Wednesday 3rd July – Galhampton
Walk Leaders: Nicky & Jackie
This is a mainly flat 5 mile walk with some gentle inclines along quiet lanes, tracks and across fields.
The walk will commence from The Orchard Inn, Galhampton. Postcode BA22 7BA (OS Explorer Map 129 Grid Ref 635 298). Meet at 9.45 am to set off at 10 am. Toilet facilities will be available. The car park is small so if we can car share as much as possible it will help.
The route starts by heading eastwards to pick up the Macmillan Way and Leland Trail going southwards. This takes us down a track with very long grasses brushing against you so long trousers are recommended. The track turns into an ancient sunken path, which if wet could be rather muddy. Then we continue along Stoke Lane before crossing fields to pick up these trails again until we connect with the Monarch’s Way and head back through the village of Galhampton to the pub.
We cross 3 maize fields, 2 of which have well trodden paths but we have to weave our way across the 3rd. Luckily the maize is only 2 feet high. On the recce one field had a herd of inquisitive cattle. There are 9 stiles, some of which are a bit broken and wobbly so care needs to be taken. They are dog friendly.
22 people arrived at the Orchard Inn on the A359 ,just south of Castle Cary near the village of Galhampton . It was a lovely sunny morning-perfect for walking.
We set off along quiet lanes, and across fields -some with maize as yet only knee high. The route took us on to some parts of long distance named walking routes - the Macmillan Way, Monarch’s Way and the Leland Way. This area of South Somerset is so different to the landscape near Wells. There were views over to distant rolling hills, but our walk was mostly level with a few stiles, only a couple of which were a bit tricky. Some of the lanes were lined with high hedges but there was no mud whatsoever! We walked quite close to the village of Yarlington and remembered passing the same beautiful water mill on a previous walk around there.
This was a very pleasant walk of 5.1 miles - good weather , good company, lovely scenery, finishing off with an excellent lunch back at the Orchard Inn. Many thanks to Nicky and Jackie for organising it.
Report by Lucy