Friday 4th January – Binegar
Walk Leaders: Patsy & Rosie
A walk from the Horse and Jockey in Binegar, (grid ref:- 618:492 post code BA3 4UH leaving at 10.00 am. Facilities will be available before the walk.
The walk is 4.18 miles with quite a few stiles, some stone, which are not dog friendly, and others before crossing bridges (planks) over streams, also not dog friendly. As this is the first walk of the year, much of the walk is along quiet lanes, but also across fields, which will be muddy near the gates where there have been cattle, and in the swampy areas.
From the pub we head northeast, along a lane, across the first difficult stile, through a field to Turners Court lane. We follow this lane passed the old railway and north to the B3139, which we cross heading for Emborough. Around the little church, through the farm yard and along to Swallow Pitts Farm. Then across fields re crossing the B3139 across fields by tumuli, and wend our way back along the lane, through the Church car park to be back at the pub for a 1 o’clock lunch.
There are some undulations, but we are on the plateau of the Mendips, which we have climbed up in our cars, so no significant hills.
The first walk of 2019 was a true winter walk. 20 walkers set off on a cold and frosty morning. There was no wind and by the end of the walk the sun was coming through the cloud. It was a very pleasant walk. Easy walking along quiet lanes and when in the fields the ground was firm, except in a couple of places where mud had to be negotiated. Walkers managed to negotiate the stiles without mishap – the first one was rather tricky – a high stone one followed by a wooden one! This walk was a repeat of a walk done 4 years ago but in the opposite direction. We stopped briefly to look inside Emborough church (looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust) and then in the parish church at Binegar. The Horse and Jockey served us an excellent lunch very promptly at 1.00pm. Thank you Patsy and Rosie for a very enjoyable walk.
Report by Nicky