Walk Reports 2023


Wednesday 12 July 2023

Lower Failand

8 of our members met at Strode and, in spite of very heavy squalls, decided to continue with plans for a walk in Lower Failand, taking in part of the Gordano Round.

Six walkers and two guests set off from St Bartholomew’s Church and headed westwards along Sandy Lane and then beyond into the fields.

The rain ceased and the butterflies staggered out to dry their wings while we marvelled at their survival at all after such torrential rain.

We traversed land occupied by some beautiful and friendly horses, and thence up through woodland. Some clambering over a fallen tree was required not to mention 7 stiles over the length of the walk. Much chatting and assistance made for good team work. Our walk took us on across the main road and up to the woods near Charlton Farm where we paused for our coffee stop, more banter and getting to know our guests.

We tried out the bird song app to see if we could identify the resident species. We then walked diagonally down through a beautiful field, spotting larches and other unexpected flora, and thence through a field of nearly ripe barley. (This was the official path.)

The next section of our walk was rather overgrown and somewhat of a challenge in places but fortunately we were equipped with tools to remove the larger nettles and briars. We finally emerged onto Mill Lane and crossed safely to the other side and up to the top of the hill.

More stiles but I’m happy to report that the bullocks we had reported on earlier, were nowhere to be seen.

The weather had turned very warm and we were glad to arrive at The Failand Inn for refreshment. We had a friendly welcome and a very good lunch!

Report by Veronica Hobbs

Photos by Ross Janes

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