Friday 13th March – Rowberrow
Walk Leaders: Bleddyn & Michelle
A 4.75 mile walk starting at The Swan Inn, Rowberrow. The route follows the old Slaggers path used by miners in the past then along beside a fast-flowing stream across a ford and up through the woods to open down land. From the Iron Age Fort we descend back to Rowberrow. The route is mainly on grassy or stony paths which might be a little muddy in places. There is a very long gradual climb near the start with some short steep sections. There are superb views from Dolbury Hill Fort. There are no stiles. The walk will start at 10 am. The facilities will be available at the start.
This delightful walk by Michelle and Bleddyn from the Swan Inn Rowberrow took the seventeen of us (plus Eric the dog who led a lot of the way) from Rowberrow (once the home of Terry Pritchett ) to climb through Rowberrow Warren Wood alongside a fast flowingstream. Rowberrow means rough hill or barrow. The 20 hectares mixed woodland is managed under a 2014- 2024 plan and there are signs of this with a lot of felled trees. We left Rowberrow Bottom and found ourselves on Dolebury Warren a SSSI. There are remains of an Iron Age Fort built 3000 years ago and the site was a medieval rabbit warren. The views from the ramparts of the fort are among the best to be found on Mendip.
Michelle helped orientate us and pointed out what, in a bit more detail, we could see. Dolebury Warren was mined for lead and calamine. The climb down from the warren split the group in two, half taking a slow and carefully walked path while the other half took the 170 steps down (who counted them?). The steps seemed rather tricky but all survived. We met up again and soon crossed the stream and climbed up again on way back to the Swan Inn.
A very enjoyable and fairly energetic walk. This walk was less muddy that most this winter. The Inn was very welcome and service and food good. Thank you Michelle and Bleddyn, sorry Bleddyn was too poorly to walk but thanks for his contribution. Thanks also to Allen for standing in as back marker.
Report by Harry