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Current walks programme (till end May 2018).

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.

"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." CS Lewis.
Wed 21 Mar
EX16 7RH
Knightshayes Estate:
A spring walk around plantations, park and farmland Approx 4½-5 miles, moderate
Meet Bolham nr Tiverton (off A396) by the disused railway bridge; optional tea stop
Joanna M
01398 332301
Fri 23 Mar
Creech to Knapp (The Flat Route)
4 miles, fairly easy (Daylight Walk but Bring a Torch)
Meet The Bell Inn PH, Creech St Michael.
Alan W
Sun 25 Mar
Staple Fitzpaine
4-5 miles, easyish: woods, lanes & fields
Meet Greyhound PH, Staple Fitzpaine
Lynda S & Dot M 272405
Sun 25 Mar
Lynton, Valley of the Rocks and Watersmeet
10 miles, hilly
Meet Hillsford Bridge CP
Jan F
Wed 28 Mar
EX14 3NF
(a very pretty village with thatched cottages. A walk with magnificent views firstly up hill then a flat bit, at the end a good long downhill stretch) Approx 4½ miles, moderate
Usually parking available in the broad village street
Dot 270773 &
Lynda 272405
Fri 30 Mar
Blagdon Hill Circular
4 miles, moderate
Meet The Lamb & Flag PH, Blagdon Hill
Philip B
"Retirement is a funny proposition to me. Nobody can tell me what I would retire to. Stagnation ain't gonna look good on me."
Duke Ellington, who probably composed 1000 tunes.
Sun 1 Apr
From 14:00
ST221229 TA1 4XW
A Fool's Walk
4½ miles, easy - footpaths, fields & lanes. A riddling guide to your walk will be provided.
Meet by field gate at bottom of Queen's Drive (second cul-de-sac on right - roadside parking)
You, collectively or singly
Sun 1 Apr
ST221229 TA1 4XW

A Fool's Walk
8.5 miles, easy, but possibly wet underfoot. A riddling guide to your walk will be provided
Meet by field-gate at bottom of Queen's Drive
(second cul-de-sac on right - roadside parking)
Note later start time

You, collectively or singly,


Wed 4 Apr
14:00 SS992437
TA24 6SG
Historical Dunster
4 miles
Meet at Dunster Castle CP. (Free for NT members)
Mo & Pete M
07774 471382
Fri 6 Apr
ST216221 TA3 7JZ
Around Trull
3½ – 4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at Church CP, Trull (optional meal at The Winchester Arms)
Mike W
Sun 8 Apr
14:00 SS974318
TA22 9NU
Wimbleball Lake & St James's Church Ruins
5¾ miles, moderate
Meet Bessom Bridge CP, Wimbleball Lake
Michael B & Joyce L 274827 or 432182
Sun 8 Apr
SS 885466.
New to printed programme
Doverhay - Granny's ride to Luccot Farm.

9 Miles, Medium grade walk with good views.
Start at Porlock Recreation Ground

Chris H
01643 709455
07792 731126
Wed 11 Apr
West Deane Way: Stage 1. Kingston St Mary to Taunton
4½ miles, easy to Taunton Goodland Gardens.
Bus from Parade (Fat Face stop) No 23 at 13:15 to Kingston St Mary. Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Lynda S
07942 230453
"I should be paid no more than a dustman because I love what I do," said Sir John Sulston, Nobel Laureate and prime mover behind sequencing the human genome, who died 8th March aged 75. He also called himself a Green Marxist and spent seven years microscoping C. Elegans a 1mm nematode worm. "If you understand the worm, you understand life."
Fri 13 Apr
ST087113 EX15 3NL
Out and about Ashill (Uffculme)
4 Miles, moderate
Meet at The Ashill Inn, Ashill, Devon. Limited parking, street parking or village hall. (optional meal at The Ashill Inn)
Philip B
Sun 15 Apr Sunday short walk. Date still available.  
Sun 15 Apr
ST222320 TA5 2EH
Quantock Greenway - part 1 (linear walk) 11½ miles, moderate/hilly. Walfords Gibbet to Fyne Court. All cars to meet at Fyne Court for 09:30 shuttle to the start of the linear walk at Walfords Gibbet. Please do not have more than one passenger in your car and please all meet at Fyne Court. (NT members please bring membership cards for free parking) Have spare shoes or plastic bags to leave at Fyne Court. See here for more details. Sally & Davina 01278 662285 01823 256834
Wed 18 Apr
ST154411 TA5 1RY
Janice's Quantock Favourite: a Horseshoe
5 miles, moderate/hilly - Higher Hare Knap up, Woodlands Hill down. Great views.
Park at Holford Bowling Green CP
Janice & Alan
C 257337
Fri 20 Apr Date still available.  
Sun 22 Apr
ST134099 EX14 4RW
Out from Stentwood Farm
5 miles, moderate/hilly. Tea option at end.
Meet/park at Stentwood Farm (near Dunkeswell)
Richard M 669080
Sun 22 Apr
A moorland walk from Brendon Two Gates
11 miles, hilly. Along Badgworthy Water to Cloud Farm and back along Lanacombe.
Meet Brendon Two Gates
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Wed 25 Apr
14:00 ST223297
Kingston St Mary to countryside South of the village 5 miles, easy
Meet at Kingston St Mary Church CP
Dave G
Fri 27 Apr
ST168291 TA4 3BW
Around Bishops Lydeard
3½ - 4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Lethbridge Arms PH, Bishops Lydeard (optional meal at The Lethbridge Arms)
Quentin H
Sun 29 Apr
ST223297 TA2 8HW
Gadd's Bottom & Nailsbourne
5½ miles, moderate with a few stiles, steep incline near the start. Could be muddy.
Meet Kingston St Mary Church overflow CP
Andy & Val N
"I really believe I would have rushed in even if I didn't have a weapon," said Donald Trump on the Parkland Florida school shooting, forgetting that he had obtained five draft deferrals during the Vietnam war.
Sun 29 Apr
ST204022 EX14 9HJ
Circular walk starting at Cotleigh Village Hall. Around 10 miles, moderate. Tea at the Royal Oak Farm Meet at Cotleigh Village Hall Claire and Terry 442661
Wed 2 May
West Deane Way: Stage 2. West Bagborough to Kingston St Mary
5 miles, easy to moderate.
Park outside school, Church CP or at pub if eating. 13:30 bus No 23 from Kingston St Mary (opp Swan Inn) to West Bagborough. Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Lynda S
07942 230453
Fri 4 May
ST419266 TA10 9PG
Out from Langport Liz’s Favourite Walk
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at Langport Main CP (far end) (optional meal at The Black Swan)
Liz O
Sun 6 May
Kilve to Lilstock, Shirley's Coastal Favourite
5 miles, easy/moderate, coast path & lanes
Park at Kilve Beach CP (fee)
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Sun 6 May
ST418382 TA9 9LS
Shapwick, Sharpham Park, Walton, Pedwell Hill.
10-11 miles moderate.
Meet at Shapwick Church
Wendy & Linda
331058, 662232
Wed 9 May 14:00 ST418382 TA7 9NE Avalon Marshes Heritage Walk
About 6 miles, moderate. Rhynes and Rare breeds, Shapwick to Catcott along the Polden Ridge.
Meet at Shapwick Church
Liz H
Fri 11 May
ST089171 EX16 7JY
Around the Poachers Pocket: Richard’s Favourite Walk
4 miles, moderate
Meet at Poachers Pocket PH. (A38 Red Ball) (optional meal at Poachers Pocket)
Richard M
Sun 13 May
Cothelstone Hill, Terhill & Twenty Acre Plantation
5 miles, hilly.
Meet Cothelstone Hill CP
Cath R
Sun 13 May
ST487378 BA6 8AA
Glastonbury Tor and surrounding area.
Approximately 10 miles, a couple of climbs but not hard.
Roadside parking just beyond Street, going towards Glastonbury. Turn right onto ‘The Roman Way’.
Daphne H
Margaret M
Wed 16 May
ST031435 TA24 6JR
Blue Anchor to Watchet
5½ miles moderate but may include shore.
Park at East End of Blue Anchor prom
Cath R
Fri 18 May
ST183249 TA4 1AL
Allerford to Hillfarrance (& Back)
4 miles, Fairly easy, with stiles & railway crossing
Meet at Allerford Inn PH (optional meal at Allerford Inn)
Andy & Val N
Sun 20 May
ST101323 TA4 3PR
West Deane Way Stage 3. West Bagborough to Tolland.
6 miles, moderate.
Car share from Tolland Church CP to West Bagborough (roadside parking by pub) Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Lynda S
07942 230453
Sun 20 May
ST100047 EX14 3NG
Start from Broadhembury Memorial Hall CP
10 miles, moderate with some hills. Broadhembury, Blackborough Common, Downsland Plantation.
Jan F
Wed 23 May
ST029435 TA24 6JS
Blue Anchor, Old Cleeve, Bilbrook, Macmillan Way West, Withycombe – Mike’s Favourite Walk
6 miles, moderate, with one longish climb.
Meet on Blue Anchor Sea Front, near Home Farm.
Mike W
Fri 25 May
ST303487 TA8 1BT
Burnham-on-Sea & Beach (tide permitting)
4 - 4½ miles, fairly easy
Meet on Sea Front (opposite B & M CP) (optional meal after walk)
Lyn B
07970 772613
Sun 27 May
ST419266 TA10 9PG
Langport Circular
6 miles, moderate
Meet in main CP in town centre (free)
Philip B
Sun 27 May
ST140367 TA4 4AA
Quantock Greenway - part 2 (linear walk)
8½ miles, moderate/hilly. Fyne Court to Crowcombe. All cars to meet at Crowcombe for 09:30 shuttle to the start of the linear walk at Fyne Court. (NT members please bring membership cards for free parking) Please do not have more than one passenger in your car and please all meet at Crowcombe. Have spare shoes or plastic bags to leave at Crowcombe. See back page of programme here.
Sally & Davina
01278 662285
01823 256834
Wed 30 May
ST308298 TA7 0DH
Maunsel Lock Circular
4-4½ miles, fairly easy with stiles, fields & lanes Possible tea option at end.
Meet at Lower Maunsel Lock CP
Lyn B
07970 772613