Tuesday 22nd October – Charlton Adam
Walk Leaders: Maggie & John S
This is a 5.5 mile walk around the Charltons area. We start at the Fox and Hounds pub in Charlton Adam (TA11 7AU) Grid Ref ST 541 288. Please arrive by 9.15 am so that you can place your lunch order and be ready for a 9.45 am start.
From the pub we turn right out of the car park and follow a footpath to the south side of Charlton Adam village. We follow Chessels Lane to Tout Lane which we cross to follow a rutted track (Ridgeway Lane) for almost a mile towards the National Trust’s Lytes Cary estate.
From Lytes Cary we walk along another quiet lane in the direction of Kingsdon turning right up a track and then walking north along another track to cross three fields to the outskirts of Charlton Mackrell village.
We follow footpaths and tracks towards the Charltons’ war memorial. Here care needs to be taken as we walk a short distance along a narrow, but often busy, road before turning left over a stile towards Charlton Adam church, following the road through the village back to the pub. There are five stiles. This is a repeat of the walk done in May 2014
We set off from the Fox and Hounds in Charlton Adam on a chilly but sunny and windless morning. We were truly blessed by the weather, having had plenty of grey and rainy days recently. Maggie led the walk, though Purdie (the dog) was always vying for that top spot.
We walked through beautiful scenery with the autumn colours just starting to appear on the trees. From our coffee spot we had a view of the mist hanging over the valley to the South East. On our way we saw plenty of sheep, cattle and also horses and passed through a gloriously peaceful landscape. There was some mud in a couple of places – but not too much. Although there were only five stiles – a couple of them were quite a challenge and required some special manoeuvres.
Thank you Maggie and John for a lovely walk on an amazingly beautiful morning.
Report by Jane G