The Footpaths Group endeavours to walk the designated footpaths of Clevedon every few years to ensure that they are in a good state. As well as this serious purpose, our lively and sociable group meet to walk once or twice a month in our beautiful surrounding countryside. The walks range from 3 to 5 miles and vary in difficulty. We meet at a planned point for each walk including the Strode Road Car Park (SRCP) from where we lift share to our starting point. Walks usually finish with a pub lunch.
Walks are planned by members at quarterly meetings with any other matters that might arise. New members always receive a warm welcome and all members are informed of the nature of the walk and any hazards which may be encountered along the way. Walks are advertised here on the Civic Society’s website and also in the North Somerset Times, complete with the leader's telephone number.
We look forward to you walking with us.
Chair, Footpaths Group
14 Members took part in a Footpath Walk in the west of Long Ashton, on a bright, sunny day, with a gentle to moderate breeze providing a moderating effect on the prevailing temperature.
Starting at the Long Ashton Community Centre, the group walked through Andrée Peel Park, named after the French Resistance worker who married a local man after the War. After a short walk through a modern housing estate and along the Weston Road, the route then went up a lane and across the fields to the rear of Gatcombe Farm to Gatcombe Mill and a valley to its rear, where a short break was taken. This area is known locally as ‘Seven Streams’, but disappointingly due to the weather this summer, not a trace of water was to be seen.
Resuming the walk, the group them climbed up past Kingcott Farm to the woods on the hill behind and thence back along the forest track to the Community Centre start point.
Lunch after the walk was taken at the ‘Greedy Goose’ café at Gatcombe Farm.
Six members met for a walk across the fields to the south of the town. It coincided with a need to take a look at the description of ‘Southern Fields’ for a reprint of the Civic Society ‘Ten Clevedon Walks’ booklet. The walk went well despite much use of secateurs to clear brambles and despite finding one field had been planted with a crop of maize thus requiring a detour.
The return after a couple of hours was made along the coast via a path off Lower Strode Road. It was agreed that this pleasant alternative to a walk back along the road could be recommended in the revised booklet.
All this made for a useful as well as a pleasant late summer stroll.
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A ‘Grand Day Out’
Gradually we gathered in the sunshine at Yatton station on our way to walk the Bath Skyline. There was a lot of excitement and Carol said it reminded her of leading school trips.
We walked through Bath, stopping to admire the architecture, the golden-brown trees and in general the beauty of the whole scene. Our leader read from the guide leaflet and the group gathered round in awe, or was it to keep out of the cold? There was a sharp wind when out of the sunshine.
Having walked and gazed for about 40 minutes we reached the Holburne Museum for a welcome refreshment break. Then it was up through the park to the canal. The bridges are particularly fine and as we followed the canal everyone was in high spirits.
From there we took the long climb to the top of Bathwick Hill where the whole splendour of Bath was laid out before us. During our way down, we were amazed to see so much open countryside. We marvelled at the ‘rare breed’ sheep and took a wide berth of the young, frisky cattle. We retraced our steps part of the way, via the canal, including the canal pond, to descend to North Parade.
Just before the centre we stopped off at an excellent Tapas restaurant. Then it was back to Yatton and tea for some, in the Strawberry line café. All declared it to be a ‘Grand Day Out’, combining history, buildings and countryside with fun and jolly conversation.