Friday 30th August – Beckington
Walk Leaders: Roger & Barbara
Roger and Barbara are leading this 5.5 mile walk starting at The Woolpack, Beckington, BA11 6SP. Please meet at 9.30 am. Facilities will be available as usual. There is a small car park behind the pub and parking is possible on the road but please car share where possible.
We walk up the main street to the recreation ground following the Macmillan Way. We cross the A36. This is a busy, fast road so it must be crossed with utmost care. The path goes across fields to a tree lined track and along a quiet lane to Rode. Then there is a short stony track down to Scutt’s Bridge, an old packhorse bridge over the River Frome. The shady track goes to Woolverton where we cross back over the A36. Heading west on a quiet lane we reach Laverton with its interesting church. Our path takes us on to the pretty village of Lullington and then back across the River Frome along the Macmillan Way to Beckington.
This walk is limited to 20 because there are 17 stiles, all dog friendly and in good condition. We suggest you wear long trousers as there is long grass on the field margins.
Nineteen walkers met at the Woolpack Inn in Beckington on a late-summer morning, in the hope that the weather would hold fair at least until we we'd completed the 5 miles plus [8+ kms] walk and got back for lunch .... and it did!
The walk was exactly everything it said on the tin -- with a few extras. A hairy crossing of the exceedingly busy A36: our coffee break in the churchyard of St Mary's, Laverton, which happily was open and therefore visited: a group tree-hug round an enormous old oak -- a first for the Walking Group archives: and a number of extremely courteous drivers who all reduced speed and gave us a generously wide berth when passing.
We all enjoyed a good lunch at the Woolpack and thanks from everyone go to the Chapmans for organising a most enjoyable walk through the Somerset countryside at its best, with no slips and slides, no wrong turnings -- and once again no thought of the mudometer! Thank you, Barbara and Roger -- long may you lead us.
Report by Shelagh