Forthcoming events

2020

Watch this space for details of our email quizzes – Six of the Best!

Friday 18 September – Bird watching at Shapwick. More details to follow.

 Quiz Night at The Britannia Inn, Wells  – now planned for November.Watch this space for further news.

Saturday 5 December – Street collection in Wells.

Wednesday 16 December – Carol singing outside Wells Town Hall.

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We are not able to offer our usual Over the Hills sponsored walk but we want to give you the opportunity to continue to support Oxfam in a way that is safe, easy and fun. So, you can take part in our Over the Hills Walk in Your Own Time, With Your Own Companions, and we have set up a Justgiving fund raising page where the money you donate will be made available to Oxfam within a few days, helping it to respond to Covid-19 situations and to people in need.

You can walk one of our suggested routes, a 4-mile circular easy walk from Wells, or a 7-mile circular moderate walk from Butleigh, or you can walk or cycle your own favourite route. Then head to our Justgiving page to make your donation and send news and photos of how you got on to us. 

Please note that you walk these routes at your own risk; please choose a walk suited to your fitness level; please observe all current Covid-19 related guidance.

Circular Walk 1 : Wells, Dulcote, Dinder, Wells – 4 miles, easy

(Abbr: R: right; L: left; TL: turn left; TR: turn right; KG: Kissing Gate; FP: footpath)

1) Start from the corner of Silver Street and Bishop’s Palace Moat.

Go through the double swing gates ahead, bear R to take the gravel track (see Option A at the end of the sheet if you want to avoid the stiles in this first section). Cross the first field, through the KG ahead. Walk diagonally L ahead towards the wood and the field boundary.

Keeping the wood to your R and the three trees to your L, continue ahead along the R edge of the field to reach a stile and gateway straight ahead. Continue on ahead, then bearing slightly L over the brow towards a stile in the hedge in front of you. Cross the track and go through the gate and continue ahead to a wooden footbridge (to the R of the cattle crossing). Cross the double stiles over the stream and continue ahead to the stile in the L corner of the field.

Cross and head for the next stile in the R corner of the next field. Now go through the stile and gate, up the pathway to reach the road (between Dulcote House and Walnut Cottage).T L. Walk down the road to the junction by the fountain. T L, cross over the road with care and walk down the road through Dulcote village; TR into KG just pass ‘Merryfields’ house.

2) Continue straight across the field and through the KG; follow the track to the L around the field to a KG, continue round the L of the next field to a double gated bridge; cross the bridge and continue diagonally across the small field to the KG; continue in the same direction across the field to the next KG where you come out into Dinder cricket field. Cross the cricket field to the KG ahead and continue to the road. T L along the road, then take the next L opposite the church.

3) Continue up this road, passing Sharcombe Farm on the L and Sharcombe Grange on the R (ignore a trackway to L labelled private). Where the track divides, T L and continue upwards until you emerge into a field through a gate. Cross the field keeping to the L to a gate into Dinder Estate Woodlands. Follow the FP through the wood and emerge onto the main FP . T L.

4) Follow the footpath, keeping the Golf course and then fields to your L and the woods to your R, until you come to the large house on your R. Just past the house, T R over a stone stile next to a metal gate. Follow the FP through this large field, with the quarry to your L. Pass through the KG ahead, through a wooded area, another field and gate and then descend through Tor Hill Woods to Tothill Lane.

5) T L onto Tothill Lane, cross the B3139 with care and carry on along the path beside the Moat, arriving back at your starting point.

Well done. The Bishop’s Table café may be open for a well-deserved cup of tea.

Send whatever donation you would like to make to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/midsomerset-oxfam-supporters, knowing that you are contributing to reducing poverty and suffering world-wide.

Send us any photos of your walk so we can add them to the MSOG website, to celialacey48@hotmail.com

Option:  If you don’t like stiles: Keep to the tarmac path to your L, carry on across several fields and gates until you come out on to the road, the B3139. Cross the road with care, TR and walk towards Dulcote. Just before the house Merryfields, you will see a KG on your L. Rejoin the route at 2.

Circula Walk 2 – Butleigh, The Hood Monument and The Polden Way. 7 miles. 31/2 hours, moderate

Abbr: R = right, L = left, TR = turn right; TL = turn Left; FP = footpath; KG = kissing gate

This walk starts in the High Street in Butleigh and takes you up to the Hood Monument where you join the Mendip Ring and the Polden Way and then takes you through Combe Hollow and Great Breach Wood and onto New Hill Wood. It then continues to follow the Mendip Ring back to Butleigh.

1) Walk up the High Street and TR into Sub Road. Walk a short distance to the R, cross the road opposite Butleigh Manor and Butleigh Cricket Ground and TL into the FP. Follow the path diagonally across the field to cross a bridge, TL, pass through the farm gate ahead (signed Mendip Ring Plus) and TR. Go through the gate at the top then slightly L to a small gate in the fence ahead, to the left of the biggest cedar tree on the fence line. Keep in the same direction, through the field and orchard and over a double-gated bridge at the bottom of the field. TL, go through a gate, bear left along hedgerow, follow hedgerow as it goes to R then L, go through gate. Cross the lane and through gate. Keeping hedgerow on R, cross 2 fields and then 2 fields with hedgerow on L, to the road. Cross the road into wood on FP. Short walk through the wood up to Hood Monument (see explainer at end of the sheet)

2) Walk round the monument to the R and leave the monument from the far side; take the path straight ahead through the wood, following the Polden Way signs, which takes you on to Combe Hill and some really lovely views. Keep following the Polden Way, with the occasional Mendip Ring sign, to keep you on the right path. After about 1 mile, take sharp R turn, still signed Polden Way, down to and across the bridge over Combe Hollow into Kings Wood. Now follow the Polden Way for the next mile or so.

3) You will walk through a gate into some grassland, (Gilling Down) now take the path to your left alongside the hedge which will lead you through a KG, then immediately TR through another KG into New Hill and & Tannager Nature Reserve (still on the Polden Way). You will soon come to a kissing gate on your left, still the Polden Way. At the junction turn right, then when you will meet a junction of paths with a finger post labelled Discovery Trail; the Polden Way continues right here but you take the left-hand path, joining the Mendip Ring. Shortly TL again, keeping to the Mendip Ring signs. Note the Colston Obelisk on your R. Take the next TR, still Mendip Ring sign. The path then meets a metal track. Cross this track into Great Breach Wood Nature Reserve. Follow this path through the wood and into a field, follow the field round to RH to pass some farm buildings on your left to reach the B road. Cross the road to the gate opposite then go half right across the field to a gate next to the farm gate. Cross the road and take the public highway opposite, signed Higher Hill Road.

4) Follow this road towards Butleigh Cross, but before reaching the Cross, TL onto FP immediately past the farmyard (the stile is obscured and the finger post is broken), cross the waste ground and then cross field, bearing slightly L. Go across the double-gated bridge and into a field, go diagonally across the field onto the road. Go straight across the road onto FP, (past Edgars builders). Follow FP round fields onto the road. Cross road, bear R then take FP on L which takes you past Rookes Farm and other buildings to the High Street. TL into the High street and walk down the High Street back to your starting point.

If you have time, read about the buildings you are passing on the Ann Healey Heritage Trail plaques.

Explainer: Hood Monument

The monument was paid for by public subscription and designed by the architect Henry Goodridge. It was originally linked to the Hood family home at Butleigh by a mile long avenue of cedar trees. The inscription was composed by Sir James Mackintosh.[

Samuel Hood entered the Royal Navy in 1776 at the start of the American Revolutionary War., served in the West Indies, 1793, after the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars, Hood served in the Mediterranean, Russo-Swedish Wars, East Indies; he died in Madras, aged 51/52. (© Wikipedia).

Send whatever donation you would like to make to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/midsomerset-oxfam-supporters, knowing that you are contributing to reducing poverty and suffering world-wide.

Send us any photos of your walk so we can add them to the MSOG website, to celialacey48@hotmail.com