Keinton and West Lydford Walk

Wednesday 13th October - Keinton Mandeville

Walk Leaders: Nicky & Nick

On a mild 13th of October, thirteeen of us met up at The Quarry Inn, Keinton Mandeville. Blue Lias stone, much in evidence on the west front of Wells Cathedral, was formerly quarried here; and on a cottage in the High Street a Blue Plaque marks the birthplace of the Victorian actor-manager Sir Henry Irving.

Leaving the village, we set off along footpaths and bridleways to the village of West Lydford, where just beyond the churchyard we had our coffee break. Ever onward to the cider-apple orchards, where a beast of a machine literally swept up the fallen fruits which had previously been shaken from the trees -- and Nicky took the obligatory group-photo. Shortly after setting off, Michelle noticed a crane lifting into place the new footbridge to go over the River Brue. The old stone bridge was unsafe for years before being demolished. Then came the gentle upward climb to Cotton's Lane along a slightly muddy footpath through the woods and back on to the main road to an excellent pub lunch. The walk was 4.7 miles [7.5 kms] and a resounding nought on the mudometer.