Awliscombe Amblers

We were formed in 1994 from a chance remark by the Young Wives. They wanted a walk. Brian Marshall took up the challenge. The rest is as they say..history.
We try to meet each month on the 4th Sunday, usually in the Parish Hall car park around 11:00 to 11:30. Walks are normally led by Brian but others some times do this honour. We’re a friendly lot and usually double upon cars. Walks are normally 5-7 miles with a stop for lunch.

For more information please contact Brian Marshall 01404 41778

 

Kenton and the Exe Valley 26th June 2011

Five members of the Amblers, journeyed to Kenton this month to start a 6 mile walk toward Starcross and Mamhead. A reconnoiter on Saturday revealed a private access track through woodland that required a 1/2 mile diversion. Sunday started with a drifting sea mist passing through the Exe estuary and by our lunch break, on the edge of Warboro Plantation, the mist began to clear in places, providing us with a fine vista across the estuary to Woodbury Common.

Setting off refreshed, we followed a network of bridleways and green lanes, accompanied by a gentle breeze and the solitary sound of sky larks high above, the walk was becoming a memorable one. We emerged on the edge of Mamhead Park where a fine group of stone farmbuildings were being restored. We were shaded from the hot sun by the Park woodland, particularly as we entered Black Forest that culminated with a footpath across large cornfields, and Kenton Church in the distance, a landscape not out of place in France.  A large flock of sheep were being gathered off the higher ground at Helwell Farm as we arrived on the outskirts of Kenton and back to the Country Store, just in time for tea.

 

Castle Neroche 29th May 2011

The forecast was cool, cloudy and with a medium risk of rain. Well, they just got it wrong! In fact it was warm, with blue sky, white clouds, sunshine and a cooling breeze when 12 members of the Awliscombe Amblers, led by Brian Marshall set off from Castle Neroche (N.E. Blackdowns about 15 miles NE of us here) to do a circular 6 miles (or so) moderate to easy route overlooking and into the Vale of Taunton.

It was easy going (down hill) for the first 2 miles through the castle plantation and skirting Midleroom Wood before we stopped for an early lunch overlooking Bickenhall Plain   where one member was heard to say that the cucumber in her sandwiches was from her own garden, and could anyone match it. No. Brian also remembered (unlike last month) to bring Zeb’s lunch. No need to go begging this time Zeb!

After lunch we walked north. We heard cuckoo(s), saw a skylark and all but one of us (no doubt we were talking too much) missed the yellow hammer and we met two very friendly donkeys. At the Staple Fitzpaine road we avoided the head high stinging nettles on the footpath on the opposite side of the road by walking the road and picking up the planned southern running footpath further west.

It’s now that things started to get interesting for the next mile. While the views across the Vale of Taunton were stunning, these comments on the terrain say it all…’this is like a marine assault course’ and ‘why do they make such high stiles for little legs’ and as we sat and rested near Lane End Farm ‘ I’m never going to get up again!’

We made the final uphill assault on Castle Neroche along green lane tracks (you may recall that the first two miles was a slow decent). We all made it safely back to the cars and agreed that the walk was not really that difficult, it was very enjoyable and the company was perfect. Thank you Brian for a great afternoon walk.