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Current walks programme (till end November 2018).
(You can download the programme August to November as a pdf 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).

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

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.

“Trump said he'd drain the swamp, but he's swamping the drain,"
Bill Maher, US comedian
Fri 7 Sep
ST272257 TA3 5DP
Out From Creech St Michael
4 miles, fairly easy.
Meet at The Bell Inn PH, Creech St Michael (Optional Meal at The Bell Inn)
Alan W
Sun 9 Sep
ST043271 TA4 2PZ
Chipstable & the River Tone
4 miles approx., moderate with one steep descent into Tone valley. One steep ascent
Meet by Chipstable church, limited roadside parking
Dot M & Lynda S 270773 07942 230453
Sun 9 Sep
ST594106 DT9 6LG
10 miles, moderate.
Park by church at Church St, Yetminster.
Terry & Claire
"Politics is show-business for the ugly. They are weirdos: very, very rarely have any interest in the welfare of the country," Hugh Grant talking to Seth Meyers, US comedian earlier this month.
Wed 12 Sep
ST173219 TA4 1HF
West Deane Way: Stage 8. Bradford-on-Tone to Taunton 5 miles, easy. 13:55 bus No 22 from Taunton Bus Station, Stop B. Alight at Heatherton Park on Wellington Road. Note earlier start time Judi T 07870 871057 Lynda S 07942 230453
Fri 14 Sep
ST283429 TA6 4SS * (*closest)
Pawlett Hams Wetlands
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet near Pawlett Barrage Balloon Hanger Roadside parking. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Lyn B & Lynda D 07970772613
Sun 16 Sep
ST080279 TA4 2LJ
Wiveliscombe & Langley Marsh
3¾ miles, moderate
Meet North Street CP, Wiveliscombe Possible tea option
John O
01984 624477
Sun 16 Sep
SY393954 DT6 6RF
Delightful Dorset
10 miles, hilly start / moderate later Whitchurch Canonicorum, Hell Lane, Jans Hill and back via Marshwood Vale
Meet at Whitchurch Canonicorum village hall, Lower Street. Donations please. Tea option at the lovely Annie’s, Morcombelake
Sally C
Wed 19 Sep
Cothelstone Hill walk
5 miles, hilly with one long moderately steep hill. Via Ivyton Farm and Buncombe Wood
Meet Cothelstone hill CP
Cath R
Fri 21 Sep
ST232194 TA3 7BU
Corfe Circular
3¼ - 3½ miles, fairly easy with fields, lanes & stiles Meet at The White Hart PH, Corfe (Road parking if not eating). (Optional meal at The White Hart)
Andy & Val N
Sun 23 Sep
ST352209 TA3 6RH
Two Isles on the Somerset Levels
4½ miles, easy with some stiles, possible mud.
Meet at St Mary the Virgin Church, Isle Abbotts. Very limited roadside parking, please car share
Robert W
""I will have no locked cupboards in my life."
- Gertrude Bell, archeologist, explorer, linguist, creator of Iraq
Sun 23 Sep
‘Victoria’s favourite tea room’
11 - 12 miles, moderate/hilly Old Familiars - Will’s Neck, Knacker’s Hole, Dead Woman’s Ditch.
Meet Crowcombe Park Gate. Stable Cottage for tea.
Jan F
Wed 26 Sep
ST190397 TA5 1LW
Nether Stowey to Dowsborough Circuit
5½ miles approx., moderate/hilly. Out on the Coleridge Way, back through woodland.
Park at Nether Stowey Library CP
Janice C
Fri 28 Sep
ST221161 TA3 7EA
Holman Clavel Circular
4 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Holman Clavel PH. (Roadside Parking) (Optional Meal at Holman Clavel)
Philip B
Sun 30 Sep
ST252422 TA5 2PU
Steart Marshes, Stockland Bristol & Bridgwater Bay
5 miles, fairly easy. Fields, tracks & village roads. Could be muddy. WWT site, bring binoculars.
Meet Steart Marshes Main CP
Andy & Val N
Sun 30 Sep
ST043311 TA4 2EJ
Clatworthy reprise
11 miles, moderate. Clatworthy reservoir & surrounding countryside
Meet at Clatworthy reservoir car park
Martin & Monica 252332
Wed 3 Oct
ST437371 TA7 9PZ
Ashcott, Pedwell and the Samaritans Way
6 miles, moderate
Park and meet at Ashcott Village Hall near the church
Martin S
Fri 5 Oct
ST260282 TA2 8NP
Out From West Monkton
3½ - 4 miles, moderate. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at The Monkton Inn, West Monkton (Optional Meal at The Monkton Inn)
Rod & Ruth F
Sun 7 Oct Date still available for Sunday afternoon. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Janice C  
Sun 7 Oct
ST140366 TA4 4AA
Quantock Hills
10 miles, moderate/hilly Combes & Forest Revisited. Meet Crowcombe village CP
Peter W
Walks for the next programme - Winter 2018 If you’d like to offer a walk for the next programme, December 2018 - March 2019, please contact the relevant Assistant Programme Secretary and pick your preferred date. The end date for walk offers is 8 October 2018
Wed 10 Oct
Langford Budville & The Tone
4½ miles, easy/moderate
Meet Langford Heathfield lay-by
John O
01984 624477
Fri 12 Oct
ST168291 TA4 3BW
Around Bishops Lydeard
3½ - 4 miles, moderate. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at The Lethbridge Arms PH, Bishops Lydeard. (Optional Meal at The Lethbridge Arms)
Quentin H
Sun 14 Oct
SS992436 TA24 6SL
King’s Hedge Copse - Bats Castle Circuit
5 miles approx., moderate/hilly. Very scenic.
Park at Dunster Castle NT CP. Fee for non-members (£4.50)
Janice & Alan C
Sun 14 Oct
ST333646 BS22 9UH
Sand Bay, Woodsprings Priory & Sand Point
10 miles, easy/moderate. CP Beach Road/Sand Road, Sand Bay. (Weston super Mare).
Possible tea option at end of walk.
Margaret 331349 & Eileen 282755
""Until quite recently I've been wholly cut off from [the Shias] because their tenets forbid them to look upon an unveiled woman and my tenets don't permit me to veil. Nor is it any good trying to make friends through the women - if they were allowed to see me they would veil before me as if I were a man. So you see I appear to be too female for one sex and too male for the other." - Gertrude Bell, founder of Iraq
Wed 17 Oct
Triscombe, Aisholt Common, Great Hill
Dave's favourite walk 5½ - 6 miles, hilly.
Parking in lay-by on left past the Pub (The Blue Ball) in Triscombe
Dave G
Fri 19 Oct
ST107193 TA21 0HB
A Circular Walk From The Beam bridge
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at The Beambridge PH on A38. (Optional Meal at The Beambridge)
Mike & Chris W
Sun 21 Oct
ST359143 TA19 0EX
Out from Ilminster
5 - 6 miles, moderate
Meet at Canal Way CP, Ilminster
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Sun 21 Oct
SY517962 DT6 3TD
Powerstock, Poorton, Hooke - and Hungry Hill
11 miles of glorious Dorset. This route last walked in 2012.
Meet by the church, not the pub (later)
Miss Moppett
Wed 24 Oct
Castle Neroche and Blackwater
4 miles. A forest walk with easy paths and some steep slopes.
Meet at Castle Neroche CP
Lynda S 272405
07942 230453
Fri 26 Oct
ST299310 TA7 0BG
Around North Newton
3½ - 4 mile, fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at Harvest Moon PH, North Newton (Optional Meal at Harvest Moon)
Mike & Chris W
Winter start times commence for Wednesday & Sunday afternoons
Sun 28 Oct
ST275255 TA3 5PR
Creech St Michael, Ham & Thornfalcon
4½ miles, easy with optional climb up Thornfalcon Mump
Park at Creech St Michael canal side CP, Vicarage Lane
Pat P
Sun 28 Oct
ST102135 EX15 3JD
Culm Valley and Blackdown Hills
10 miles, moderate.
Start in Culmstock village.
Davina C
Wed 31 Oct
Clavelshay & Burlinch
6 miles, moderate Circular walk on paths and lanes taking in Clavelshay and Burlinch. The Maypole Inn is close by for a bite to eat after if anyone is interested.
Meet & park on lay-by on the A38 opposite Thurloxton fruit farm Note morning start time
Sally C
Fri 2 Nov
ST212238 TA1 5NZ
Out From The Shepherds (Urban Walk)
4 miles, easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at The Shepherd's Rest PH, Galmington (Optional Meal at Shepherd's Rest)
Gill L
Sun 4 Nov
ST223246 TA1 4AS
West along the River Tone
4½ miles approx., easy, with tea option.
Meet at Enfield CP on Castle St, Taunton.
Gill L
Sun 4 Nov
ST447535 BS27 3DR
Two Ups, some Downs and a Reservoir
10¼ miles, moderate with 2 steep climbs
Start Cheddar reservoir CP, Sharpham Road. Free parking
Wendy 331058
& Linda 662232
Wed 7 Nov
No walk today. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Fri 9 Nov
ST031142 EX16 7BJ
Sampford Peverell Urban & Canal
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at Merriemeade PH, Sampford Peverell (Optional Meal at The Merriemeade)
Richard M
Sun 11 Nov
ST085114 EX15 3NL
Out & about Ashill (Devon)
5 miles, moderate
Meet at Ashill Village Hall, near Uffculme.
Philip B
Sun 11 Nov
SS974319 TA22 9NY
Circling north and east of Wimbleball
9 - 10 miles, moderate Some hills and probably muddy Meet Bessom Bridge Car Park, Wimbleball Lake
Bridget H
01984 623621
Wed 14 Nov
Compton Dundon and Hood Monument
4½ miles, moderate Children In Need walk, collection bucket for CIN.
Parking in lay-by opposite youth hostel
Judi T
07870 871057
Fri 16 Nov
ST139204 TA21 8NR
An Urban Wellington Walk
3½ - 4 miles, easy. (Bring A Torch)
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional Meal at The Green Dragon PH)
Wendy M
Sun 18 Nov
ST139204 TA21 8NS
Towards Quarts Moor
5 miles approx., moderate with one steep incline. Meet at South Street CP, Wellington.
Richard M
Sun 18 Nov
ST137435 TA5 1EJ
East Quantoxhead and the Quantocks
10½ miles, hilly
Meet at East Quantoxhead CP (fee)
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Wed 21 Nov
ST080279 TA4 2LJ
Wiveliscombe & Oakhampton quarry
5 miles, moderate/hilly with two steep descents. Tea option
Meet North Street CP, Wiveliscombe
John O
01984 624477
Fri 23 Nov Taunton Deane Ramblers AGM. See page 13 of the newsletter section for more details  
Sun 25 Nov
Higher Hare Knap & Somerton Combe
4½ miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Crowcombe Park Gate CP
Michael B & Joyce L 274827 or 432182
Sun 25 Nov
SS854384 TA24 7PP
Circular walk from Exford
9 miles, moderate. Staddon Hill, Kitnor Heath and Edgcott.
Meet Exford car park - entry just past the school
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Wed 28 Nov
ST223320 TA5 2EQ
Out from Fyne Court
5 miles approx., moderate
Meet near toilets at Fyne Court. Parking free for NT members.
Cath R
Fri 30 Nov
ST224251 TA1 1DQ
A Taunton Stroll From The Kings
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy. (Bring a Torch)
Meet at The Kings Arms PH, Staplegrove Road (Optional Meal at The King's Arms)
Liz O
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