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Chew Valley Waterfall Walk

Sunday 1st January 2017

My first walk of the year began at the western edge of Chew Valley Lake, where car parking is free and small numbers flock to admire and throw bread at the native birds.

I arrived here in search of an elusive waterfall… Many miles far from the Brecon Beacons! Hoping to find a trig point along the way.

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Chew Stoke to Wrington

Saturday 15th October 2016

Having successfully navigated the 2 Rivers Way as far as Chew Valley Lake, I now had to navigate my way home and back to Wrington.

There was no other long-distance path that would lead me to the destination and, without wanting to retread those familiar steps but in reverse, I sought out paths that were both new and unexplored to me.

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Can You Walk Around Chew Valley Lake?

Friday 23rd September 2016

Chew Valley Lake is a large reservoir in North East Somerset, with a circumference between eight and nine miles. It is the largest man-made lake in the south-west of England and one of the largest in the UK.

For a time, I’d been wondering about how accessible the water’s edge would be; already knowing that you can walk close to parts of it along the south, north and western edges… In a spare afternoon that would turn in to an evening, I allowed myself a few hours to attempt to walk the full circuit and find out.

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West Harptree Wander (Part 1)

Sunday 3rd July 2016

My first walk of July was one that I decided would again be fairly close to home.

West Harptree is an area south of Chew Valley Lake that I hadn’t walked around thoroughly for a good few years. I’d also been intending to go trig-point hunting one evening but hadn’t made it happen. This was a time to do it all and revisit other less-frequented aspects of the Mendip Hills.

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Chew, Two, Three (Part 2)

Saturday 19th March 2016

From Pensford, there was only one direction I would be heading next and that was uphill, in my pursuit of an ideal lunchtime stop.

According to my brief notes, it was somewhere between 11.00 and 11.30 that morning, as I joined the Three Peaks Walk, once again.

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Chew, Two, Three (Part 1)

Saturday 19th March 2016

In an effort to explore a little more of the Two Rivers Way, I spent last Saturday on another walk not too far from home (less than a thirty-minute drive).

It begins at Chew Valley Lake, where I was relieved to find that parking at the northern-most area was free – although, a new tariff (£2 per day) comes in to force from this Easter weekend.

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Dundry and Maes Knoll

This morning, as I begin to write this, the sun is trying to break through the glut of persistent rain. This ongoing downpour of torrent has caused disaster for many home-owners further south and for the average walker, well, I’m presuming that the enthusiasm to get out and to enjoy nature is lost in some small way. I know I haven’t been out for almost two-weeks now and this walk I’m about to share is indeed my most recent.

Dundry Down car park, at the start of the walk.

Roll on summer!!

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