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Here are all the general announcements about calls for help, working parties, cottages to let, and member's items for sale (no more old boots please). Offers of romantic entanglements in strict confidence, after vetting by the webmaster. Comments and contributions invited by email, no handwritten notes please (photos need be no bigger than 400px)

Underwater footpathHook spillway

Pic taken 16 March showing the Hook Spillway on the river Tone at Curload, Stoke St Gregory, which also doubles as a footpath to New Bridge, N Curry - but maybe not today. I would bet Moor Lane will be closed by the weekend.

NB to bird watchers. 20 Little Egrets seen here.

New Walks' Secretary

Janice(Cockett) has taken on the role of our new Walks' Secretary, inheriting our box of walks and maps from Gill (Lee) our new treasurer. She hopes to expand the role in time offering practical walk guidance as well as ideas for walks. As a trained HF walk leader Janice will bring a fresh approach to this role, and members should readily contact her for thoughts to keep our walks' programme a continuing source of inspiration for new members.

Part time job offer, from Chris Hawkins
Person needed to do packing in Taunton, few hours work a month. Contact Chris here.

New walk programme secretary

For health reasons our programme secretary Neil Parker has had to step down from this role. The group are much indebted to him for all his hard work over the last seven years and he will be sorely missed. I hope you will join with me in giving him our best wishes.

Fellow walker Andy Norris has kindly offered to take over and guide us over this next vital period to produce the Summer Programme.

To contact Andy please click here.

Group Newsletter, Autumn no. 43 here

The Walking Partnership

If you book a walking holiday here or abroad through the Walking Partnership then they will give £10 to our group for a UK holiday or £20 abroad per person. For details click here.

Emergency card
The RA have produced an individual card that they feel should be carried by every rambler in the case of emergency - name, address, next of kin, matron's tel no. etc. To download one please click here.

Post code finder website

Came across this excellent website here that not only supplies any postcode - useful for setting SatNav start - but a myriad of other details all on one site. Find the route between two places (cities, towns). Show route, driving directions, fuel cost, distance, travel time, and alternatives routes. Plus elevation, address - and even toll costs in France. Yes Google does much the same but this seemed to be simpler and presents all the information on one page. Try it.

Speed up your broadband

As this is a website accessed by broadband your webmaster feels happy in passing on a tip - to speed things up and save you money (perhaps). I have been with BT since G Bell died and it's been OK. I've been toying with switching to SuperFast Whizz Bang Fibre Optic but as I have been getting a regular 7Mbs I've had no particular reason to change. A year ago N Curry was connected to fibre optics so I thought I'd better investigate, particularly as I've been regularly exceeding the 10Gb monthly allowance and being surcharged £5 extra. I've been paying £15 so I rang them up and they offered me £12 which I accepted. However a week later I saw new TV ads offering "new BT customers can switch at £9.50 per month." This annoyed me so a quick phone call and the offer was made for £10 a month for up to 20Gbs. The key is to ask for "retentions dept" and threaten to leave. I'm now approaching 50Mbs - which actually doesn't make a lot of difference except for uploading big files. Every month I upload a Basset Hound Walkers video (10 minutes running time) which used to block my line for upwards of two hours. Now it uploads in less than 15 minutes, a considerable saving. Hope this helps.

We're now on Facebook. To reach the page just click on the F logo shown on each of these pages.

Struggling to find the path?

If you're struggling to find the path, contact Somerset County Council,
Rights of Way Dept here.
Or moving pictures on YouTube here.





Ramblers Abroad


2014 P & O Tours in the Bernese Oberland (Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to you). Click here for more pics.


Learn to walk. In case you are troubled which foot to move after the left (or right), don't worry, help is at hand. You can go on a course. Yes for just £24 you can learn Nordic Walking for beginners (advanced course later). Held at various venues across the county you can learn in only six easy lessons each one lasting an hour. And once you've mastered that, why not be an instructor? Yes there's a course to teach others how to walk. This does take, as you might expect, 16 hours spread over two weeks – and must be bargain of the year at £350. (No duckie, you pay them, not the other way round.)  More details on www.learnsomerset.co.uk. Next week: How to tie your laces.
Walk Magazine website can be reached by clicking on the image: Walk magazine Walk Magazine

The Basset Hound Walkers. If you just happen to have one of these adorable creatures and
also like Basset Hound Walkerswalking there is a
group in the West Country that runs 11 walks a year for 5 - 6 miles. 68 Bassets walked at Burnham in February. Details here.