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Somer Valley Walking Festival
September 18, 2016 @ 9:30 amFree
There are six walks available – one for all ages and abilities; an art walk; three walks of medium length (6 – 8 miles) and a longer walk of 13 miles – further details below:-
Family Walk and Treasure Hunt: Something for all the family to enjoy! Start at Radstock and use the Norton-Radstock and Five Arches Greenways to reach the Somerset & Dorset Railway Station and Silver Street Local Nature Reserve on Silver Street in Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY (open 10am – 4pm). The route is around 4 miles there and back but you can do all or part it at your leisure. To collect your Treasure Hunt and free Goody Bag*, register at the Foyer of the Radstock Co-operative (car park side) 3 Wells Road, Radstock BA3 3RQ between 10am and 2pm. (*Goody bags available while stocks last!) This route is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.
These circular walks start and end at the Victoria Hall in Radstock and will include a morning and lunchtime break so that you can enjoy your own
Art Walk: Led by local artist, Terry Bridgeman, this gentle walk will take you no further than 2 – 3 miles from Radstock. Terry finds inspiration for his own art work in the foliage, trees and landscape of the Somer Valley. Let him inspire you on this walk which will have opportunities for sketching/painting. Participants should bring their own art materials and refreshments.
Length: 2-3 miles – some hills and uneven terrain. Duration: Up to 4 hours
Walk 1: Radstock – Tyning –Shoscombe – Foxcote – Lower Writhlington – Radstock
Led by the Mendip Ramblers, this walk will take you from Radstock via the Tyning, with its soil heap a reminder that coal mining was once a key industry in the region. View the colliery sites still evident on both sides of the Wellow valley before going on to Shoscombe, Single Hill and Foxcote. The walk will return to Radstock along the valley bottom, joining part of the old Somerset & Dorset railway line.
Length: 6.1 miles – some hills and uneven terrain. Duration: 3.5 hours
Walk 2: Radstock – Kilmersdon- Babington – Charlton – Radstock
Led by the Mendip Ramblers, this walk will take you from Radstock along the Colliers Way, past its different varieties of apple trees planted at the former track side, to reach Kilmersdon with its fine church tower. The walk passes through the grounds of Babington House where the tiny St Margaret’s chapel can be seen before returning to Radstock across quiet farmland and through Waterside.
Length: 6.6 miles – some hills and uneven terrain. Duration: 4 hours
Walk 3: Radstock – Clandown Bottom – Cam Valley – Withy Mills (Paulton and Timsbury Basin) – Camerton – Woodborough – Radstock
Led by the Norton Radstock Ramblers, on this walk you will discover Camerton’s Roman Villa; take in part of the Limestone Link; explore a nature reserve and view the recently excavated lake at Woodborough. There will also be a talk at Paulton and Timsbury Basin about the Somerset Coal Canal.
Length: 7.8 miles – some hills and uneven terrain. Duration: Up to 5 hours
Walk 4: Radstock – Woodborough – Camerton – Tunley – Timsbury – High Littleton – Paulton – Radstock
Led by the Norton Radstock Ramblers, on this walk you will discover
woodland, streams and evidence of the region’s industrial heritage in the form of coal spoils (batches); disused railways and the Somerset Coal Canal. There are a couple of steep climbs out of the valleys of the Wellow and Cam Brooks but a chance to catch your breath and admire the spectacular views at the top!