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Quantock Hills Walk – October 2016

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Barely two-months from the end of the year and I was keen to get another walk submitted to Brunel, so that I could reach another personal goal of having led five walks in 2016. A feat I had not achieved since 2014.

There were many locations I could’ve chosen and a few ‘difficult’ pre-walks along the way… Once again, I found myself returning to the familiar Quantock Hills.

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My Second Home

Having already led three walks for the local walking group this year, I’m determined now to make it up to five before the year’s out. I’ve known for a while that I want to make No.4 an exploration of the Quantocks (which is fast becoming a second home to me, not too far south from the Mendips) but to try and fit it all in to one walk would be extensive… So, I’ll more than likely include a second walk for people to discover the southern parts of the hills.

Cairn at the top of Woodlands Hill – the Quantocks, Somerset.

Yesterday, after a fortnight’s worth of evenings planning and tinkering with the route, it was time to pre-walk it.

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The Quantock Greenway North (Part 1)

This is a walk I completed on Good Friday and my first solo venture down on to the Quantock Hills; almost a year to the day when I joined the walking group on a trek across Exmoor, a few miles further west along the coast. I have been meaning to write about this ever since but a couple of items have held me back… One being the time it takes to sort through and organise my photos (having snapped over 200, I then uploaded 140 to Flickr!) but more recently, I am having keyboard problems where, for example, I have to avoid using all apostrophes and I can only create an open bracket by holding the right shift key.

But I will get there!

You can find the guide for this walk available online (The Quantock Greenway) and it is the same path that I set-out to follow. This first stretch, across the northern section of the hills, equates to 21 miles in total. Later this month (and again, in preparation for the 30-mile Mercury Mendip Challenge on the 1st of June), I’ll be driving south to complete the southern stretch, which tallies in at around 18 miles.

Due to time constraints and issues mentioned at the top, I have now decided to split this first 21-mile section in to 2 parts. This post will guide you from Holford to Crowcombe via. Great Wood.

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