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Current walks programme (till end November 2019).
You can download the programme April to July 2019 here. Or the August to November programme
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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).


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.

Fri 20 Sep
18.00
ST139204
TA21 8NR
East from Wellington
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional meal after at Green Dragon)
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Sun 22 Sep
9.15/10.00
TA5 1EJ ( nearest)
Coast and hills from East Quantoxhead.
10 miles. Moderate. Ups and downs but no long steep hills
Park East Quantoxhead church CP opposite duck pond - honesty box
Hazel
Sun 22 Sep
14:00
ST337093
TA20 1HU
The Cha-Cha Take 2: Chard & Chaffcombe
5 miles, moderate/hilly. Conservation area: No dogs allowed
Meet at CP S of Chard Reservoir at end of Oaklands Avenue, Chard
Colin & Heather F 288588
Thought for the day.
When Clement Attlee was a new young barrister he did some social work in a youth club in the slums of Stepney. On leaving one day a girl asked him where he was going. Attlee replied "Home to have some tea."
The girl said "I'm going home to see if there is any tea."
Wed 25 Sep
ST333262
TA3 6HS
14:00

Meare Green, Stoke St Gregory
About 4 miles, flat. We will go out over West Sedgemoor.
Park at Holly Cottage, plenty of room in the yard

Liz H
490828
Fri 27 Sep
18.00
ST260282
TA2 8NP
Out from West Monkton
4 miles. Moderate
Meet at The Monkton Inn, West Monkton (Optional meal after walk)
Philip B
275348
Sun 29 Sep
*09:00/10:00
ST046406
TA23 0PR
Capton Nettlecombe circuit
10½ miles. Moderate.
Start at Cleeve Abbey CP, Washford. Tea option at Torre Cider farm
Carol A
619914
Sun 29 Sep
14:00
ST478170
TA14 6RW
Ham Hill to Montacute & Site of Whitcombe
5 miles, a bit hilly, at an appropriate pace. Refreshment option after.
Park at Ham Hill Country Park CP; meet by Ranger's Office (by loo block)
Wendy M
663911
Wed 2 Oct
14:00
ST318147
TA19 9QR
Broadway, Ashill, Windmill Hill, and Hastings
5½ miles, moderate
Park/meet at Horton VH CP
Ann W
01460 54622
Ian F
01460 55839
Fri 4 Oct
17:30
ST107193
TA21 0HB
A Circular walk from the Beambridge
3½ - 4 miles, fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at The Beambridge PH on A38. (Optional Meal at The Beambridge)
Mike & Chris
W 252733
Sun 6 Oct
*08:55/10:00
SS806145
EX16 8AG
From Witheridge along the Ridge and Valley Walk and back along the Two Moors Way. A scant 10 miles, moderate.
Start at the VH, North Street, Witheridge
Jan
270018
Sun 6 Oct
14:00
ST246083
EX14 9AA
Out from Yarcombe
4½ miles, mainly flat with 2 hills & good views, fields & lanes.
Meet at VH CP, Yarcombe
Lynda S
07942 230453
Dot M
270773
Wed 9 Oct
14:00
ST200109
nr EX14 9RD
Smeatharpe circular
5½ miles, moderate and could be muddy.
Meet at Smeatharpe VH. Please car share as the CP is very small
Martin S
256687
Fri 11 Oct
17.30
ST031142
EX16 7BJ
Around Sampford Peverell
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at Merriemeade PH, Sampford Peverell (Optional meal after walk)
Richard M
669080
When Les Dawson was born his parents looked down on the cot and his mother said: "What shall we make of him?" His father said "How about a bag?"
Sun 13 Oct
*09:00/10:00
SS969285
TA4 2DS
Wimbleball Lake and Haddon Hill including a circuit of the Lake 9 to 10 miles, moderate with one steep hill
Meet at Haddon Hill CP above and south of Wimbleball
Michael B
274827
Sun 13 Oct
14:00
ST110396
TA4 4EE
Thorncombe Hill from Bicknoller
5½ miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Bicknoller Village CP (honesty box)
Cath R
270308
Wed 16 Oct
10:00
ST156288
Ash Priors to Pyleigh
6 miles, moderate/hilly. A walk through fields and lanes to Pyleigh and back. Lovely views weather permitting!
Meet at Ash Priors Common CP Note morning start time
Sally C
339605
Fri 18 Oct
17.00
ST168291
TA4 3BW
Out from Bishops Lydeard
3½ - 4 miles. Moderate. (Bring a torch)
Meet at The Lethbridge Arms PH, Bishops Lydeard (Optional meal after walk)
Quentin H
325752
Sun 20 Oct
*09:00/10:00
ST252442
TA5 2PU
Steart Marshes
10 miles approx.. Easy walk, no hills, around part of the peninsula, and back along the English Coast Path. Meet in the main CP
Daphne
254151
Sun 20 Oct
14:00
ST335542
BS24 0DS
Lympsham to Brent Knoll & back
5½ miles, moderate/hilly. Could be muddy!
Park in Church Lane, Lympsham, or just beyond church
Judi T
336288
Wed 23 Oct
14:00
ST181338
Lydeard hill, Rock Farm, West Bagborough,
20 acre Plantation. 5 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Lydeard Hill CP
Cath R
270308
Fri 25 Oct
17.00
ST299310
TA7 0BG
Around North Newton
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at Harvest Moon PH, North Newton (Optional meal after walk)
Mike & Chris W
252733
Winter start times commence for Wednesday & Sunday afternoons
Sun 27 Oct All day Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Davina C  
Sun 27 Oct
13:30
ST127167
Culmstock Beacon & Culm Davy
5½ - 6 miles, moderate with 2 ascents; good views Meet at top of Wrangway Hill; roadside parking around corner & along lane
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Wed 30 Oct
13:30
ST361238
TA3 6PX
Swell and Burton Pynsent Monument
4½ miles, moderate with one steep climb.
Meet at Swell woods CP, signposted from A378
Lynda K
480814
Halloween: could this be Der Tag when the UK floats away?
Fri 1 Nov
18.30
ST225243
TA1 4EU
Taunton Urban Walk
3½ - 4 miles. Fairly easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at Shire Hall CP, Taunton (Optional meal after at The Blue Mango)
Liz O
283563
Sun 3 Nov
*09:30/10:00
ST222320
TA5 2EQ
Circular walk from Fyne Court
10 miles, moderate/hilly
Start: Fyne Court NT CP
Davina C
07796 204735
Sun 3 Nov
13:30
ST162156
EX15 3TJ
Clayhidon Circular
5 miles, moderate.
Meet at CP near Clayhidon Church
Philip B
275348
Wed 6 Nov
13:30
ST290330
nr TA6 6QA
North Petherton towards North Newton
4½ miles, mostly level on minor roads and tracks
Meet in the Community Centre CP in North Petherton, but please use street parking
Liz H
490828
Fri 8 Nov
18.30
ST212238
TA1 5NZ
Out From The Shepherds (Urban Walk)
3½ - 4 miles. Easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at The Shepherds Rest PH, Galmington (Optional meal after walk)
Gill L
331474
Sun 10 Nov
*09:20/10:00
ST302204
TA3 6SG
Figure of eight around Hatch Beauchamp
10 miles easy/moderate. Fields, lanes and tracks.
Start at Hatch Beauchamp VH
Wendy & Linda
331058 or 662232
Les Dawson said he had three children "One of each . . ."
Sun 10 Nov
13:30 SS974318
nr TA22 9NY
Wimbleball Lake to the Dam & back Inland
4½ miles, moderate
Meet at Bessom Bridge CP, Wimbleball Lake
Michael B & Joyce L 274827 or 432182
Wed 13 Nov
13:00 ST274156
nr TA20 3JZ
Castle Neroche down and up.
Under 6 miles, but likely to be wet, muddy and quite hilly. Might be some great views though!
Meet in the Castle Neroche CP. Note earlier start time
Rod & Ruth F 257236
Sun 17 Nov
*09:00/10:00
SS992437
TA24 6SG
Circular walk from Dunster Castle towards Croydon Hill and Withycombe Common.
About 10 miles
Park in Dunster Castle NT CP (fee for non members)
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Sun 17 Nov
13:30
ST173230
TA4 1HQ
Bradford on Tone, Hillfarrance & East Nynehead
5½ miles, easy with some stiles, possible mud.
Park by church along road & over bridge in Bradford on Tone.
Terry M
286108
Wed 20 Nov
13:30
ST137343
TA4 4PA
Down to the River & up to the Church
4½ miles, easy/moderate with quite a few stiles. Tea option
Meet at near North Curry Church
John O
01984 624477
Fri 22 Nov
18.30
ST139204
TA21 8NR
Wellington Urban Walk
3 - 4 miles. Easy. (Bring a torch)
Meet at South Street CP, Wellington (Optional meal after at Green Dragon)
Wendy M
663911
Sun 24 Nov
*09:15/10:00
ST141367 TA4 4AA
Anti Clockwise Quantock Circuit.
Approx 11 miles. 630 metres of ascent (undulating). Meet at Crowcombe CP, near the church.
Monica & Martin
252332
Sun 24 Nov
13:30
ST162382
Quantocks Viewpoints
5 miles approx., moderate/hilly. 2 good viewpoints at the Fort & Hurley Beacon.
Meet at Dead Woman's Ditch CP
Odile & Tim K
07754 682791
Wed 27 Nov Date still available. If you wish to offer a walk, please contact Andy N  
Fri 29 Nov Taunton Deane Ramblers AGM
This year’s AGM will be held in the Main room at Taunton Quaker Meeting House, 13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP. We will have use of the kitchen facilities to make drinks and present nibbles. Keep an eye out in the next programme/newsletter for formal notice and agenda for the AGM .
 
 
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