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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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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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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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Mendip Challenge 2016: 20 Mile Route

Halfway way up the B3135 Cliff Road deep within Cheddar Gorge, the 20 Mile Circuit of the annual Mercury Mendip Challenge officially begins at the roadside entrance to Black Rock.

This section forms the first half of the complete 20 Mile Route and does not concern anyone walking the 10 Mile Route.

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Mendip Challenge 2016: 30 Mile Route

This is the first post in a series of three that will document the route of the Mercury Mendip Challenge.

In this post, I’ll share only the first ten-miles of the full-distance challenge. It’s worth noting that this section is commonly regarded as being the most challenging and is exclusive to the thirty-mile walk.

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Nyland to Glastonbury (Part 2)

Saturday 7th May 2016

From high up in the Wedmore hamlet of Bagley, we were set to descend to the Somerset Levels after lunch; hoping to escape the intense heat of the afternoon.

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Combwich to Lilstock (Part 1)

Thursday 28th April 2016

On a rare day off from work, where else would I rather be but out walking in the countryside?!

There were two things that made this walk extra special… First; it would be a continuation of the coastal walk that began last summer. Second; I would get to share it with a friend, who also happened to be free on this day.

This is Part 1 of our latest instalment, following the Somerset Coast Path.

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Hewish to Brean

Sunday 20th September 2015

Several weeks have passed since we actually completed this stage in the Somerset Coast Path. At somewhere between fourteen and seventeen miles long, it would become our longest single stretch to date.

Having lost our connection with the coastline at Kingston Seymour in the previous walk, we left the lay-by in Hewish with the aim of leaving the A-roads behind for at least the next twenty miles.

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