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Current walks programme (till end October, with some gaps).

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).

The first walks since the lockdown in March
are as follows.
If you eant to print off a paper copy, you can download October as a pdf here.

See Ramblers guidance for safe walking here

Wed 30 Sept
ST137133 EX15 3RQ
Hemyock Circular via Whitehall
5.5 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at the Catherine Wheel PH (local car park or roadside parking in village).
Phil B
01823 275348
Fri 2 Oct
ST 265212 TA3 5BW
A walk from Thurlbear Church
4 miles, moderate
Meet at Thurlbear Church, Street Parking (Sorry! No meal after walk)
Phil B
01823 275348
Sun 4 Oct
SS792478 EX35 6NU
Doone Valley along the Badgworthy and back along the Coleridge Way Hilly and across open moorland, 11 miles
Meet at Malmsmead Car Park (Lorna Doone Farm). Now a NT car park so fee or bring membership card. Limited to 10 people. Please phone landline to book place from 9am 28 September up to 9pm 2 October.
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Sun 4 Oct
Wellington to Westford, Pinksmoor & Holywell Lake
4.25 miles, easy/moderate. Includes part of old canal route
Meet at Wellington Sport's Centre CP off Coram Lane (free)
Quentin H
01823 325752
Wed 7 Oct 14:00 ST150378 Crowcombe/Triscombe Circuit
4.5 miles, moderate with only one, not too steep, hill. Possible visit to Blue Ball Inn, Triscombe (outdoor) Meet at Crowcombe Park Gate CP
John O
01984 624477
Fri 9 Oct
Sun 11 Oct
ST 320083 TA20 2EZ
Chard, Cotley, Holy City, Chardstock. lovely countryside on Somerset/Devon border 9.75 miles, moderate with some hills.
Meet at Chard, Summerfields Road car park Limited to 10 people. Please book before 9pm on the 9th October
Jan F
01823 270018
Sun 11 Oct
ST425313 TA10 9DA
High Ham to Low Ham
4.5 miles, fairly easy, with one steady climb;
picturesque villages linked by field paths with
excellent views & a quiet lane.
Park in CP behind the Village Hall in High Ham
(£1 donation requested, toilets opened for us)
Neil G
01278 424929 or
07881 598871
Wed 14 Oct
ST283429 near TA6 4SS
Pawlett Hams Wetlands
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at Pawlett Barrage Balloon Hangar (roadside parking at entrance to Nature Reserve)
Mike W
01823 252733
Fri 16 Oct
Sun 18 Oct
ST663014 DT2 7GY
Cerne Abbas, Sydling St Nicholas
One of the best walks in the West Country. 10 miles in the unspoilt Dorset hills and valleys.
Meet in CP opp the village hall.
Please ring leader to confirm. See route here.
Dave P
01823 490782
Sun 18 Oct
ST207187 near TA3 7SW
Howleigh via Ruggin
5 miles moderate
Meet near former school, Blagdon Hill (roadside parking)
Philip B
01823 275348
Wed 21 Oct
14:00 prompt
ST252442 TA5 2PU
Steart Marshes Talk & Guided Walk
An introductory talk & guided walk around Steart Marshes. Donation per person £2-£5 at your discretion to Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Talk max 30 mins. Walk approx 2 hrs. Bring binoculars.
Meet at Steart Marshes main CP.
Judi T
01823 336288
Fri 23 Oct
Saturday 24th alter your clocks: "Spring forward, fall back"
Sun 25 Oct
Sun 25 Oct
Wed 28 Oct
Wells to Dinder, returning via Dulcote and the Strawberry Line. 4 miles, easy. Almost level on an even track with no stiles. Lovely views of Wells Cathedral on the return journey.
Meet at entrance to the Bishop’s Palace. Please telephone Liz to book a place. NB Wells outdoor market takes place on a Wednesday, why not make a day of it?
Liz H
01823 490828 or 07876031910
Fri 30 Oct
Walks for the next programme. If you’d like to offer a walk for the next programme, please contact the relevant Assistant Programme Secretary and pick your preferred date.
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