Footpaths Group

The Footpaths Group endeavours to walk the designated footpaths of Clevedon every few years to ensure that they are in a good state. As well as this serious purpose, our lively and sociable group meet to walk once or twice a month in our beautiful surrounding countryside. The walks range from 3 to 5 miles and vary in difficulty. We meet at a planned point for each walk including the Strode Road Car Park (SRCP) from where we lift share to our starting point. Walks usually finish with a pub lunch.                                               

Walks are planned by members at quarterly meetings with any other matters that might arise. New members always receive a warm welcome and all members are informed of the nature of the walk and any hazards which may be encountered along the way. Walks are advertised here on the Civic Society’s website and also in the North Somerset Times, complete with the leader's telephone number.

We look forward to you walking with us.

Ross Janes

Chair, Footpaths Group

Long Ashton

A walk of 3-4 miles.

Leave Strode Road Car Park at 09.30am.

Café lunch.

Leaders: Ruth & Jeff

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Southern Fields Survey

A walk of 3 miles.

Leave Strode Road Car Park (on foot)at 09.30am.

Café lunch.

Leaders: Paul

Telephone: 791452

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Crook Peak

A walk of 3-4 miles.

Leave Strode Road Car Park at 09.30am.

Pub lunch.

Leaders: Ross

Telephone: 876157

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A walk of 4 miles.

Leave Strode Road Car Park at 09.30am.

Pub lunch.

Leaders: Phil & Maureen

Telephone: 07843 160198

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A walk of 4-5 miles.

Leave Strode Road Car Park at 09.30am.

Pub lunch.

Leaders: Geoff & Wendy

Telephone: 874767

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Cadbury Camp, Congresbury

A walk of 3 miles.

Leave Strode Road Car Park at 10.00am.

Pub lunch.

Leader: David.

Telephone: 875174

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Footpath Survey Walk on Clevedon Moor - 23 May

Two years had passed since this area had been looked at by the Footpath Group. So the band of seven walkers who set off from the Old Inn on a fine sunny morning were pleased to see that the main path across the Moor eastwards towards the town boundary (and on to Tickenham) had been much improved. The footbridges, for instance, were now sound. This was evidently through the efforts of Woodspring Ramblers with the support of the District Council.

However, detective work with maps and recent memory showed that a particular definitive path north from Triangle Farm had been blocked as a result of these otherwise fine efforts. This would need to be brought to the Council’s attention along with the condition of one stile near this same farm.

A pleasant and useful walk indeed ending up with beer and lunch at the Old Inn.


Report by Paul Cronin

Photograph from Malcolm Case

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The day chosen was blessed with perfect weather – warm sunshine and a slight breeze. From the National Trust car park, we took the Old Military Road to the top of the hill and the actual ‘Down’.

Amazing to think that we were following in the footsteps of the iron age, Roman settlers and more recently, the British military.  ‘En route’ we stopped a few times to admire the wonderful views; back to Weston or out to Steep Holm. We saw some wonderful flowers, including the unique White Rock Rose (only found on Brean Down), the relatively uncommon Bee Orchid and a Common Orchid.

We also saw some fierce looking caterpillars, which Carol identified as ‘drinker moths’.  We followed the Old Military Road all the way to the Victorian Fort. The Fort proved to be of much interest and the new explanation boards were very impressive.

After a short refreshment break we headed up the fairly stiff hill and took the path back along the ridge, looking at the iron age fish traps on the way.

We then descended the steep ‘staircase’ to the National Trust café where we had an excellent ‘snack’.

All declared it to have been an exhilarating day out.

Brean Down - 12 June

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Report from Carol and James

Photographs from Jeff Eastmond & Ross Janes

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