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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, 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.

As a change from walking, try this latest video from Danny MacAskill. Unbelievable.

Thought for the day
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.

Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.

Adam Lindsay Gordon, 19th century Australian poet

Last day for booking your place on the Walk leadership workshop: Friday 24th January.
See back page of the programme here
Sun 19 Jan
ST359143 TA19 0EF
Ilminster & Donyatt
4¼ miles. Fairly easy, no stiles but several Rambler gates. A couple of inclines near the start. Will be muddy in places. Possible visit to Donyatt Church
Meet at Orchard Vale CP, Wharf Lane (off Canal Way), Ilminster
Andy & Val N
Sun 19 Jan
ST359143 TA19 0EF
Out from Ilminster
10 miles. Moderate
Meet at Orchard Vale CP, Wharf Lane (off Canal Way), Ilminster
Wendy & Linda
Wed 22 Jan
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
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
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
ST275255 TA3 5PR
A walk around Creech St Michael
CANCELLED: flooded
Daphne H
Wed 29 Jan
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
Fri 31 Jan
This walk now on Feb 7th  
Sun 2 Feb
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
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
Lydeard Hill Circular via Cothelstone Hill 5 miles. Moderate/hilly Meet at Lydeard Hill CP Cath R
01823 270308
Fri 7 Feb
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
Spring/Summer start times commence for Wednesday & Sunday afternoons
Sun 9 Feb
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
Sun 09 Feb
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
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
ST207187 Nr TA3 7SW
Howleigh via Ruggin
5 miles, moderate
Meet near former school, Blagdon Hill (road parking)
Philip B
Sun 16 Feb
ST107228 TA21 0RL
Langford Budville circular
10 miles. Moderate
Meet at Langford Budville Jubilee VH
Wendy & Linda
Wed 19 Feb
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
Fri 21 Feb
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
Another true story, from a Basset friend.
She was at her best friend's funeral who was the same age as her. Hearing of this a small boy with a loud voice asked "But why aren't you dead?"
Sun 23 Feb
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
ST320084 TA20 2EZ
Holy City, Chardstock and Burridge Common
10 miles. Moderate/hilly
Start Crowshute Link CP (upper section), Chard
Jan F
Wed 26 Feb
ST131207 TA21 8LL
Wellington, Westford & Payton
5 miles. Moderate
Meet at Wellington Sports Centre, Corams Lane, Wellington
Martin S
Sun 1 Mar
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
Sun 1 Mar
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
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
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
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
ST140366 TA4 4AA
Details to follow.
Meet at Crowcombe CP, near the church
Jane L
07779 142227
Wed 11 Mar
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
Lynda S
07942 230453
"Harold MacMillan had a very expensive education: Eton and Suez" said Harold Wilson.
Fri 13 Mar
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
Sun 15 Mar
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
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
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
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
Sun 22 Mar
SX803884 EX6 7EQ
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
Sun 22 Mar
ST075374 TA4 4JE
Monksilver & Roadwater circuit
10 miles. Some hills.
Park at EMN Community Hall at Monksilver, donations please
Carol A
07999 770039
Wed 25 Mar
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
Fri 27 Mar
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
Sun 29 Mar
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
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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