Long Sutton Walk

Thursday 29th January – Long Sutton

Walk Leaders: Nick & Lucy

We will meet at the Lime Kiln Inn (on the A372, OS 129, GR 481257, TA10 9JH) at 0930. Large car park. At 0945 we will transfer to fewer cars and move on to Long Sutton Village Hall, about half a mile away (OS 129, GR 469256, TA10 9NT) to start walking at 1000.

We walk down into the village turning right by the Devonshire Arms and then left down Crouds Lane. We follow the lane for a while before turning off across fields and tracks until we reach the River Yeo (or Ivel) by Pibsbury Pumping Station. We then walk along an embankment between the two romantically named “Long Sutton Main Drain” and “Long Load Main Drain”, the first of which is actually the river, before turning off and back into the south end of the village and so back to the car park. The walk is almost totally flat, the only very slight hill is up to the car park; it is about 5¼ miles. No limit on numbers.

On the recce. it was wet and there were three extremely muddy gates, Wellington boots and sticks recommended. There was considerable flooding, the embankment is more like walking between two lakes rather than rivers but these supported considerable bird life and we saw deer. There were 9 stiles, a couple a bit difficult and not all dog friendly. There is one rather rickety footbridge which requires care. Should the wind change to a cold Easterly we will do the walk in the opposite direction to avoid walking into it along the embankment.

13 walkers set out on a glorious sunny morning. After all the rain in the previous few days we were prepared for some mud. We had taken heed of our leader’s advice and were well equipped with sticks and wellies. The mud was deep and sticky and there was lots of it so much so that the mudometer scored 11. After negotiating mud and puddles and some slippery stiles we were glad of the stop at Pibsbury pumping station for a well- earned coffee. There were good views to the church towers of Huish Episcopi, Langport, Muchelney and back towards Long Sutton. Swans were out in force and we saw deer crossing the fields. The return leg was a bit easier with slightly less mud. Our lunch at the Lime Kiln was excellent and the service was speedy. Many thanks to Nick and Lucy for a memorable walk. Despite the mud we had a very enjoyable walk.
Report by Barbara.