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. This year's schedule will soon be announced, but see our summary of last year's event below.

Radstock Museum hosted an introductory talk about the area from local historian, Dennis Chedgy.  Dennis took the audience on a virtual walk through time from Roman occupation to the industrial heritage of the Somerset Coalfield, taking in the social history of the local area and the development of its farming; churches, pubs, shops and community venues along the way.

Railway and wildflowers

The weather was kind on Sunday 18th September which enabled Mendip RamblersNorton Radstock Ramblers and Terry Bridgeman to guide participants through a variety of walks that explored all that Dennis introduced the night before. 

Somerset & Dorset Railway Station and Silver Street Local Nature Reserve were the end point for the festival's treasure hunt which saw a number of families out searching for the local treasures that are abundant in The Somer Valley.

If you weren't able to make it this year but would like to hear about future events, please email

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