Tuesday 26th February –Wedmore
Walk Leaders: Allan & Joyce
This is a walk, approx. 5 miles around Wedmore. Please meet at the New Inn, 1 Combe Batch, Wedmore, BS28 4DU. Tel: 01934 7120099 at 9.30 ready to leave at 9.45. Facilities will be available in the pub beforehand. Grid reference for New Inn is 438477.
We will be using tracks and quiet lanes that link Wedmore to the communities of Mudgley and Sand. There are ups and downs but none of them too difficult. The walk starts with a gentle climb up to an ancient ridgeway with superb views across to the Mendips. Various landmarks can be picked out on the way. We continue along the ridge until we join Townsend Lane and go down across fields with great views opening up across the Levels and the Quantocks. We cross a stile and follow a steep footpath down between hedges with rough stones which if wet, will be slippery and muddy. Walking poles recommended.
We then arrive on the edge of Mudgley, lovely views again as we go past cottages and farms and reach a main road which we cross and walk along for about 100 yards. We then take the first drive to Mudgley Hill Farm, cross a series of wet and muddy fields until we come to the hamlet of Sand. We cross two more fields dropping down to Wedmore where there is another steep, slippery footpath before arriving at the pub. There are 7 stiles, some tall and wobbly, and one gate to climb over. The walk and pub are both dog friendly.
On the hottest February day since records began, twenty four of us climbed out of Wedmore, described by Allan and Joyce as a “gentle climb” ?. But it was well worth it for the amazing views across to the Mendips and beyond. We continued along the ridgeway through bridgeways which had dried up somewhat in the warm weather. There was one really wet lane, but everyone managed without falling in (sorry Nicky!). What goes up has to come down, and we were soon negotiating a steep downhill stony path, with muddy patches. Our coffee stop afforded wonderful views towards the Quantocks. As it was Françoise birthday, Patsy had made a delicious cake and we all sang “Happy Birthday” to the Birthday Girl. The weather was really hotting up, and layers of clothing were soon being discarded. We were accompanied on our walk by birdsong, and the sight of spring flowers, but it felt more like summer, rather than Winter! We climbed over 7 stiles (according to the organiser) but it seemed more to me. We continued through Mudgley, Sand, and across fields and back to Wedmore. A wonderful days walking and a welcome lunch at the New Inn. Many thanks to Alan and Joyce for organising a lovely walk.
Report by Di.