Walks

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Walk for : MAY

 

 

SUNDAY, 21st MAY AT 9.30 am:  AXBRIDGE, Nr  Cheddar

The charming market town of Axbridge is situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills at the southern edge and near the River Axe.  The town was once part of a Saxon defence system against the Viking invaders.  Its half-timbered buildings lean towards each other across a narrow street leading from the medieval square in the centre.  Axbridge was once a river port and valued for its wool production.

The walk today commences from the town centre and from where we will pass the magnificent 13th Century  Church of St  John the Baptist on our right before crossing the main road to the foot of the Mendip Hills.   We will then take the footpath to the highest point  235m above sea level.  We will have chance to look back and admire the Cheddar Reservoir, which, hopefully, will be twinkling in the sunshine, and to take a breather from time to time!  Once on the summit, the views across Bristol and the Bristol Channel come into their own.  We will then return to Axbridge.

 Duration:  allow up to 3 hours.  If the weather is pleasant and warm, we may like to stop and admire the views a little longer.  At the time of writing,   beautiful violets were just peeping through.  Distance 8 Kms.  Directions:  We took the B3135 through the magnificent Cheddar Gorge.  Post code:  BS26 2BL – to the free Long Stay Moorland Street Car Park. (Note there is short stay Car Park for 2 hours)  Level: Moderate.  There is one long hill.  There are many places in the town square for refreshments following the walk.  One word of warning:  the free car park quickly fills to capacity.

 

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Walk for: JUNE

 

Date and details due shortly

 

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Completed walks

Sunday, 9 April:  Saltford.  Well, I think that everyone  who joined me this morning will agree that Lucy led an excellent walk.  From the picturesque Avon to the Lansdown Race Course, via far reaching view points, and pretty villages to the iconic Cotswold Way before  returning back to the starting point.  The ‘complete’ walk and all in wonderfully sunny conditions with a light cool breeze.  Perfect.  A big thank you to Lucy.

Friday, 10 March:  Halecombe Quarry:  A very select group of members joined me for the walk this morning and what a delight it was.  The sun tried and then eventually broke through, the breeze was gentle and the temperature much higher than of late.  We did enjoy circumnavigating the very active quarry with Lego like men busying around their almost Tonka like vehicles, in the vast quarry.  A good chat was enjoyed by all and the pleasant feeling that spring was in the air was felt.  A lovely morning.

Sunday, 19th February:  Wells-Mendip Hills:  The wonderful bells of Wells Cathedral welcomed us to the Market Square from where we commenced our walk.   The weather was perfect, not too hot or cold, and the cloud formation did not interfere with the fantastic views we enjoyed.  This was a very enjoyable and therefore successful walk that was appreciated by all.  The refreshments at the Bishops Table restaurant finished off a perfect morning.