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Current walks programme (till end July 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.

Thought for the month. Creationists believe the earth is just 6000 years old - and that Noah gathered in all the animals on earth. There are around 1.2 million diffferent species - some say many more - so if the animals went in 2 x 2, that's 2.4 million to be collected, fed, kept from eating each other . . . He must have been busy. Learn more here.
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. (linear walk)
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
“The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.” ― Martha Gellhorn, war journalist, writer, 3rd wife of Hemingway.
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
Fri 1 Jun
ST275294 TA2 8RF
Around Thurloxton
Dot’s Favourite Friday Walk
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Maypole Inn, Thurloxton (optional meal at The Maypole)
Dot M
Sun 3 Jun
A trip with the Exe factor (Dot’s Favourite Walk) Coach to Topsham, boat to Exmouth and walk back. 6 miles, easy and fairly level. Tea option.
Meet at west end of Hankridge CP, by Halford’s Pre-booking required (see application form in newsletter section page 16)
Colin & Heather F 288588
" Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. "
Albert Einstein
Sun 3 Jun
SY139919 EX10 0SD
Sidbury, White Cross, Plyford Farm, East Devon Way. 10 miles. Moderate with some hills. Tea and cake at Florabil.
Meet Sidbury CP behind village hall or park roadside in village centre
Roger H
Wed 6 Jun
ST318148 TA19 9QR
Horton, Sticklepath and Chilworthy
5½ miles, moderate
Meet at Horton Village Hall
Ann W
01460 54622
Fri 8 Jun
ST232194 TA3 7BU
The Blackdowns from Corfe. Gill’s Favourite Walk
4 miles, moderate with one longish climb
Meet at The White Hart PH, Corfe (optional meal at The White Hart)
Gill L
Saturday 9 June starting at 7.30pm Barn Dance at Trull Memorial Hall
Tickets are £10 and include a live band and caller, a ploughman’s supper and soft drinks. BYO alcohol. Tickets will be on sale on walks or contact >
Liz Ollerenshaw
283563 or Lynda Stewart
Sun 10 Jun
ST080279 TA4 2LJ
West Deane Way Stage 4. Tolland to Wiveliscombe. (linear walk)
4½ miles, moderate. Car share from Wiveliscombe
main CP to Tolland Church CP
Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Lynda S
07942 230453

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more."
Lord Byron

Sun 10 Jun
SS774395 TA24 7SH
Exmoor, Simonsbath, Picked Stones, and Barle Valley.
9/10 miles, moderate.
Start at Ashcombe car park, Exmoor (on B3223 between pub and church).
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Wed 13 Jun
SS998131 SHORT
The Swan's neck circular section of the Grand Western Canal
2¼ miles. A short but pleasant walk with a tea stop. Meet at Tiverton Bridge CP.
Joanna M
01398 332301
Fri 15 Jun
ST299310 TA7 0BG
Mike's Favourite North Newton walk
4½ miles, fairly easy
Meet at Harvest Moon PH, North Newton (optional meal at Harvest Moon)
Mike & Chris
W 252733
Sun 17 Jun
Lydeard Hill, Aisholt & Triscombe Stone
5½ miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Lydeard Hill CP
Evan L
01278 451388
Sun 17 Jun
ST749353 BA10 0JS
Alfred’s Tower and Stourhead.
A grand 10 miles moderate walk through three counties wending around Stourhead with an available pub halt at Bourton.
Meet at Alfred’s Tower car park
Miss Moppett
Wed 20 Jun
ST137344 TA4 4PA
Crowcombe Station to Stogumber
3¾ miles, easy. Tea option at Stogumber Station, 16:17 train back.
Meet at Crowcombe Station
John O
01984 624477
"See something, say something, do something."
Madeleine Albright, former Sec of State speaking of Trump, April 2018.
Fri 22 Jun
ST174219 TA4 1ET
Short & sweet from the end of the world
3½ – 4 miles, moderate
Meet at The World's End PH, Bradford on Tone (optional meal at The Worlds End)
Wendy M
Sun 24 Jun
SX724902 EX6 6PB
Teign Gorge from Castle Drogo. Alan's Dartmoor Favourite 4 miles, moderate, with one sustained incline. NT cafe at start/finish & riverside pub en route.
Meet Castle Drogo NT CP (£4 for non-members)
Alan & Janice C
Sun 24 Jun
SS906349 TA24 7JE
Yellowcombe, Tarr Steps and The Punchbowl
9 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Winsford CP
Michael B
Wed 27 Jun
ST478168 TA14 6RW
Ham Hill circular via Montacute
Approx 4 miles – Moderate. A partly hilly walk, possibly muddy with a few stiles. Good countryside views, dogs on leads please.
Meet at Ham Hill Centre (Ranger’s Hut) adjacent to toilets, free parking.
Robert W
Fri 29 Jun
ST220297 TA2 8HW
A Kingston jaunt
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Swan PH, Kingston St Mary (optional meal at The Swan)
Philip B
Sun 1 Jul
East Devon Way from Hawkerland Valley
5 miles, moderate with good views.
Park at Hawkerland Valley CP on A3052 (on right, between Halfway House Inn & Newton Poppleford)
Susannah B & Josephine S 01884 821256 or 07796 772726

"Some of nature's most exquisite handiwork is on a miniature scale, as anyone knows who has applied a magnifying glass to a snowflake. "
Rachel Carson

Sun 1 Jul
Woodbury Common Circular.
10 – 11 miles, moderate. Commons and Plantations Meet at CP south side B3180
01984 623621
Wed 4 Jul
ST173229 TA4 1HF
Bradford-on-Tone, includes East Nynehead Tone Aqueduct
Approx 5 miles - Easy to Moderate
Street parking in Bradford-on-Tone and meet in front of the pub.
M 663911
Fri 6 Jul
ST273257 TA3 5DP
Creech & Bathpool (Canal & River)
4 miles, fairly easy, but stiles
Meet at The Bell Inn PH, Creech St Michael (optional meal at The Bell)
Alan W
Sun 8 Jul
ST305455 TA9 3RN
3 Rivers, a Channel, 2 Islands & 2 Countries. Mike's Favourite 5 miles, fairly easy, with coastal views.
Meet at St Peter & All Hallows Church, West Huntspill (street parking)
Mike W
Sun 8 Jul
SX759767 near TQ13 9XT
Dartmoor Tor Bagging.
12 miles, moderate.
Meet at CP approx. 1 km west of Haytor Vale
Peter W
Wed 11 Jul
SS898455 TA24 8HY
Horner, Bossington and Porlock
5 miles, easy, with great views but with one steep hill. Tea and bird spotting options
Meet at Horner NT CP (fee for non-members)
John O
01984 624477
Fri 13 Jul
ST077413 TA4 4SN
Williton, Watchet or similar: Quentin’s Favourite Walk 4½ miles, easy/moderate
Meet at Masons Arms PH, Williton (optional meal at Mason's Arms)
Quentin H
Sun 15 Jul
SS992437 TA24 6SL
Bats Castle, Timberscombe & Grabbist Hill. Peter's Favourite Walk
8½ miles, moderate/hilly, but at a leisurely pace. Bring packed lunch.
Meet at Dunster Castle NT CP (£3.50 for non-members) Note much earlier start time
Peter W
07762 919883
Sun 15 Jul
ST173395 TA5 1LE
Quantock Greenway - part 3 (linear walk)
11 miles, moderate/hilly. Crowcombe to Walfords Gibbet. All cars to meet at Walfords Gibbet for 09:40 shuttle to the start of the linear walk at Crowcombe. Please do not have more than one passenger in your car and please all meet at Walfords Gibbet. Have spare shoes or plastic bags to leave at Walfords Gibbet. See page 16 of newsletter.
Sally & Davina
01278 662285
01823 256834
Tue 17 July
Open Afternoon at Trull Church Community Centre Displays, workshops and tea, and maybe a walk? An opportunity to bring interested friends along. See newsletter page 14.
Parking at Trull Village Hall
Wed 18 Jul
West Deane Way: Stage 5. Wiveliscombe to Waterrow (linear walk)
5 miles, hilly. 11:00 bus No 25 from Taunton Bus Station, Stop C. Alight at the Square in Wiveliscombe. Bring a packed lunch. 15:54 bus No 25 from Waterrow to Taunton. Back at 16:51
Note much earlier start time
John O
01984 624477
Judi T
07870 871057
Fri 20 Jul
ST034435 TA24 6JP
A Blue Anchor evening stroll
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at The Blue Anchor Hotel, Blue Anchor (optional meal at Blue Anchor Hotel)
Mo & Pete M
07774 471382
Sun 22 Jul
SS906349 TA24 7JE
An Exmoor (Exe)cursion revisited Joy’s Favourite Walk 5 miles, one steady climb & great views.
Meet at Winsford roadside CP (Tea option)
Joy C
Sun 22 Jul
ST899207 SP7 0EL
Zig Zag hill and Tollard Royal (nr Shaftesbury).
10 pretty gentle miles Lovely views from escarpment and valley: walk past Guy Ritchie's house (Madonna's ex) to posh Tollard Royal. Tea back at Shaftesbury Gold Hill if you like.
Park in large lay-by on right ¼ mile beyond summit of Zig Zag hill.
Miss Moppett
"I think one of the things about creativity is not to be afraid of saying the wrong thing."
Sydney Brenner, one of the prime movers in deciphering the human genome. He learned to read off the newspaper used as a tablecloth in S Africa. He qualified as a doctor at 18 but was not allowed to practice so young. In 2002 he became a Nobel Laureate along with John Sulston and Bob Horwitz. Of course.
Wed 25 Jul
14:00 ST275256
Canal & River Tone from Creech St Michael
Approx 5 miles, easy with lovely views.
Meet at Canal side CP Creech St Michael
Martin S
Fri 27 Jul
ST136132 EX15 3RQ
Colin's Favourite Walk (medieval elephant)
4¼ miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at The Catherine Wheel PH, Hemyock (Park in Village CP - meal in Catherine Wheel)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 29 Jul
ST137435 TA5 1EJ
East Quantoxhead & the Quantocks
5 miles, moderate. Tea option at the Chantry on return
Meet East Quantoxhead CP (fee)
John O
01984 624477
Sun 29 Jul Sunday long walk. Date still available.