Somer Valley Walking Festival

15th - 17th September, 2017

Radstock Museum and Mining Wheel

This weekend will see the second annual walking festival that encouraged locals and visitors to explore the Somer Valley.  Last year, over 150 people came along to celebrate the birth of this event which we hope will become a regular fixture in people's diaries. 

Friday 15th September, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Somer Valley – Its Social & Industrial Past Talk

Once again, Radstock Museum will host an introductory talk about the area from local historian, Dennis Chedgy.  In an enhanced version of last year’s talk Dennis will describe, with illustrations, the heritage of the Somerset Coalfield & its social life. For further details or to book a place call The Museum on 01761 437722. Walkers and non walkers are all welcome.

Saturday 16th September

Saturday will play host to a number of short walks from various locations around the Somer Valley. Simply turn up at the start point and register to join. Or, if you want to guarantee you place on the walk, please email us at Tryactive@bathnes.gov.uk to register in advance.

From Paulton Hub, High Street, Paulton BS39 7QG:

10am - Local walker leaders Anne Lyons & Jackie Woodland will lead this easy to moderate walk of 1 to 1.5 hours to the Arnhem Memorial, scene of the glider crash in WW2, just outside Paulton Village.

2pm  - Anne and Jackie will be back to lead a moderate walk of 2 to 2.25 hours to Greyfield Woods, a celebrated beauty spot.

From the green in front of The Hollies/Sainsbury’s, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2PD:

10am - Sonja Wilmink and Mike Bell will guide walkers on a steady 3 to 3.5 mile walk east out of Midsomer Norton. The route will take the group up to Folly Hill where walkers can admire the attractive views over the surrounding countryside & then back via Riverside.

2pm - Sonja and Mike will be back to lead a 3 to 3.5 mile level walk along the Greenway cycle path to Radstock Road & back.

2pm - Ken Tatem, formerly of the Environment Agency, will lead a one-hour walk looking at the flood defence system he helped to install in the town & seek to answer the question ‘Will Midsomer Norton Flood Again?’

From the shops at Elm Tree Road, Westfield, BA3 3SX:

2pm - Local Parish Councillor Geoff Fuller will lead a 4 mile circular walk around the village of Westfield, visiting interesting landmarks of this former coalfield village.

From Radstock Museum , Waterloo Road, Radstock, BA3 3EP:

2pm - A choice of two short walks, one taking you to the outlying village of Haydon (3 miles) & the other around the centre of Radstock itself (half a mile), looking at its historical past & modern regeneration.

From the Beacon Hall, French Close, Peasedown St John, BA2 8SN:

2pm Kathy Thomas will lead an introductory talk and Geocaching walk. Spend 15mins learning about Geocachingand the set off around the parish land locating some geocaches & planting a new one.  Back to Beacon Hall for tea and cake.  No previous experience is necessary but a smart phone with a geocaching app would help.

Sunday 17th September

Family Walk & Treasure Hunt; Radco Foyer (car park side), BA3 3RQ:

10am-12noon Pick up your goody-bag & map at Radco & enjoy this 4 mile self-led walk along the Greenway & back.  The route ends at Midsomer Norton South Station where you are invited to join in their steam weekend. Visit the Somerset & Dorset Railway Station website for more details.

Circular guided walks from Radstock Working Men’s Club, The Street, Radstock, BA3  3PR:

For the longer guided walks, please arrive from 9.30am for a  prompt departure at10am. You can also pre-register for these walks by emailing Tryactive@bathnes.gov.uk

Walk 1 A 12 mile (7 hour) route with some challenging climbs & uneven terrain taking in Clandown, Paulton, Timsbury, Midsomer Norton & Radstock. Visit the remains of coal mines, the site of a Roman villa, a
medieval field system, & a walk beside the Somersetshire Coal Canal. Don’t forget a packed lunch!
Led by Tessa Wyatt

Walk 2 An 8 to 9 mile (6 hour) circular walk leaving Radstock along the Colliers Way & on to the boundary of Peasedown St John & the site of Woodborough Mansion. Taking in Camerton & the Limestone Link, we will be joined by a member of the Somersetshire Coal Canal Society who will walk with us to Paulton Basin explaining the past, present & future plans.  We will return to Radstock via Paulton and The Fosseway.
Led by Kathy Thomas

Walk 3 A 6.5 mile (3 hour) walk to Ammerdown via Terry Hill. Some hills and uneven terrain. Led by Mike Ryemill & Beryl Howe.

Walk 4 A 4 mile  (2 hour) walk from Radstock, taking in Tyning, the former Somerset and Dorset railway line & Clandown (remains of the Fosseway, Roman Road).
Led by Rose Rogers.

Art Walk A gentle stroll round Radstock, led by local artist Frank Reeves, with opportunities for sketching the historic centre of the town. Up to 2 miles, lasting 2 to 2.5 hours. Please bring your own art materials.

How to Join In!

Places are limited on the guided walks, so if you wish to book in advance, you can do so by calling 01225 396427 or emailing Tryactive@bathnes.gov.uk

For the Family Walk and Treasure Hunt, register at the Radstock Co-operative (Radco) between 10am and 12pm – details with the walk information.

Children:  Those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on all the walks

Dogs:  Well behaved dogs, under close control, are welcome but for the guided walks, must be put on a lead when requested by the walk leader or back/middle markers.

What should I wear/bring? 

For all the walks, appropriate footwear should be worn.  For the longer, led walks, walking shoes or sturdy trainers are recommended.  Don’t forget to dress for changes in weather with layers and waterproofs.  Trekking poles for longer walks are optional.  There will be breaks on the guided walks, so do take along any drinks or snacks you may need for these and water to keep hydrated.  If it’s sunny, you may need a hat and sunscreen. If you would like to bring your own OS map, you will need Explorer 142.

With Thanks

The event organisers would like to thank all the walk leaders and other volunteers who have made this event possible and also to our partners and sponsors: Bath and North East Somerset Council, The Ramblers, Radstock Cooperative Society, Radstock and Westfield Big Local , Peasedown St John Parish Council and Paulton Parish Council.

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