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Somer Valley Walking Festival

18 September 2016 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

There are six walks available – one for all ages and abilities; an art walk; three walks of medium length (6 – 8 miles) and a longer walk of 13 miles – further details below:-

Family Walk and Treasure Hunt:  Something for all the family to enjoy!  Start at Radstock and use the Norton-Radstock and Five Arches Greenways to reach the Somerset & Dorset Railway Station and Silver Street Local Nature Reserve on Silver Street in Midsomer Norton BA3 2EY (open 10am – 4pm).  The route is around 4 miles there and back but you can do all or part it at your leisure.  To collect your Treasure Hunt and free Goody Bag*, register at the Foyer of the Radstock Co-operative (car park side) 3 Wells Road, Radstock BA3 3RQ between 10am and 2pm.  (*Goody bags available while stocks last!) This route is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Guided Walks

These circular walks start and end at the Victoria Hall in Radstock and will include a morning and lunchtime break so that you can enjoy your own

Art Walk:  Led by local artist, Terry Bridgeman, this gentle walk will take you no further than 2 – 3 miles from Radstock.  Terry finds inspiration for his own art work in the foliage, trees and landscape of the Somer Valley.  Let him inspire you on this walk which will have opportunities for sketching/painting.  Participants should bring their own art materials and refreshments.

Length:  2-3 miles – some hills and uneven terrain.  Duration: Up to 4 hours 

Walk 1:  Radstock – Tyning –Shoscombe – Foxcote – Lower Writhlington – Radstock

Led by the Mendip Ramblers, this walk will take you from Radstock via the Tyning, with its soil heap a reminder that coal mining was once a key industry in the region.  View the colliery sites still evident on both sides of the Wellow valley before going on to Shoscombe, Single Hill and Foxcote.  The walk will return to Radstock along the valley bottom, joining part of the old Somerset & Dorset railway line.

Length:  6.1 miles – some hills and uneven terrain.  Duration:  3.5 hours

Walk 2:  Radstock – Kilmersdon- Babington – Charlton – Radstock

Led by the Mendip Ramblers, this walk will take you from Radstock along the Colliers Way, past its different varieties of apple trees planted at the former track side, to reach Kilmersdon with its fine church tower.  The walk passes through the grounds of Babington House where the tiny St Margaret’s chapel can be seen before returning to Radstock across quiet farmland and through Waterside.

Length:  6.6 miles – some hills and uneven terrain.  Duration:  4 hours

Walk 3:  Radstock – Clandown Bottom – Cam Valley – Withy Mills (Paulton and Timsbury Basin) – Camerton – Woodborough – Radstock

Led by the Norton Radstock Ramblers, on this walk you will discover Camerton’s Roman Villa; take in part of the Limestone Link; explore a nature reserve and view the recently excavated lake at Woodborough.  There will also be a talk at Paulton and Timsbury Basin about the Somerset Coal Canal.

Length:  7.8 miles – some hills and uneven terrain.  Duration:  Up to 5 hours

Walk 4:  Radstock – Woodborough – Camerton – Tunley – Timsbury – High Littleton – Paulton – Radstock

Led by the Norton Radstock Ramblers, on this walk you will discover
woodland, streams and evidence of the region’s industrial heritage in the form of coal spoils (batches); disused railways and the Somerset Coal Canal. There are a couple of steep climbs out of the valleys of the Wellow and Cam Brooks but a chance to catch your breath and admire the spectacular views at the top!

How to Join In!

For all the guided walks, you need to register.  You can do this on the day at Victoria Hall; Church Street, Radstock BA3 3QG from 9.30am.  All the guided walks will leave at 10.00am.

Places are limited to 40 on Walks 1 – 4, so if you wish to book in advance, you can do so by calling 01225 396427/ 396539 or emailing

For the Family Walk and Treasure Hunt, register at the Radstock Co-operative (Radco) – 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.

Parking:  All guided walks will start and end in Radstock.  The Town has free parking at Waterloo Road and Church Street car parks, which are

unrestricted on a Sunday.  In addition, Radstock Co-operative has kindly agreed to allow those taking part in the festival to use their car park but you must provide your car’s registration number if you intend to park here for more than 3 hours.  You can do this at the registration point in the store’s foyer, or when registering at the Victoria Hall for the guided walks.

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.

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