from the score for Alexander Korda's film for HG Wells' book. To remind you here it is>
Wed 24 Jun
ST350149 TA19 9DJ
Ilminster to Donyatt, Herne Hill and Beacon Hill Approx 5 miles, moderate
Meet at The Stonemason’s Pub
Ann W
01460 54622
Ian F
01460 55839
Fri 26 Jun
ST419266 TA10 9PG
Out from Langport
3 ½ – 4 miles. Fairly Easy.
Meet at Main CP Langport (Far End). (Fish & Chip Supper or Picnic on river bank, after Walk). (Bring your own drink)
Gill L
01823 331474
Sun 28 Jun
The Polden Hills, a walk with a true tale!
Approx 5 miles, moderate with one hill.
Meet near to Sutton Mallet church (limited parking)
John O
01984 624477
Sun 28 Jun All day Full details later Davina C
07796 204735
Wed 1 Jul
ST283429 TA6 4SS (nearest)
Pawlett Hams Wetlands
4 miles. Fairly easy. Meet near Pawlett Barrage Balloon Hanger
(Roadside parking at entrance to Nature Reserve)
Mike W
Wed 1 Jul
All day walk
Sugar Loaf ( Nr Abergavenny)
Approx 11 miles. Hilly, but at pace of slowest. Interested? Email me for more details
David H
01984 623621
Fri 3 Jul
ST191399 TA5 1NG
Nether Stowey Circular 4
miles. Moderate plus one climb.
Meet at Ancient Mariner PH, Nether Stowey. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 5 Jul
ST245047 EX14 9EF
Stockland & the Yarty Valley
4.5 miles, moderate; includes Rower Fort
Meet at Stockland (Victory) VH CP.
Robert W
Sun 5 July
ST245045 EX14 9EF
Stockland & the Yarty Valley
11miles. Moderate with a stiffish start Stockland, Rower Hill, Beacon, Howley, Moxhayes, Bowditch Farm
Start at Stockland (Victory) VH
Roger H
01823 253297
Wed 8 Jul
ST252442 TA5 2PU
Steart Marshes talk & guided walk
An introductory talk and guided walk around Steart marshes. Donation per person £2-£5 at your discretion to WWT. Talk max 30 mins followed by 2 hour guided walk.
Meet at Steart Marshes main CP. Note 2pm prompt start
Judi T
01823 336288
Fri 10 Jul
ST151289 TA4 3LZ
Out from Ash Priors Common
3 ¾ miles. Fairly easy.
Meet at CP At Far End Of Common. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Joy C
01823 282827
Sun 12 Jul
ST375034 TA20 4NE
Thorncombe & Forde Abbey
5 miles, moderate, with a few hills
Meet at Thorncombe VH CP. Why not make a day of it & visit Forde Abbey or lunch there?
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 12 Jul
ST 457083 TA18 8NA
Dorset Hills via South Perrott, Mosterton and Clapton
11.5 miles. Moderate/ hilly
Start at Misterton Village Hall
Jan F
01823 270018
Wed 15 Jul
Full details later Gail G
07968 891593
Fri 17 Jul
18:30 ST244046
Out from Stockland
4 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at King’s Arms PH, Stockland (Optional Meal After Walk)
Philip B
Sun 19 Jul
ST500389 BA6 8BS
Glastonbury & the Tor
4 miles; lanes, roads & paths, with 1 climb up the Tor Meet at Silver St pay & display CP in the town
Judi T
Sun 19 July
*08:30 / 10:00
SX636569 PL21 0AH
Dartmoor-out from Ivybridge
11 miles moderate. My New Stomping Ground! A walk encompassing riverside, open moor and a glorious ridge. Tors, ancient bridges, stone rows, cairns and cysts, crosses and beacons all included. Tea at Raleighs
Street parking Station Road Ivybridge near the railway viaduct (not near the present railway station) Loo’s 20p by leisure centre Town centre CP
Sally C
01752 690040
Wed 22 Jul
ST299310 TA7 0BG
North Newton
4¾ miles. A level easy walk using the canal towpath, field paths, farm tracks and lanes.
Meet/park at Harvest Moon CP (pub closed daytime)
Joy W
07951 348299
Fri 24 Jul
ST299310 TA7 0BG
Around North Newton
4miles. Fairly easy.
Meet at Harvest Moon PH, North Newton. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Mike & Chris W
01823 252733
Sun 26 Jul
14:00 ST162382
Dowsborough Hillfort & Holford
5.3 miles, hilly
Meet at Dead woman’s Ditch CP
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Sun 26 July
Exmoor from Robber’s Bridge
Nearly 12 miles, “a challenging walk across farmed and open moorland”
Park at Robber’s Bridge Car Park.
Sue C B
07811 731278
Wed 29 Jul
ST419267 TA10 9PG
Langport Circular
4-5 miles, easy/moderate
Meet at Langport long stay CP in centre of town
John P
07767 441468
Fri 31 Jul
18:30 ST302113 TA20 3NG
Around Combe St Nicholas
4 – 4 ½ miles. Moderate.
Meet at Village Green, Combe St Nicholas. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Ian F
01460 55839
Walks for the next programme. If you’d like to offer a walk for the next programme, August to November 2020, please contact the relevant Assistant Programme Secretary and pick your preferred date. The end date for walk offers is Friday 12 June 2020.
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