WEST SOMERSET RAMBLERS
New Year On Ley Hill for Wednesday group
AN INVITATION TO MEMBERS
to the Area AGM at St Mary's Church Centre, Nether Stowey on 18th February 2017.
Sedgemoor Group will lead a walk from the car park starting at 10.30 am returning
around 12.30pm. The centre will be open for those attending to eat their packed
lunches before the meeting at 2.00 pm.
Chris Sidaway Consultant and Practioner in Somerset Culture will present a 45 minute
slide show titled "The worthy and not so worthy of Somerset from the Normans to the
Kate Ashbrook from Central Office who has been a prominent figure in the Ramblers for
a number of years, lobbying MPs at Westminster over various issues concerning
Rights of Way
The areas regularly walked by this Group include Exmoor, the Brendon and Quantock Hills occassionally
the Blackdown Hills. Full details of the West Somerset Group can be found on this website.
The five "Latest Walks" are in a box on the top left; click on the drop down menu "Walks Programme" at
the top then select "Future Walks" and you have details for all published walks. If you need specific
details of a particular walk then contact the walk leader.
Our walks are open to anyone interested, and newcomers are welcome to join us for two or three walks
without commitment to becoming a member. If you would like to know more about walks or
The Ramblers, please ask the Membership Secretary Pam Shambrook (01643 8211370) or contact any
member of the committee through this website via "Contacts" clicking their name and sending them
a message. One important point is that we do not normally cater for unaccompanied young people less
than16 years of age.
Walk times, pace and distances
The normal custom for West Somerset group walks is that actual start times are 15 minutes after
the times shown on the programme to make allowance for latecomers and remote places that are
difficult to find. Many of the West Somerset ramblers are retired and the speed of walks rarely exceeds
2 miles per hour with the Wednesday walks usually slower than this.
Saturday walks are normally between 8 to11 miles but occasional could be longer, usually starting
Wednesday walks are always shorter, 4 to 7 miles with the start time varying.
Leaders do have discretion to vary the length or route of a walk, but this is always explained at the start.
Remember Leaders set a pace to suit the conditions and capability of the party so please do not force
a faster pace. Walkers should stay with or behind the Leader at all times.
Dogs We regret we cannot allow dogs on our walks with the exception of registered assistance dogs
under close control
Terrain The mileage for each walk is indicated in the programme and often the terms ‘hilly’ and ‘muddy’ are
included. It should be noted that the majority of walks in West Somerset will include some ascents and
will be muddy after a period of rain.
Clothing Most walks cover rough country, so it is essential to wear stout footwear even in summer, and to
carry windproof and waterproof clothing.
Refreshments Always bring a packed lunch on Saturday walks and most important an adequate supply
of fluids. Some of the Wednesday short walks also state ‘bring lunch’.