Hinton Blewett – 22.7.18

July 23, 2018 at 11:16 am

A nearly 6 mile walk starting and ending at the Ring O Bells pub in Hinton Blewett.

This circular walk started in Hinton Blewett on a gloriously warm morning. The fields were brown and the mud had solidified which made for interesting walking. Fortunately there were also some shady lanes and wooded paths. The walk went through the lovely little village of Litton where the reservoirs provided a good lunch stop and the opportunity to watch the birds on the water.

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Gargoyle on St Mary’s Church in Litton

Hot sheep huddled in a shady corner

Buzzards gliding over the reservoir

Pine woods are less common than deciduous woods in this area so it was nice to walk through one for a change

Litton Reservoir

A family of diving ducks a little too far away to identify – could be Coots or Cormorants

An easily identifiable bottom

A familiar site – cows and bulls are generally harmless but can give you a stare that makes your blood run cold!

Some people do feel nervous when walking in fields with cattle.  Between 2000 and 2015 the Health and Safety Executive reported 74 human deaths in the UK caused by cattle.  56 of these were farm workers. Of the remainder 17 were accompanied by a dog and 17 were lone walkers.  So walking in a group with no dogs is very safe as long as you’re calm and sensible.  Here are some helpful tips from Countryfile to maximise safety:

  1. If you’re with a dog you should keep it on its lead, particularly during calving season. By law farmers are entitled to destroy any dog that injures or worries their animal.
  2. Stay well clear of calves, and resist temptation to pet them.
  3. If you feel threatened by a herd when you are with a dog, let go of its lead so you and it can get to safety seperately.
  4. Move in a careful, calm way, if you sense a threat, keep moving with your body facing the cow; don’t turn your back to the animal or run.
  5. Tell the landowner and highway authority about any attacks or frightening incidents and contact the Health & Safety Executive and Police if it’s of a serious nature.

 

Rolling hills and views for miles

The continuing heatwave has made the landscape look more Mediterranean than Somerset!

Ebbor Gorge – 22.4.18

April 23, 2018 at 9:20 am

This is a walk we have done before here and here.  It’s 5 miles with lots of hills (and views on a good day) and woodland.

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This walk started from Ebbor Gorge car park and went down to the reserve by a steep flight of steps before levelling out for the walk to Wookey Hole village. At the end of the village a path led across fields to Arthur’s Point – good views in all directions. After a stroll through woods another series of hills gave spectacular views across the Somerset levels before returning to the reserve and back to the car park. A lovely spring day with primroses, anemones, bluebells and lambs aplenty.

We prewalked this on 2nd April so here are some comparison photos of the two visits:

bare mossy woods | spring green woods

bears | tigers

lambs in raincoats | lambs under the trees

cows in the barn | cows set free

suddenly the woods and fields are full of wildflowers

Buckland Dinham – 18.2.18

February 20, 2018 at 7:29 am

This walk starts in the village of Buckland Dinham then heads into the Somerset countryside through Great Elm and on towards Mells where the hills above the village give good views of the historic manor house and church. A good variety of walking with open fields and meadows, riverside paths and bridleways thick with mud. Signs of spring everywhere with snowdrops, daffodils in bud and wild garlic starting to appear.

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the walk started from The Bell Inn – recognisable by the pygmy goats and flying bicycle in the car park

Don’t forget to say hello to the goats

The views are still wintry out there …

… but you know Spring is on the way when the woods start to smell of garlic

Lunch stop by the Mells River

Scarlet Elf Cap Fungus

The deep dark mossy woods

This cute little waterfall is actually a water outlet from Whatley quarry which features in our Nunney walk.  You can see both walks on this map below, today’s walk in red and the Nunney Walk in blue

Ebbor Gorge – 30.7.17 *FEATURED WALK*

August 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

Welcome to our third featured walk which is a 4.9 mile circular hike through Ebbor Gorge on the West Mendip Way.  Full instructions are below.

This walk starts from Ebbor Gorge car park and heads down into the reserve before diverting into Wookey Hole village. From there it goes across fields and through woods before returning to the nature reserve and back to the car park. A challenging walk with steep flights of steps and climbs up hills but well worth the effort for the far reaching views across the Somerset countryside. The limekilns and rock formations are an interesting addition.

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Ebbor Gorge – 21.5.17

May 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Ebbor Gorge – 6 miles.  This was a test run of a walk we will be leading on 30th July – the route may differ slightly

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The Mendips and Glastonbury Tor in the distance

Westbury White Horse – 16.4.17

April 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

Westbury White Horse – A 5.9 mile walk starting and ending at the White Horse car park.

The walk started from the Westbury White Horse car park and went past the old chalk quarry and skirted Imber Range – no firing today! The mostly level walk from high ground gave wonderful long distance views. Paragliders and kite flyers were taking advantage of the wind. Animal highlights included a Peregrine Falcon, skylarks, very woolly brown sheep and shaggy ponies – and, of course, the White Horse. An avenue of Beech trees provided the ideal setting for coffee and Easter Eggs!

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undulating fields

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Nunney Revisited – 27.3.17

March 28, 2017 at 6:25 am

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On a gloriously sunny spring day it was well worth repeating this walk – see walk on 31/7/16 – as the differences were clear. The views were spectacular and the wood anemones and primroses were flourishing along the stream side paths although the wild garlic had yet to flower. The absence of leaves improved the views and gave a clear impression of how large the quarry was!

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Wood Anemones

Nunney – 31.7.16 *FEATURED WALK*

August 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

As promised Bath Ramblings is proud to present our first fully featured walk with detailed instructions – a 5.84 mile circular walk of average difficulty and varied environments.  Starting from Nunney Castle Car park this walk quickly left the village and Nunney Brook was soon reached. A gentle walk through fields, along country lanes and streamsides. The quarries give an added interest to a very pleasant, varied walk.  Nunney is a 40 minute drive from Bath going via Radstock and you can park in Castle Car Park.

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Route instructions:

Turn left at the café to Nunney Castle. (PHOTO 1) If you look over the wall you will see the working moat.

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Nunney Castle

Caen Hill Locks – 29.5.16

May 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

A gloriously sunny day for a gentle walk starting in the village of Poulshot before crossing fields of rapeseed and meadows full of buttercups and noting the Wadworths shire horses in their summer holiday field, to the edge of Devizes. From here the towpath along the Kennet and Avon canal was reached and turning west the walk went along the canal and the impressive Caen Hill Locks. Leaving the canal the walk crossed back over the A361 and through more fields before reaching Poulshot again.

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5.61 mile walk starting and ending at Poulshot and taking in Caen Hill Locks

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Coming soon …

April 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Bath Ramblings will soon be sharing our first ‘featured walk’.  This will include a map plus full detailed instructions for a lovely, varied 5.2 mile route through some gorgeous countryside.  More details will follow in the summer but in the meantime here is a teaser trailer of what is in store.