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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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Quantocking in Winter (Part 2)

Setting off from the summit of Wills Neck, it was time now to make an eastward return towards Broomfield.

From here, there was only one question on my mind… Could I complete this walk without encountering any obstructed footpaths?

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Quantock Hills – November 2015

Sunday 22nd November 2015

This weekend has not been the best for walking weather, although I did manage to brave the elements with a friend for a short walk yesterday. By contrast, last weekend was one of the driest we’ve had here for several weeks. But for the biting winter wind, it would’ve been perfect for a late-autumn/early winter’s walk.

Wrapping up warm, I decided to head down to the Quantocks – a few weeks earlier than intended – and this is what I had to find.

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Easter on the Quantocks

Walking on Easter Sunday is becoming somewhat of a tradition for me. It began in 2013, when a friend invited me out on a walk across the Mendips (a date that also coincided with my birthday for that year). Last year, I remember climbing Brent Knoll Hill to discover the large crucifixes that had been erected upon the summit.

Those crosses were again visible on the same day in 2015. Only, this time, I was heading a little further down the M5 and to my latest walking ‘home’ – the Quantocks!

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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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