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Canal Walk

And now for something slightly different. The Rotary Club of Taunton Vale has asked us if we would publicise one of their fundraising events. It is the family fun ROTARY Canal Challenge on Sunday 4th July 2021, cycling, walking or paddling along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal raising money for Nightstop, Young Somerset and other Rotary Charities. It starts at Taunton and finishes at either Maunsell Lock (7 miles) or Bridgwater (14 miles), with a shuttle bus service back to Taunton. Entry is £5 adult, under 16s free.
If you are interested or wish to find out more please visit https://tauntonvalerotary.org.uk .

Colin Adams

Commitee Minutes (Zoom) for May: see here (pdf).
Heard my first cuckoo today at N Curry Sat 17th April. Anyone beat that?
Dave P

Anne Derbe

Anne Derbe

I am sad to report that Anne Derbe (previously Snook) died on 10 March 2021. She had been bravely battling Myeloma for about 5 years and unfortunately contracted Covid 19 a couple of weeks ago.

Anne was a very active member of TDR for many years, being involved in many group functions, outings, holidays and walking the South West Coast Path. She was the Group’s Social Secretary for several years. She walked with all groups in the club and greatly valued her TDR friends.

From Bridget


Neville Farthing
The death of Neville Farthing on 11th February, aged 81, was announced in TheTimes yesterday. His private funeral will be held on 12th March at St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major. He will be remembered as the founding Chairman of Taunton Deane Ramblers in the early 1990s. I remember climbing Scafell Pike in the Lake District with him in one of our first holidays as a group. John Ollerenshaw and John Lowe will also remember those early days of the Club. Neville gave up the Chair when he retired to South Wales.

Ken Walker

Remembering Neville Farthing
I, like Ken Walker, also have fond memories of TDR’s first chairman.
How can one forget his generous hospitality in using his fine home on the Blackdowns to celebrate the group’s first anniversaries ?
After a local walk we were royally wined and dined both in and out of his fine swimming pool, and there always seemed a surfeit of anniversary cake to take home afterwards.
Apart from walking and fine dining, Neville did have one notable slightly eccentric passion, and you only had to visit his living room to behold it in it’s full glory; that was a fascination with things ursine.
Amongst my many photos of TDR’s twenty odd years, I recall I was quite chuffed in managing to capture a sleeping Neville at the back of the coach returning us from The Lakes. Alongside him in the seat is a large carved wooden bear to add to his large collection. It’s a fond memory of a lovely man.

John Ollerenshaw
PS. Thank you again for organising that great holiday at Derwentbank


Somerset Rambler no. 84 Lockdown edition June 2020 download pdf here

Attention new walk leaders ---Free Walks
If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow walk for a Wednesday or Sunday afternoon in our Summer Programme, Then I would be pleased to help.
Taunton Deane BC. are now phasing out their fine tried and tested parish walk leaflets all of which have easy to follow maps and walking directions.
I have a select dozen which I would be happy to pass on . With mileages ,they are :
West Monkton 3.4
Hatch Beauchamp 3.5
Hillfarrance 3.5
North Curry & Knapp 3.75
Ash Common 4.2
Orchard Portman 4.4
Otterford & Yarty Valley 4.5
Taunton to Langaller 4.5
Milverton 4.8
Creech St. Michael 5
Kingston St. Mary 5.5
Any of these are available on request by e-mail or on either of my January walks -Wednesday 16th or Sunday 20th.
This is a good opportunity for new leaders to ease themselves into doing their bit for the group !
John O


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.

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