April 2018

Sat 21st – Special Interest Walk    Axbridge

 Meet at 11.00am in the car park at Cheddar Reservoir, off Cheddar Road, Axbridge (BS26 2DL). A 4.5 mile walk up the Axbridge hillside, returning past Cheddar Woods to the reservoir to watch the birds (Bring a packed lunch).

At 2.15pm – A ‘Tour of The Square’ by John Page, Chair of Trustees, King John Hunting Lodge and a visit to the Museum.

(Free to National Trust members & £2.50 for others).  The Lamb or The Almshouse Tea Shop off the Square afterwards for refreshments (optional).                    Moderate

Contact: Pauline 01934 820745                                     ST 439 542


Sat 28th – Norton Malreward

Meet at 2.00pm by the lane leading up to Holy Trinity Church. Park considerately in Church Road (BS39 4EX).  A walk of about 5 miles, partly along the Two Rivers Way, with meadows, some hills & views over the Chew Valley.        Moderate

Contact: Roger 01225 872777                                       ST 602 651

May 2018

Sat 5thNo walk today

 Sun 6thWidcombe and Hinton Blewett.

Meet at 2.00pm at Herriotts Bridge lay-by on the A368 at the south end of Chew Valley Lake (BS40 6HN). A 6.5 mile walk that starts with a stiff climb.                              Hard

Contact: Peter 01761 221995                                       ST 570 580

Sat 12th – Wellow and Hinton Charterhouse

Meet at 2.00pm at the Station Road car park, Wellow (BA2 8QB). A 6.5 mile walk that includes two hills.                 Hard 

Contact Martin: 01249 720809                                       ST 738 581

Wed 16th – Wells and Beryl Wood

Meet at 2.00pm by the west door of the Cathedral (BA5 2UA). A 4 mile walk through Beryl Wood.                              Moderate

Contact: Peter 01761 221995                                       ST 550 458


Sat 19th – Westbury Quarry (Note: new start time)

Meet at 9.30 am at the Quarry at Broad Lane / Stancombe Lane, Westbury Sub Mendip (BA5 1HT).  Nigel Taylor will lead walk around this Site of Special Scientific Interest.  (Assistance dogs only)                                               Easy

Contact Richard: 01275 472797                                   ST 504 503


Wed 23rd – Special Interest visit - Ham Wall RSPB Reserve

Meet at 9.00am in the Ham Wall Car Park, Ashcott Road, Meare (BA6 9SX) close to the Railway Inn (£3 charge for all day, free to RSPB members) for a guided walk (finish about midday) with a member of staff to see and hear the huge numbers of birds, some rare, that

now are breeding here. The cost of £4 is payable on the day.                                   Easy

Contact: Judy 01749 672196                                    ST 449 397

This event will be limited to 20 Mendip Society members. Bring binoculars. Please reserve your place by using the RESERVE button below.

Sat 26th – Congresbury, Ball Wood and the River Yeo

Meet at 2.00pm in the car park off Gooseham Mead beside the A370 bridge (BS49 5BX).

A 5 mile woodland and riverside with some climbing.       Moderate

Contact: Richard 01275 852786                                   ST 438 639

June 2018

Sat 2nd – Priddy Ponds

Meet at 2.00pm outside the New Inn (closed) by Priddy Green (BA5 3BB).  A 4.5 mile walk around Priddy including Priddy Ponds.   Moderate

Contact: Clive 01275 848053                                         ST 527 509

Wed 6th – Special Interest Wild flower walk at  Chancellors Farm, Priddy (BA5 3DA)

Meet at 2.00pm

at the farm which is on the B3135 and 1 mile to the west of the Miners Arms B3134 crossroads.

ST 525 525

This still working farm was bought by the Somerset Wildlife Trust many years ago and has an unspoilt historic landscape. 

A walk round the ‘Coronation Meadow’ led by Kate Lawrence. 

If it’s possible on the day we will explore the rough natural landscape of the adjacent firing range. No charge but donations to the SWT welcome. Numbers will be limited to 20 members only so please book with Judith on 01275 874284.  

For overflow numbers we can also go on Sat 23rd June 

Sat 9th - No Walk Today

Sat 16th – Around Paulton. 

Meet at 2.00pm in the High Street car park (Free) opposite the Red Lion Pub (BS39 7NW). A walk of 6 miles, with no major hills for Members only   Moderate 

Contact: Beryl 01761 412045                                         ST 651 566  

Sat 23rd – Special Interest visit to Chancellors Farm   

(Overflow if June 6th overbooked).   Book with Judith on 01275 874284.   

 Sat 30th – Ubley and Compton Martin 

 Meet at 2.00pm in the Ubley Sawmills car park (BS40 6PE). A 5 mile walk with a steep hill.                        Hard
 Contact Martin: 01761 462528                                       ST 528 578

July 2018

Sat 7th – King Castle Fort, Lyatt and Dinder

Meet at 2.00pm at east end of Ash Lane, Well (BA5 2LW).  A 5 mile walk on East Mendip Way over Tor Hill to Dinder and visit to the iron age fort.                          Moderate

Contact Brian: 01749 672457                                       ST 549 464


Wed 11th – Wookey Hole & Ebbor Gorge

Meet at 10.30am in the NT Deer Leap Car Park, Ebbor (BA5 1EL).  A 7 mile walk for Members only.                            Hard

Contact Clive: 01275 848053                                        ST 521 485

Sat 14th – Around Saltford with an optional visit to Saltford Brass Mill 

Meet at 2.00pm in the free car park in the Shallows, Saltford (BS31 3EX). A 4 to 5 mile walk exploring some of the history of the village, then along the banks of the River Avon passing locks and weirs with scenic views to Kelston.                                     Easy Contact: Roger 01225 872777                                  ST 687 672

In the morning walkers may wish to make an optional visit to Saltford Brass Mill, about 100 yards from the car park, 

before taking

lunch at one of Saltford’s riverside pubs. 

The mill, which is being restored by volunteers, dates back to the 1720s. It contains displays and working exhibits. 

It will be open to the public from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. 

Entrance is free. However donations towards the restoration would be appreciated. Allow at least 45 minutes

August 2018

Wed 8th – Holford (in the Quantocks)

Meet 11.00am in the layby on the left as you approach Holford on the A39 (TA5 1SE). A 7 mile walk and bring a picnic. Members only.                  Hard

Contact: Clive Burton 01275 848053                             ST 157 407

Sat 25th to Mon 27th – Mendip Ramblers Bank Holiday Walking Festival

Starting at 10.00am each day there will be 3 walks of 3 to 12 miles and starting at 1.30pm 1 short walk of 3 to 4 miles. All walks will start from Ditcheat Jubilee Hall, Wraxall Road, Ditcheat BA4 6RB       ST 625 363

For detailed information please go to www.mendipramblers.co.uk Tea and cake will be available after each walk, and please don’t forget to make a donation.

Any queries contact Martyn on 01761 471891 or at: martyn@mendipramblers

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