Pilton walk in January

Thursday 16th January – Pilton

Walk Leaders: Nicky & Jackie

This is a repeat of a walk done 3 years ago. It is just under 5 miles. The walk will start from Pilton Working Men’s Club/Village Hall at 10 am.

We will walk along beside the Whitelake River, over the ford and then head East along a bridle way to East Town and then continue along Platterwell Lane. We will turn back across farm fields and along an old drove road (now footpath) at the top of a ridge with lovely views southward if the weather is kind. We will cross the playing field to Worthy Farm with a view of the Pyramid Stage and on to the old medieval barn. The walk is mostly along lanes, but there will be a bit of mud in parts on the paths.

In total there are 5 wooden stiles. 3 stiles are high (3 horizontal bars) and 2 of these high stiles are broken without the normal plank to stand on and therefore are a climb (or go through between the bars!). Challenging! There are also 4 “squeeze” stiles plus one stone stile. There are a couple of short hills in Pilton and a gradual incline along Platterwell Lane.

Please car share as much as possible so we do not block the small carpark for village hall users. There is a signpost on the A361 in Pilton to the Working Men’s Club & Village Hall (Post Code BA4 4BB, Grid Reference ST 588 439). Toilets will be available before setting off, but please no boots in the building. Sorry no dogs in the building.

Sadly the wind and rain arrived on Thursday so the walk leader decided on a change of plan. Nicky took the group to visit Pilton barn and then after a rather wet and windy exposed stretch towards Worthy Farm she decided that the planned route, which would have had further long stretches along an exposed ridge, would not have been very pleasant. So instead we walked along the more sheltered lanes in the village and were lucky enough to find a derelict barn in which to take shelter to enjoy the coffee stop with some apple muffins supplied by our leader.

Inclement weather
Left the group with
Twenty walkers
Out in the squally rain
Nicky, thinking on her feet,

Varied the route.
Instead of five miles, a
Little under four.
Lunch was earlier than
Anticipated, so
Giving us all an
Early drive home

By Shelagh