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Current walks programme (till end March 2019).
You can download the programme August to November as a pdf here or December to March programme 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.

Heard on the London train this week. "This is Jeremy your train manager. Those passengers who have reserved seats in C coach should look in F. Those who have reserved seats in J & K coaches, the coaches are not here. I shall be walking the train so if you want to have a moan please stop me."
(I was reading Catch 22 at the time, which seemed rather appropriate.)
Wed 19 Dec No walk offered  
Sun 23 Dec
ST131207 TA21 8LL
Wellington Circuit via Nynehead & Runnington
5 miles, easy. Fields, tracks & lanes. Possible mud & some stiles.
Park at Wellington Sports Centre CP (free)
Odile K
07754 682791
Sun 23 Dec All day No walk offered  
Sun 30 Dec
ST227245 TA1 1JD
River Tone to Obridge
3¼ miles, easy. Out via Castle, back along Whirligig Lane. Tea option
Meet at Tourist Info in Taunton town centre
Shirley & Richard W 277234
Sun 30 Dec
SS971466  TA24 5QY

“Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside …”
Minehead circular.  About 10 miles moderate.
Meet seafront at end of Blenheim Road: roadside parking.

Bridget H 
01984 623621
Fri 4 Jan
ST225238 TA1 3JX
An Urban walk from The Vivary
3 - 4 miles, easy (Bring a torch)
Meet at Fons George CP (Vivary Park Golf Club), Fons George, Taunton Optional meal at The Vivary Arms
Gill L

"The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA-infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great - but must suffer the consequences!"
Said you-know-who on Twitter, 2/9/14

Sun 6 Jan Post Christmas carvery lunch at County Cricket Ground. See page 15 of the programme including a short walk  
Wed 9 Jan
Castle Neroche, Curland & Middleroom Wood
5¾ miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Castle Neroche CP
Ann W
01460 54622
Ian F
01460 55839
Sun 13 Jan
ST212264 TA2 6EJ
Staplegrove & Norton Fitzwarren Hillfort
5 miles, easy/moderate. Mostly surfaced paths.
Park in St John's Church CP, Manor Road
Gill L
Sun 13 Jan All day No walk offered  
Wed 16 Jan
ST039344 TA23 0LN
Wade the Tone and skirt the Reservoir
4½ miles, moderate with one steady climb.
Meet at Ralegh's Cross Inn overflow CP
John O
01984 624477
Sun 20 Jan
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
Sun 20 Jan All day No walk offered  
Wed 23 Jan
ST119284 TA4 3JT
Fitzhead circular walk
5 miles, easy to moderate.
Meet and park by Fitzhead Church, Church Road, Fitzhead Limited parking, so car share if possible
Martin S
Fri 25 Jan
ST025077 EX15 1BQ
A walk around Cullompton
3 - 4 miles, fairly easy.
Meet at The Weary Traveller PH, Station Road, Cullompton (100 yds from J28 of M5). Optional meal after Note start time, daylight walk
Wendy M
Sun 27 Jan
ST122257 TA4 1LS
The Old Railway & Quaking House Lane
4¾ miles, moderate.
Meet in Creedwell Orchard CP, near doctors' surgery in Milverton
Gill L
Sun 27 Jan
ST271321 TA6 6PE
North Petherton
10 miles, moderate terrain.
Start point, Kings Cliff Upper CP, North Petherton.
Sally C
Wed 30 Jan
ST327219 TA3 6SY
Curry Mallet & Beercrocombe
3 - 3½ miles, fairly easy. Explore the historic village of Curry Mallet with its many listed houses, over the fields to Beercrowcombe Church & back. Could be muddy. Lunch beforehand at The Bell, Curry Mallet. Meet Curry Mallet VH
Liz H
Sun 3 Feb
ST095092 EX15 2HP
Blackborough Circular via Sheldon
6 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at road junction in Blackborough – limited roadside parking
Philip B
Sun 3 Feb All day No walk offered  
Wed 6 Feb No walk offered  
Fri 8 Feb
ST313350 TA7 0AQ
Stockmoor, Hamp & Canal
3½ - 4 miles, easy (Bring a torch)
Meet at Boat & Anchor Inn, Huntworth Optional meal after. Note: Chef doesn’t start work until 6pm. Note start time, daylight walk
Lynda D
01278 426756
Spring/Summer start times commence for Wednesday & Sunday afternoons
Sun 10 Feb
ST074292 TA4 2UL
Snowdrops & the River Tone
4 miles, some hills but at an easy pace.
Meet near The Three Horseshoes, Langley Marsh
John O
01984 624477
Sun 10 Feb
ST183172 TA3 7SU
Blackdowns Ridge walk
10 miles, moderate/hilly. Higher Ruggin, Burnworthy. Meet pull-in at Forches Corner.
Jan F

Deadline for walks for the next programme – Spring & Summer 2019 is NOW

If you’d like to offer a walk for the next programme April 2019 – July 2019, please contact the relevant Assistant Programme Secretary and pick your preferred date.

Wed 13 Feb No walk offered  
Sun 17 Feb
ST124315 TA4 3PL
Handy Cross & Gaulden Manor
4 miles, easy, undulating.
Park on wide verge at turning - Handy Cross, just off B3224. (Postcode is nearest)
Dot M
Sun 17 Feb
ST360238 TA10 0PE
Swell Wood 10½ miles, moderate with 1 or 2 hills. Fields, lanes and tracks, probably muddy.
Start at RSPB CP off A378
Wendy & Linda
331058 or 662232
Wed 20 Feb
St David 's Well, Forest Red Route and Wilmot’s Pool5 miles, moderate.
Meet at Crowcombe Park Gate CP. Not suitable in snow or ice!
Cath R
Fri 22 Feb
ST297375 TA6 3EX
Canal & River walk from Bridgwater
4 miles, fairly easy (Bring a torch)
Meet at Admirals Landing PH, Docks, Bridgwater Optional meal after Note start time, daylight walk
Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 24 Feb
ST141366 TA4 4AA
Crowcombe towards Heddon Oak
4½ miles, moderate; lanes & footpaths.
Park in CP by Church House, Crowcombe (honesty box)
Cath R
Sun 24 Feb All day No walk offered  
Wed 27 Feb
ST164247 TA4 1AW
Out from Hillfarrance
5 miles approx., fairly easy.
Meet at the Anchor Inn overflow CP, Hillfarrance
Lynda S
07942 230453

On borrowing
"As a kid, I was making a building with blocks in our playroom. I didn't have enough. So I asked my younger brother Robert if I could borrow some of his. He said, 'Okay, but you have to give them back when you're done.' I used all of my blocks, then all of his blocks, and when I was done I had a great building, which I then glued together. Robert never did get those blocks back." Yes that man again in Esquire, January 2004

Sun 3 Mar
SS955127 EX16 6NH
Tiverton Circular
Approx 5 miles, moderate, with 1 steepish hill.
Meet at Tiverton Market Square CP (fee)
Richard M
Sun 3 Mar
ST296076 TA20 3EN
East Devon. Wambrook, Godworthy, Holy City
10 miles, moderate/hilly.
Roadside parking (limited) South West of The Cotley Harriers. Please car share if possible.
Jan F
Wed 6 Mar
ST200236 TA1 5JJ
To Trull for a cuppa and back
4½ miles, easy over field and lanes.
Meet at Jeffreys’ Way
Judi T
07870 871057
Sun 10 Mar
ST337093 TA20 1HU
The Cha Cha - Chard & Chaffcombe
5½ miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Chaffcombe CP, S of Chard reservoir, Touches Lane
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 10 Mar
ST149429 TA5 1EA
Quantocks and Coast 10 miles,
moderate with steep hill at the start.
Meet Kilve VH Car park
Margaret & Eileen 331349 or 282755
Wed 13 Mar
ST223297 TA2 8HR
Kingston St Mary to Ivyton Farm and beyond
6 miles approx, hilly.
Meet at Kingston St Mary Church overflow car park
Dave G
Fri 15 Mar
ST232194 TA3 7BU
Around Corfe
4 miles, moderate.
Meet at the White Horse PH, Corfe Optional meal after
Philip B
Sun 17 Mar
ST167246 TA4 1AW
Hillfarrance, Heathfield & Oake
6¾ miles, easy/moderate.
Meet at Hillfarrance Church (limited parking)
Evan L
01278 451388
Sun 17 Mar
SS898455 TA24 8HY
Clockwise from Horner
About 10 miles, moderate. Exact route depends on weather.
Meet Horner NT car park, members need card (fee for non-members)
Bridget H
01984 623621
Wed 20 Mar
ST223195 TA3 7AU
'As You Like It'
3 - 5 miles, easy (probably). This is a map reading/route planning workshop for potential, tentative & new leaders; map & compass can be provided.
Meet/park in small CP, near Littleham Cottages, Pitminster
Janice C
Fri 22 Mar
ST107193 TA21 0HB
Beambridge Circular
4 miles, moderate.
Meat (meet?) at the Beambridge PH, Sampford Arundel on A38. Optional meal after
Richard M
Sun 24 Mar
Brendon Common & Doone Valley Approx 8 miles, moderate/hilly. Tea option. Park/meet at County Gate CP Note earlier start time Joint walk with all-day walkers Janice & Alan
C 257337
Wed 27 Mar No walk offered  
Fri 29 Mar
ST107205 TA21 0EJ
Out from Holywell Lake
4 miles, moderate.
Meet at The Holywell Inn, Holywell Lake Optional meal at Holywell Inn
Philip B
Sun 31 Mar
ST396183 TA19 0NQ
The Barrington Court Pan Handle
3 miles, easy, with some stiles & 2 short climbs; via Shepton Beauchamp (dogs on leads please)
Park in Barrington Court NT overflow CP (free). Follow brown signs if using sat-nav
Robert W
07974 866030
Sun 31 Mar
Out of Creech St Michael
Around 10 miles, easy. There might be tea somewhere!
Meet @ canal side CP.
Claire & Terry
Clocks go forward 1 hour at 01:00 on 31 March 2019
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