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Current walks programme (till end July 2019).
You can download the programme December to March programme as a pdf here. And April to July 2019 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).

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).

Those who think that Striding Edge is a bit, well, challenging should rush to watch Free Solo, an unbelievably tense documentary on Alex Honnold's climb of El Capitan in Yosemite. 4000ft of sheer granite. No ropes or pegs used - just his fingernails. Suggest you take a sick bag/valium - even perhaps a blindfold.
Stop Press: it won an Oscar last week.


"When the UK was in, all it wanted was opt-outs. Now it's going to be out, all it wants are opt-ins,"
Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's Prime Minister.
Fri 24 May
ST328219 TA3 6SY
Around Curry Mallet
3½ miles, easy Meet at Village Hall CP, Curry Mallet (Optional meal at Bell Inn, after walk)
Lynda S
Sun 26 May
SX832749 TQ12 6QG
The Templer Way - Stage 1: Haytor to Stover Country Park
8 miles, moderate, ALL downhill! Tea option.
Meet at Stover Country Park main CP (£3) for car shuttle to Haytor Visitor Centre CP (TQ13 9XT) Note much earlier start time This is a joint walk for all Sunday walkers
Janice & Alan C
“I deal with tough mathematical questions every day, but please don’t ask me to help with Brexit!”Stephen Hawking
Wed 29 May
ST042311 TA4 2EJ
Walk around Clatworthy Reservoir
5 miles, leisurely. Start across the dam, pass the Clatworthy Castle. One incline after the dam and another incline near the end. Wonderful views.
Park at the Clatworthy Reservoir Public CP. Note: No dogs allowed
Tim & Odile
K 07754 682790
Fri 31 May
ST272199 TA3 5RS
Out from The Farmers
4½ miles, moderate
Meet at The Farmers Arms PH, West Hatch (Optional meal after walk)
Rod & Ruth
F 257236
Sun 2 Jun
SS923387 nr TA24 7DU
Brendon Hills, Wheddon Cross to Luxborough and Lype Hill 11 miles, moderate/hilly.
Start from Wheddon Cross CP
Davina C
07796 204735
Sun 2 Jun
ST089402 TA4 4LA
Sampford Brett, Aller & Vellow Wood
5 miles, moderate. Fields, tracks and quiet country lanes. One steady climb after a mile.
Meet at Church of St George, Sampford Brett. Village parking
Andy & Val N
Wed 5 Jun
Kennisham Hill and the Chargot Estate
About 5½ miles, moderate/hilly with a couple of sharp climbs.
Meet at Kennisham CP on B3224 between Ralegh’s Cross & Wheddon Cross
Martin S
Fri 7 Jun
ST111228 TA21 0QZ
Langford Budville Circular
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Martlet Inn, Langford Budville (Optional meal after walk)
Richard M
Sun 9 Jun
ST084324 TA4 2RU
Beautiful Brendons from Brompton Ralph
10 miles, moderate/hilly A varied walk through wood and farm land passing through Clatworthy, Langley Marsh and Combe Bottom.
Meet Brompton Ralph VH CP. Donations welcome
Sally C
Sun 9 Jun
ST154410 nr TA5 1RZ
Holford Combe, Bicknoller Post & Alfoxton
5 miles, moderate/hilly.
Meet at Holford Bowling Green CP (free)
Evan L
01278 451388
An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman walk into a bar.
The Englishman wanted to go so they all had to leave.
Wed 12 Jun
ST352348 TA7 0EP
Westonzoyland, Chedzoy and the Battlefield
A 5½ mile (8.8 km) level walk, some road walking and stiles.
Start from St Mary the Virgin church, Westonzoyland. Roadside parking by church. Dogs on leads please.
Robert W
07974 866030
Fri 14 Jun
ST232194 TA3 7BU
Corfe & Poundisford
4 miles, fairly easy with quiet country lanes, fields and a few stiles
Meet at the White Hart PH, Corfe. Road parking if not eating (Optional meal after walk)
Andy & Val N
Sun 16 Jun
SS845354 TA24 7QP
Exmoor: Out from Withypool will include Tarr Steps and the River Barle. Around 10 miles, moderate
Meet Withypool CP (no charge) Cafe should be open for after!
Kathy R
01984 656353
07967 907117
Sun 16 Jun
ST043272 TA4 2PZ
Chipstable circular via Raddington
5 - 6 miles, moderate, with some hills
Park alongside church, with further spaces around bend, above churchyard
Philip B
"Ask not what disease the person has, but rather what person the disease has,"
Dr Oliver Sacks, author, professor of neurology
Wed 19 Jun
ST084324 TA4 2RU
Beautiful Brendons
5 miles, moderate/hilly. A varied walk through wood and farm land starting from Brompton Ralph and passing through Combe Davey, Hudford Farm and Leigh Cottages
Meet at Brompton Ralph VH CP, near church. Donations welcome Note morning start time
Sally C
Fri 21 Jun
ST191399 TA5 1NG
Nether Stowey Circular
4 miles, first half mostly up hill, second half down
Meet at The Ancient Mariner PH, Nether Stowey (Optional meal after walk)
Hazel P
01278 451311
Sun 23 Jun
ST028435 TA24 6JS
Blue Anchor circuit via Dunster, Withycombe, Old Cleeve
11½ miles. Hills and flat coastal. Morning coffee at Dunster, Victoria Tea Rooms or similar. Afternoon tea at Driftwood cafe.
Park along coastal road by the community public conveniences, near Home Farm.
Hazel B
07576 111141
Sun 23 Jun
ST095093 EX15 2HP
Blackborough Whetstone Mines
5 miles, moderate
Park at N end of Blackborough by church wall
Dot M
Wed 26 Jun
ST087430 TA23 0TQ LINEAR
England Coast Path - Stage 3: Lilstock to Doniford
6 miles, moderate. Walk the coast path from Lilstock to Doniford. Tea option if back before 5pm. Car share back to Lilstock.
Meet at Doniford Farm Park CP on main road in Doniford. Free parking. Then car share to Lilstock CP which is immediately on a left hand bend after Lilstock Farm house. Very pothole road to CP!! Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
If you're a pessimist, you're never disappointed.
Fri 28 Jun
ST150261 TA4 1DS
A Walk from The Orchard
4 miles, moderate
Meet at The Orchard PH, Hillcommon (Optional meal after walk)
Quentin H
Sun 30 Jun
ST498170 TA15 6XP
Ham Hill & Chinnocks
Approx 11 miles, moderate.
Start at Montecute NT overflow CP
Carol A
07999 770039
Sun 30 Jun
ST190396 TA5 1LW
Quantock Lodge & the Quantock Fringe
6 miles, moderate/hilly
Meet at Nether Stowey Library CP - also on-street parking if full
Cath R
Wed 3 Jul
ST161156 EX15 3TJ
Clayhidon and the Culm Valley
5 miles, moderate
Meet at CP near Clayhidon church
Cath R
Fri 5 Jul
ST243245 TA1 2PD
River & Canal from The Master
4 miles, easy
Meet at The Master Thatcher PH, Lisieux Way (Optional meal after walk)
Joy W
07951 348299
Sun 7 Jul
ST137435 TA5 1EJ (nearest)
Holford to the coast and up to top of Quantocks and down Hodder's Combe. 10½ miles. A steep climb. Start at sea level and up to 320 meters and some steep down. Sticks useful.
Park/meet at East Quantoxhead church CP, opposite the duck pond – honesty box
Hazel B
07576 111141
Sun 7 Jul
SX832749 TQ12 6QG Optional medium
The Templer Way - Stage 2: Stover Country Park/Newton Abbot Circular 4½ miles OR 8 miles (optional), easy/moderate. Shorter option returns by bi-hourly bus (No 39). Tea, ice cream & poetry trail options, & birding.
Park at Stover Country Park off A382 (Trago Mills exit off A38) Note much earlier start time
Janice & Alan C
Wed 10 Jul
ST240352 TA5 2DU
Enmore, Charlynch and Spaxton
5½ miles, moderate and undulating. Mainly fields and tracks with short distances on quiet country lanes. Street parking by Enmore Church
Rod & Ruth F
Fri 12 Jul
ST299310 TA7 0BG
Around North Newton
4 miles, fairly easy
Meet at The Harvest Moon PH, North Newton (Optional meal after walk)
Mike & Chris W
Poster on Brexit march:
"IKEA has better cabinets."
Sun 14 Jul
ST662015 DT2 7JX
Cerne Abbas going to Buckland Newton, Minterne Magna, and Wessex Ridgeway
About 10½ miles, moderate/hilly
Start from the Giant's CP at Cerne Abbas.
Michael B
Sun 14 Jul
SS906349 nr TA24 7JE
An Exmoor (Exe)cursion (Winsford)
5 miles, moderate with one steady climb.
Meet at Winsford roadside CP in village centre (Tea option)
Joy C
Wed 17 Jul
England Coast Path - Stage 4: Steart to Lilstock
7 miles, moderate. Walk from Steart back to Lilstock and then car share returning to Steart.
Meet at Lilstock CP to car share to Steart beach CP. Not our usual CP at Steart, but further along the road to sea edge. Note earlier start time
Judi T
07870 871057
Fri 19 Jul
ST172229 TA4 1HF
A Tone Valley Walk - And The Pub Is Good!
4 miles, easy/moderate
Meet at White Horse Inn, Bradford on Tone (Optional meal after walk)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Sun 21 Jul
SY041881 EX5 1EZ
Let’s try again – Woodbury Common
About 11 miles, moderate. Another attempt at last year’s washed out walk! Come prepared for all weathers this time.
Meet at The Warren CP on south side B3180
Bridget H
01984 623621
Sun 21 Jul
SY389935 nr DT6 6SD
Golden Cap, high point of the South Coast
5 miles, moderate/hilly. Possible tea option. Up Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth.
Meet at far end of NT CP (½ mile beyond ticket machine)
Colin & Heather F 288588
Wed 24 Jul
SY246940 EX24 6JS
Colyton circular
5 miles, moderate. Bring a picnic lunch as we will stop along the path at a viewing point where there is a picnic site. Meet Colcombe Castle pub, Market square, Colyton.
Park in town CP in Dolphin Street. Note earlier start time
Dot M
Fri 26 Jul
ST080279 TA4 2JY
A Wivey Circular
4½ miles, moderate
Meet at North Street CP, Wiveliscombe
Philip B
"A Brexit deal could take 10 years. That's not fair for most of the people who voted to leave
will be dead by then.": Gary Lineker.
Sun 28 Jul
SS844354 TA24 7RA
Withypool, Hawkridge Common, Sherdon Water and Cow Castle
Approx 12 miles, moderate/hilly.
Park at Withypool CP
Sue C-B
07811 731278
Sun 28 Jul
14:00 SS676486 nr EX31 4QX
Woody Bay & Hunter's Inn
4½ miles, moderate, not as hilly as you'd expect. Tea option.
Park at Woody Bay NT CP - on lower seaward road marked Inkerman Bridge on OS map. Please car share.
Beatrice & Wrio R 421796
Wed 31 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
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