Burrow Mump Walk
Wednesday 22nd May – Burrow Mump
Walk Leaders: Richard & Dinah
This is an easy and flat 5 mile walk starting at the Mump and finishing for lunch at the adjacent King Alfred Inn. We start with a scramble up the steep sides of the mound to look at the ruins and take in the view of the surrounding Levels - those of us that want to save their puff for the rest of the walk can take the easy route around the base!
After crossing the busy main road the walk takes us along grassy droves for a couple of miles before we re-cross the main road and walk along rhynes towards the Parret. We skirt the protected area set aside for the project to reintroduce the Common Crane to the levels and with luck distant binocular views of these unusual birds will be available at some point.
We then walk back beside the Parret to the pub for lunch. There are no climbs other than at the start and most of the gates encountered are easily opened. Dogs on leads may safely do the walk. Mud was minimal when recced, but some areas could suffer if we get any persistent remain prior to the start.
Please park in the (free) NT car park at Burrow Mump - toilet facilities will be available at the pub which is just a few hundred yards away with just a very short stretch of the busy road to be negotiated.
We meet in the Mump car park at 9.30 to set off at 9.45. Map ref. ST359 305. Walk numbers are limited to 20.
A big thank you to Richard and Dinah for a well explored walk today in the sunshine of Somerset. Of particular note was the constant bird song, as we walked up Burrow Mump and then all around it. With constant glimpses of the famous Mump, which Dinah told us means “HILL”, as does Burrow!
As Richard says in his pre-walk write up we climbed the hill and experienced the wonderful views all around us. We could see the Hood monument, Glastonbury Tor, the mast above Wells, and the levels all around us with little hamlets peeking through the trees and the Blackdown hills beyond, also probably the Quantock hills.
Having scaled the height of the Mump we then walked along the levels, mostly beside, or not far from, water. We heard reed warblers when walking beside the reeds, and some in the group saw one take off. There was a swan on her nest and we could see her eggs, but we did not go too close so as not to disturb her. We did not encounter any mud, in fact, because of the prolonged dry weather we have been having, the ground was very hard and dry, and in places, pot holes were lurking to catch the unwary ankle. Fortunately none of our group became victim to these traps.
Towards the end of the walk we spied the cranes in the distance, and stopped to use the binoculars. Diane was able to count seven cranes, and was very pleased. The cranes have successfully been re-introduced to this area, having been extinct from it. They have started to breed, and this is the first time in four hundred years that cranes have bred here.
Once back at the pub, we were directed upstairs to the outside terrace where a long table had been laid for our party of seventeen. In brilliant sunshine we all very much enjoyed our lunch and well-earned drinks. Well done to Richard, who organised an excellent walk and negotiated with the pub management, who had given some cause for concern before the walk, but came up trumps on the day.
Report by Patsy.