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Current walks programme (till end August 2018).
(You can download the programme August to November as a pdf 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 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.

“Economists have predicted nine of the last five recessions,"
Fareed Zakaria.
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. See here for route
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 July
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 1 Aug
ST351148 TA19 9DJ
Ilminster to Dillington Park, Whitelackington, Knots Oak
One of Ann’s favourite local walks
5½ miles, moderate.
We may park in the Stonemasons Pub car park to meet. Harts Close, Ilminster
Ann W 01460 54622
Ian F 01460 55839
Fri 3 Aug
ST328219 TA3 6SY
Around Curry Mallet
4 miles, fairly easy.
Meet at Curry Mallet Village Hall (Optional Meal at The Bell Inn)
Mike & Chris W
Sun 5 Aug
11:00 ST108225
West Deane Way: Stage 6. Waterrow to Langford Budville
8 miles, moderate. Bring packed lunch.
Car share from Langford Budville, park on lay-by by green triangle. At Waterrow, park by pub or side road. Note much earlier start time
Judi T 07870 871057 Lynda S 07942 230453
Sun 5 Aug
SS985377 TA23 0SH
Brendon Hills
9 miles approx., moderate/hilly. Starting from Kingsbridge will go via Churchtown, Old Stowey, Lype Hill, and Langham.
Meet Kingsbridge (Luxborough VH CP - fee)
Michael B
Wed 8 Aug
SS898480 TA24 8HQ
Bossington Hill
4 miles approx., moderate with one steep climb. Good views.
Meet at Bossington NT CP (fee for non-members) opposite Tea Room & toilets
Beatrice R
"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir, the Father of American National Parks.
Fri 10 Aug
18:30 ST146229
TA21 0BH
Around Nynehead 3½ miles, fairly easy Meet at Nynehead Memorial Hall (Optional Meal After Walk) Joy C
Sun 12 Aug TDR Group Outing to Seaton Long, Medium, Short and Extra Short Walks available.
Tea option included at Seaton Jurassic See further information and booking form in the newsletter section page 16 A single page booking form can be requested to save spoiling your lovely programme. Email Andy and he will send you one for you to print.
Wed 15 Aug
Exmoor: Out from County Gate
5 miles, a fairly challenging but rewarding walk
Meet at County Gate CP Possible tea option at Malmsmead or Brendon
Rod & Ruth F
Fri 17 Aug
ST189069 EX14 9QE
Rawridge and Hartridge
4 miles, moderate/hilly
Park at Primrose Farm, (near Odle Farm) From north, turn right just after Rawridge 30 mph, drive up for a mile. (Optional meal at the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 19 Aug
Hawkridge, Lydeard Hill & Aisholt
5 miles, moderate/hilly
Park at Hawkridge reservoir CP
Evan L
01278 451388
Sun 19 Aug
SS886465 TA24 8QL
Circular walk from Porlock
0 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Porlock Recreation Ground, Parson’s St - roadside parking.
Chris H
01643 709455
Wed 22 Aug
13:30 ST004445
Dunster Beach, Blue Anchor & Minehead
Judi's favourite walk/train ride 4 miles, easy. Start at Dunster beach entrance, walk to Blue Anchor along coast path. 14:32 train from Blue Anchor to Minehead. Fare is £5.40 for seniors. Then walk back to Dunster Beach. Optional tea at chalet 102.
Park and meet near the entrance to Dunster Beach. (Fee if parking in the car park.) Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
" When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
John Muir
Fri 24 Aug
ST275294 TA2 8RF
Around Thurloxton
4 miles, moderate.
Meet at The Maypole Inn, Thurloxton (Optional Meal at The Maypole)
Dot M
Sun 26 Aug
ST141366 TA4 4AA
Crowcombe towards Heddon Oak
4½ miles, moderate. Lanes & footpaths
Park in CP by Church House, Crowcombe. (honesty box)
Cath R
Re the honesty box above. Most of Crowcombe used to be owned by Maj Trollope-Bellew, Chairman of Exmoor NPA amongst other things (one of the other things was that he used to run a pack of Basset Hounds). At one NPA meeting that your webmaster attended the question of the honesty box at Exmoor House came up.
T-B announced "oh I never put any money in that . . ."
Sun 26 Aug Mendip Walking Festival  
Wed 29 Aug
ST173229 ST108225 (LB)
West Deane Way: Stage 7. Langford Budville to Bradford-on-Tone
5 miles, easy to moderate Meet at Bradford-on-Tone, parking by the church, pub or bridge. Car share to Langford Budville, parking in lay-by near the triangular green. Note earlier start time
Judi T 07870 871057 Lynda S 07942 230453
Fri 31 Aug
ST258394 TA5 2HP
Out From Cannington
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Friendly Spirit PH, Cannington (Optional Meal at The Friendly Spirit)
Hazel P
01278 451311