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Current walks programme (till end July 2020).
You can download the current programme here as a pdf.
Or the April - July 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.

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Franklin Roosevelt in his 1933 Inauguration speech.

All walks CANCELLED as from 18th March (see Late News)
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
As we all get older some may become confused as to what day it is. So just remember that yesterday tomorrow was today, and tomorrow today was yesterday. Hope that helps.
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  
Wed 1 Apr
ST391254 TA10 0HE

Out from Curry Rivel - No mud!
Approx 4 miles. A walk along the lanes around Curry Rivel, lovely views over the levels and South Somerset. Meet at the CP behind Sandpits. This CP can be full so allow time to find alternative parking.

Liz H
07876 31910
Fri 3 Apr Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Mike W  
Sun 5 Apr
ST488285 TA11 7PR
Somerton to Kingsdon Wood
6.6 miles,easyish, with one climb; fields & lanes with good views
Park in public CP behind Unicorn Hotel, off West St. Note earlier start time
Neil G
01278 424929
07881 598871
It would seem that not many Ramblers were in the Scouts (or Guides) as we were taught then, vociferously, to walk facing the oncoming traffic. As an occasional leader it puzzles me how the group splits like the Red Sea when a car approaches, rather than all walk on the right. Ah me. . .
Sun 5 April
ST203125. TA3 7RQ
The Blackdown Hills, “Hills and Mud”
10 to 12 miles. Hilly. Towards Hemyock and back, Paye Plantation, Beer Hill, Biscombe Hill, Hole Combe, Hartsmoor.
Park at Redlane Farm on the drive
Peter A
01823 601497
Wed 8 Apr
ST223297 TA2 8HA
Kingston St Mary Circular via Tetton Estate
Approx 6 miles, moderate; one steepish climb
Meet at Kingston St Mary Church CP (overflow)
Tor T & Lynda K
01823 480814
Fri 10 Apr Good Friday – No walk offered  
Sun 12 Apr
ST275255 TA3 5PW
Creech St Michael Canal/Tone Circuit
4.5 miles, easy; towpath, fields & lanes
Park in Creech St Michael Canalside CP
Lily S
01823 288835
Sun 12 April
The Barle and the Exe from Withypool including Winsford Hill and the Punchbowl. Approx 11 miles, moderate/hilly.
Park Withypool Car Park

Sue C-B

Wed 15 Apr
ST111372 TA4 3TR (nearest)
Stogumber Station to Bicknoller
5½ miles, fairly easy, but one incline. Circular walk. Park/meet at Stogumber Station on the West Somerset Railway. Limited parking, please car share. Possible tea option
Kim A
01823 336784
Fri 17 Apr
ST260282 TA2 8NP
Around West Monkton
3 ½ miles. Moderate.
Meet at Monkton Inn PH, West Monkton. (Optional meal after walk)
Joy C
01823 282827
Sun 19 Apr
ST207187 Nr TA3 7SW
Howleigh via Ruggin
5 miles, moderate
Meet near former school, Blagdon Hill (roadside parking)
Philip B
Sun 19 April
A walk around Creech St Michael,
10 miles easy.
Creech St Michael. Knapp.
Meet at Canal side car park, Creech St Michael
Daphne H
01823 254151
Wed 22 Apr
TA10 9PG
Langport & its surrounds
5 Miles. Flat, easy walk with road walking, green lanes across moors & past attractive hamlets.
Park in main CP (long stay) in the centre of Langport
Neil G
01278 424929
Fri 24 Apr
Cannington Circular
3 ½ miles. Fairly Easy.
Meet at Friendly Spirit PH, Cannington.
(Optional meal after walk)

Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 26 Apr
Corfe & Pitminster
4 miles, easy
Park near church & war memorial, by Mill Lane,
in centre of Corfe village

Joy C
Sun 26 April
TA23 0SH
Coleridge Way through the Brendons and the Mineral Railway Incline
11 miles, moderate/hilly with a long steep climb up the incline.
Meet at Luxborough Village hall CP (small donation for parking welcome)
Lynda K
01823 480814
Wed 29 Apr
TA20 3RA
Staple Hill and Staple Park Wood
5 miles. Moderate with one steep climb.
Walking along quiet lanes, across fields and back up through the woods.
Meet at Staple Hill CP
Lynda K
01823 480814
On this day, April 29th 1951, Ludwig Wittgenstein died. Born into one of Europe's richest families he gave it all away to his brothers and sisters after WW1. Three of his four brothers committed suicide. In WW11 he worked anonymously as a hospital porter despite being one of the world's most famous philosophers.
Fri 1 May
TA21 0QZ
Langford Budville Circular
3 ½ miles. Moderate.
Meet at The Martlet Inn, Langford Budville.
(Optional meal after walk)

Wendy M
01823 663911
Sun 3 May
Castle Neroche in Spring
4 miles, moderate; some mud possible
Meet at Castle Neroche CP
Cath R
Sun 3 May
All day
Montacute/ Yeovil area.
About 12-13 miles
Full details later
Marcus E
07487 646587
Wed 6 May
Cothelstone Hill Walk via Ivyton Farm &
Buncombe Wood

5 miles, moderate/hilly with one long steepish hill
Meet at Cothelstone Hill CP
Cath R
01823 270308
Fri 8 May VE Day Bank Holiday – No walk offered  
Sun 10 May
Quarts Moor & the Wellington Monument
4.5 miles, hilly. Walk down to cross M5, then
up to the monument; beautiful views.
Meet at Quarts Moor CP
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Sun 10 May
ST 421560 BS25 1NW
Western End of the Mendips
West Mendip Way, Loxton and Whitley Head.
About 10 miles moderate
Meet Kings Wood NT Car Park
01984 623621
Wed 13 May
Kingston St Mary to Broomfield
About 6 miles. Hilly
Meet in Kingston St Mary Church CP (overflow)
Dave G
01823 451275
Fri 15 May
Out from the Greyhound
4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at Greyhound Inn, Staple Fitzpaine.
(Optional meal after walk)

Val B
07833 155938
Sun 17 May
Castles & Capability Brown at Sherborne
5.5 miles, easy/moderate; parkland, fields & some lanes. Chance to visit Abbey beforehand.
Park at Culverhayes long stay CP, off Ludbourne
Road (free on Sundays)

Janice &
Alan C
Sun 17 May
BS28 4EQ
Along the ridge via Weare, Chapel Allerton and back (Joan’s walk from a few years ago)
10 miles moderate.
Meet Wedmore village Car Park
Wendy &
01823 331058
01823 662232
Wed 20 May
Circular walk from Kilve
5 miles. Undulating in parts but generally easy. Cliff top along the beach with pleasant views weather permitting.
Meet at Kilve Beach CP (fee). Tea at the Chantry if you choose.
Kim A
01823 336784
On this day May 20th 1506, Christopher Columbus died. "He left not knowing where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing where he had been, decimated the well-being of the majority of the population while he was there, and did it all on someone else's money."
Fri 22 May
A Walk from the Orchard
3 ½ – 4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at The Orchard PH, Hillcommon.
(Optional meal after walk)

Kim A
01823 336784
Sun 24 May
Stoke St Gregory & Curload
5.25 miles, level except for Windmill Hill;
includes riverside paths through Curry Moor SSSI
Meet/park around Village Square facing Royal
Oak pub

Joy W
07951 348299
Sun 24 May
All day
Full details follow Jane L
07779 142227
Wed 27 May
North Newton walk
Approx 5 miles, fairly easy.
Meet in front of St Peter’s Church, North Newton. Village parking nearby.
Joy C
Fri 29 May
Blagdon Hill Circular
4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at Lamb and Flag PH, Blagdon Hill.
(Optional meal after walk)

Philip B
01823 275348
Sun 31 May
Bishop's Lydeard to Cross Keys Inn (linear)
4-5 miles, easy; tea or drinks option after.
Meet at The Cross Keys CP (petrol station end)
to take 14.16 No 28 bus to Bishop's Lydeard.
(Bus timetable change possible, so check website
for any updates after April)

Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Sun 31 May
SX680629 TQ10 9EL (near)
Ugborough Moor, Huntingdon Cross, Avon Dam
10-13 miles, moderate with some open moorland. Good views
Meet Shipley Bridge Car Park
Peter W
07762 919883
On this day May 31 1880 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist died aged 62.
His claim to fame? He invented . . . margarine.
Wed 3 Jun
Otterford Lakes Circuit
2 miles, easy, with option to do a further 2 mile loop taking in the church
Park at Otterford Lakes CP
Lynda S
07942 230453
Fri 5 Jun
ST260282 TA2 8NP
West Monkton Circular
3 ½ – 4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at : Monkton Inn PH, West Monkton. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Rod & Ruth F
01823 257236
Sun 7 Jun
14:00 ST162382
Ramscombe, St David's Well & Wilmot's Pool
Approx 5 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Dead Woman's Ditch CP
Evan L
01278 451388
Sun 7 June
SS793486 EX35 6NQ
Exmoor- Out from County Gate
11 miles encompassing the Coastal Path, Watersmeet and East Lyn River. Moderate/hilly
Meet County Gate car park on A39.
Kathy R
07967 907117
01984 656353
Wed 10 Jun
ST122257 TA4 1LS
Milverton to Hillfarrance Brook
4¾ miles. Moderate, quite steep in parts.
Meet at village CP at corner of Fore Street and Creedwell Orchard.
Gail G
07968 891593
Fri 12 Jun
ST107193 TA21 0HB
Out from the Beambridge
4 miles. Moderate.
Meet at The Beambridge PH (on A38). (Optional Meal After Walk)
Quentin H
01823 325752
Sun 14 Jun
ST140367 TA4 4AA
Crowcombe Circuit
5 miles, moderate/hilly (one steep climb)
Meet at Crowcombe Village CP, near church
Wendy M
Sun 14 June
SS978355 TA24 7DQ
Chargot Woods, Miner’s trail, Croydon Hill circuit. Approx 10.5 miles, Moderate, some hills
Meet at Chargot Woods car park on B3224
Carol A
01823 619914
07999 770039
Wed 17 Jun
ST089429 TA23 0TQ
Helwell Bay, Watchet & St Decumen's
5.5 miles, moderate; beach stroll & quayside market; tea option at end (licensed)
Park at Doniford Farm Park - why not lunch there? Note earlier start time due to tide
Janice & Alan
C 257337
Fri 19 Jun
ST136132 EX15 3RA
Hemyock and Hackpen Hill
3 ½ miles. Moderate with modest climb.
Meet at Catherine Wheel PH, Hemyock. Park nearby in Village CP. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Colin & Heather F 01823 288588
Sun 21 Jun
ST211183 TA3 7SL
Blagdon Hill Circular via Priors Park Wood
5 miles, moderate with one steepish hill
Start at stile opposite old Blagdon Inn (newly converted). Small roadside parking area here & near Post Office
Joy C
01823 282827
Sun 21 June
Alfred's Tower and Stourhead
10 miles. A stroll around the valleys and woods of Stourhead Estates.
Meet at Alfred's Tower car park. Follow brown signs off A303 to Alfred's Tower.
Miss Moppet
01823 490782
The above walk will lead us through Penselwood and the home for 20 years of Sir Arthur Bliss (1891 - 1975), Master of the Queen's Musick, and prolific composer, amongst which probably his most well known march is Things to Come, from the score for Alexander Korda's film for HG Wells' book. To remind you here it is>
Wed 24 Jun
ST350149 TA19 9DJ
Ilminster to Donyatt, Herne Hill and Beacon Hill Approx 5 miles, moderate
Meet at The Stonemason’s Pub
Ann W
01460 54622
Ian F
01460 55839
Fri 26 Jun
ST419266 TA10 9PG
Out from Langport
3 ½ – 4 miles. Fairly Easy.
Meet at Main CP Langport (Far End). (Fish & Chip Supper or Picnic on river bank, after Walk). (Bring your own drink)
Gill L
01823 331474
Sun 28 Jun
The Polden Hills, a walk with a true tale!
Approx 5 miles, moderate with one hill.
Meet near to Sutton Mallet church (limited parking)
John O
01984 624477
Sun 28 Jun All day Full details later Davina C
07796 204735
Wed 1 Jul
ST283429 TA6 4SS (nearest)
Pawlett Hams Wetlands
4 miles. Fairly easy. Meet near Pawlett Barrage Balloon Hanger
(Roadside parking at entrance to Nature Reserve)
Mike W
Wed 1 Jul
All day walk
Sugar Loaf ( Nr Abergavenny)
Approx 11 miles. Hilly, but at pace of slowest. Interested? Email me for more details
David H
01984 623621
Fri 3 Jul
ST191399 TA5 1NG
Nether Stowey Circular 4
miles. Moderate plus one climb.
Meet at Ancient Mariner PH, Nether Stowey. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 5 Jul
ST245047 EX14 9EF
Stockland & the Yarty Valley
4.5 miles, moderate; includes Rower Fort
Meet at Stockland (Victory) VH CP.
Robert W
Sun 5 July
ST245045 EX14 9EF
Stockland & the Yarty Valley
11miles. Moderate with a stiffish start Stockland, Rower Hill, Beacon, Howley, Moxhayes, Bowditch Farm
Start at Stockland (Victory) VH
Roger H
01823 253297
Wed 8 Jul
ST252442 TA5 2PU
Steart Marshes talk & guided walk
An introductory talk and guided walk around Steart marshes. Donation per person £2-£5 at your discretion to WWT. Talk max 30 mins followed by 2 hour guided walk.
Meet at Steart Marshes main CP. Note 2pm prompt start
Judi T
01823 336288
Fri 10 Jul
ST151289 TA4 3LZ
Out from Ash Priors Common
3 ¾ miles. Fairly easy.
Meet at CP At Far End Of Common. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Joy C
01823 282827
Sun 12 Jul
ST375034 TA20 4NE
Thorncombe & Forde Abbey
5 miles, moderate, with a few hills
Meet at Thorncombe VH CP. Why not make a day of it & visit Forde Abbey or lunch there?
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 12 Jul
ST 457083 TA18 8NA
Dorset Hills via South Perrott, Mosterton and Clapton
11.5 miles. Moderate/ hilly
Start at Misterton Village Hall
Jan F
01823 270018
Wed 15 Jul
Full details later Gail G
07968 891593
Fri 17 Jul
18:30 ST244046
Out from Stockland
4 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at King’s Arms PH, Stockland (Optional Meal After Walk)
Philip B
Sun 19 Jul
ST500389 BA6 8BS
Glastonbury & the Tor
4 miles; lanes, roads & paths, with 1 climb up the Tor Meet at Silver St pay & display CP in the town
Judi T
Sun 19 July
*08:30 / 10:00
SX636569 PL21 0AH
Dartmoor-out from Ivybridge
11 miles moderate. My New Stomping Ground! A walk encompassing riverside, open moor and a glorious ridge. Tors, ancient bridges, stone rows, cairns and cysts, crosses and beacons all included. Tea at Raleighs
Street parking Station Road Ivybridge near the railway viaduct (not near the present railway station) Loo’s 20p by leisure centre Town centre CP
Sally C
01752 690040
Wed 22 Jul
ST299310 TA7 0BG
North Newton
4¾ miles. A level easy walk using the canal towpath, field paths, farm tracks and lanes.
Meet/park at Harvest Moon CP (pub closed daytime)
Joy W
07951 348299
Fri 24 Jul
ST299310 TA7 0BG
Around North Newton
4miles. Fairly easy.
Meet at Harvest Moon PH, North Newton. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Mike & Chris W
01823 252733
Sun 26 Jul
14:00 ST162382
Dowsborough Hillfort & Holford
5.3 miles, hilly
Meet at Dead woman’s Ditch CP
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Sun 26 July
Exmoor from Robber’s Bridge
Nearly 12 miles, “a challenging walk across farmed and open moorland”
Park at Robber’s Bridge Car Park.
Sue C B
07811 731278
Wed 29 Jul
ST419267 TA10 9PG
Langport Circular
4-5 miles, easy/moderate
Meet at Langport long stay CP in centre of town
John P
07767 441468
Fri 31 Jul
18:30 ST302113 TA20 3NG
Around Combe St Nicholas
4 – 4 ½ miles. Moderate.
Meet at Village Green, Combe St Nicholas. (Optional Meal After Walk)
Ian F
01460 55839
Walks for the next programme. If you’d like to offer a walk for the next programme, August to November 2020, please contact the relevant Assistant Programme Secretary and pick your preferred date. The end date for walk offers is Friday 12 June 2020.
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