Eleven walkers left the car park of the Star Inn, Rhodyate Hill and headed up the track to Cadbury Hill Fort on Cadbury Hill, passing one of the Manor of Congresbury boundary stones, one of thirty one. After passing through the gate we started to climb up to the fort passing the embankments and entering through its original entrance. Walking along the southern edge we passed a Victorian feature known locally as the citadel.
At the western end we enjoyed the views towards the Mendips.
Continuing around the western end passing the old town quarry and carrying on along the northern edge until we reached the steep path down towards Yatton going through the orchid field, only a couple of orchids were found but where past their best, bracken is taking over, then around to have a look at the dew pond restored by YACWAG and on to the car park in Henley Lane.
From here we climbed up the hillside, formerly a quarry and a land fill site before being landscaped.
At the top we admired the magnificent views towards Clevedon. From here we made our way back to the Star for lunch. Weather was perfect.
Cadbury Camp - 4 July
Report from Dave Long
Photographs from Maureen Humphries
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.
Nine of us left Strode Road Car Park for Litton, parking at the village hall. Leaving the village hall we went along the River Chew.
After crossing two fields, we continued on through woods. Upon reaching the end of the woods, it was our coffee stop, After which we crossed a couple of plank bridges to Hollowmarsh Nature Reserve where we saw the amazing meadow of glorious wildflowers and grasses including lots and lots of orchids.
We made our way to Shortwood Common and crossed over to Litton Reservoir and onto the Dam, where we had picnic. After lunch made our way to Sherborne and back to Litton and to the cars for journey home. The weather was glorious for our 6 mile walk.
Litton - 20 June
Report & Photographs from:
Philip and Maureen Humphries
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.
Report from Carol and James
Photographs from Jeff Eastmond & Ross Janes
Blagdon and Burrington - 27 July
Seven walkers took part in a 4½ circular walk in the Blagdon/ Rickford/Burrington area. This walk has been done before by the Footpaths Group but to make the most of the fine weather and the views across Blagdon Lake it was decided to go in the reverse direction.
Starting from the rear car park at the Queen Adelaide PH the walk descended across fields and lanes to Rickford for the first of several short refreshment stops. It was then a steady uphill climb to higher ground with further good views.
The circuit was completed via marked footpaths and a narrow lane to Blagdon Village centre and the Queen Adelaide where a welcome lunch awaited
Report & Photograph from
Geoff & Wendy Moore
Six of us left Strode Car Park making our way to Winford.
We parked the cars at the Prince of Waterloo. Our walk was going to be about 4.25 miles.
Setting off from the pub we made our way to where Winford football pitch used to be, many years ago. After going over two stiles by Winford Allotments and making our way through two fields to Winford Manor.
Then taking the footpath by Birds Farm and again crossing fields and even stopping to inspect the potato crop. We continued on walking on very quiet country lanes. Had a coffee stop, before making our way toward Regil.
Cutting through on tracks and fields, before ending up back at Prince of Waterloo, for lunch. The countryside side was spectacular, with good views over the Mendips.
Report by: Philip and
Winford - 6 August
Maureen Humphries & Ross Janes
A ‘Grand Day Out’
Gradually we gathered in the sunshine at Yatton station on our way to walk the Bath Skyline. There was a lot of excitement and Carol said it reminded her of leading school trips.
We walked through Bath, stopping to admire the architecture, the golden-brown trees and in general the beauty of the whole scene. Our leader read from the guide leaflet and the group gathered round in awe, or was it to keep out of the cold? There was a sharp wind when out of the sunshine.
Having walked and gazed for about 40 minutes we reached the Holburne Museum for a welcome refreshment break. Then it was up through the park to the canal. The bridges are particularly fine and as we followed the canal everyone was in high spirits.
From there we took the long climb to the top of Bathwick Hill where the whole splendour of Bath was laid out before us. During our way down, we were amazed to see so much open countryside. We marvelled at the ‘rare breed’ sheep and took a wide berth of the young, frisky cattle. We retraced our steps part of the way, via the canal, including the canal pond, to descend to North Parade.
Just before the centre we stopped off at an excellent Tapas restaurant. Then it was back to Yatton and tea for some, in the Strawberry line café. All declared it to be a ‘Grand Day Out’, combining history, buildings and countryside with fun and jolly conversation.
Length: about 3.5 miles; Attending: 14 members.
Report by: Carol and James
Bath Skyline - 25 October
Photographs by Ross Janes and Jeff Eastmond
Footpath Survey - 12 September
Six members met for a walk across the fields to the south of the town. It coincided with a need to take a look at the description of ‘Southern Fields’ for a reprint of the Civic Society ‘Ten Clevedon Walks’ booklet. The walk went well despite much use of secateurs to clear brambles and despite finding one field had been planted with a crop of maize thus requiring a detour.
The return after a couple of hours was made along the coast via a path off Lower Strode Road. It was agreed that this pleasant alternative to a walk back along the road could be recommended in the revised booklet.
All this made for a useful as well as a pleasant late summer stroll.
Report & Photographs from
14 Members took part in a Footpath Walk in the west of Long Ashton, on a bright, sunny day, with a gentle to moderate breeze providing a moderating effect on the prevailing temperature.
Starting at the Long Ashton Community Centre, the group walked through Andrée Peel Park, named after the French Resistance worker who married a local man after the War. After a short walk through a modern housing estate and along the Weston Road, the route then went up a lane and across the fields to the rear of Gatcombe Farm to Gatcombe Mill and a valley to its rear, where a short break was taken. This area is known locally as ‘Seven Streams’, but disappointingly due to the weather this summer, not a trace of water was to be seen.
Resuming the walk, the group them climbed up past Kingcott Farm to the woods on the hill behind and thence back along the forest track to the Community Centre start point.
Lunch after the walk was taken at the ‘Greedy Goose’ café at Gatcombe Farm.
Long Ashton - 24 August
Report from Jeff Eastmond
Photographs from Jeff Eastmond and Malcolm Case
Post-Christmas Stroll - 29 December
18 walkers and one dog met for the annual Post Christmas walk.
Starting from the seafront we walked along Alexandra Road to the park, then through to Hill Road, on to and around Herbert Gardens, then back to Hill Road. Next on to Highdale Road and Strawberry Wood, Rippleside and Cambridge Road – where Geoff had kindly prepared some mulled wine for a welcome refreshment.
After some chat & wine we resumed our walk along Edward & Channel Roads to Bay Road and then to The Coast Path. When we reached Marine Parade we all went our separate ways home.
Although a dull day it was enlivened with the company.