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Mendip Hills – December 2016

Friday 30th December 2016

This would be my final proper walk for 2016 and I’d decided to keep it as a local one.

I headed for the Burrington Ham car park towards the top of Burrington Combe and, with an early start close to 9am, I was soon heading off, over the road to cross Black Down.

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Hinton Blewett and Litton Walk

Monday 26th December 2016

Boxing Day and this walk is set only a few miles south of Chew Valley Lake but on land that seems to be largely unknown to the masses.

It begins in Hinton Blewett and you can find the route I followed on the Mendip Hills website.

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Draycott Sleights

Saturday 24th December 2016

Christmas Eve and officially the start of my ten-day break from the ‘necessary’ routine of work.

Of course, I was going to spend the day outdoors and I settled upon the idea of starting in Priddy and heading west to revisit Draycott Sleights Nature Reserve.

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Blagdon Walk – December 2016

Tuesday 20th December 2016

Each time I entertain the thought of doing a walk that includes the village of Blagdon and its lake, I find myself tracing out a mostly familiar route and often starting from the same car park as before.

While the car park/start point would remain unchanged, on this occasion, I decided to venture a little further from the known paths.

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A Priddy Good Walk

Sunday marked the fourth walk that I have lead this year and I have hopes for leading a fifth before 2016 passes… Even though, I’ve yet to decide which one I’m definitely going to submit.

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Sadly, I didn’t take any photos from the day but the ones you’ll see in this post are from another Priddy pre-walk to finalise the final portion of this walk, from Friday evening.

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Pre-Walking in Priddy

It’s almost time for me to lead another walk with the local Ramblers group, which will be my fourth of the year. Currently, I’m set to lead the group across a section of the Mendip Hills in a nine-mile loop that begins and ends in Priddy.

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While the walk itself is mostly flat, level and even downhill at times; the final quarter is going to be an unavoidable steep ascent. In the process of pre-walking and finalising this route, I’m trying a variation of footpaths to see if any route is ‘less intensive’ than the others…

On Friday afternoon, I noticed a couple of curious things.

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West Harptree Wander (Part 2)

Sunday 3rd July 2016

It was somewhere around midday as I passed through the small village of Litton. Lunch was only an hour away and I knew where I would hope to stop in time.

But instead of taking a more direct route west to East Harptree Woods, I would now be looking to join the Monarch’s Way further south, so I could tick off a few more miles of this long-distance route.

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A Walk Around Priddy – June 2016 (Part 2)

Sunday 26th June 2016

Having spent some time at Westbury Beacon – my first visit to this area – and taken many photos, it was time to turn eastwards and find somewhere to rest for lunch.

But it wasn’t simply a case of taking a direct route, with a line of private fields ahead of me and some road walking to follow, before I would reach my next convenient footpath.

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