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Ramble from The Lamb and Lark Inn Limington

19th March 2019 (9:15am - 1:00pm)

The March ramble has been organised by

Pete White who can be contacted on 01935 840013 or Mobile 07527052619,

and Carol Cooke mob 07580201468, email carolcooke@live.co.uk.

The Lamb and Lark Inn, Limington BA22 8EG

We will meet at 9.15 for the walk starting from the car park of the Lamb and Lark at Limington BA22 8EG. The route is level across fields, lanes and roads and is approximately 5 miles. It may be muddy in places and there are 5 stiles

 

Walk from The Lamb and Lark, Limington 19th March 2019 

To my knowledge this will be the fourth walk we have done from the Lamb and Lark in the last eleven years. However, this one broke new ground by taken us further west, into Ilchester.

The weather was cool with little wind and ideal for walking but in places the ground was very muddy, as you see in some of the pictures.

The walk was organised and lead by Pete White and Carol Cooke.

We left the lamb and Lark on time and walked through Limington village to the Church where we paused for an early group picture. From here the route took us across to Yeovilton weir, and then westwards along the River Yeo to Locombe Bridge. 

After crossing back to the south side of the river we returned to The Mill Stream and joined the paths known as The Monarchs Way and The Leland Trail to follow The Mill Stream for a short distance westwards. We then turned in a north westerly direction to walk to Hainbury Mill where we again crossed The Yeo to reach the B3151. From Hainbury Mill we followed the road into Ilchester, where we re-crossed the Yeo for the last time in this walk, and then left the built up area by way of Back Lane.

We were now again on the route of The Monarchs Way and The Leland Trail which we left at a point just east of Lower Farm, to cross the Mill Stream and reach the Limington to Ilchester road by Honeysuckle Cottage. From here we followed the road through the village, past the church, and returned to our starting point at The Lamb and Lark.

The walk had been about five miles and mostly level. There had been several stiles, some easy and some posing problems for the less agile members of the group.  This had been an interesting and enjoyable walk with a good meal at the end.

Pete delivering his prewalk briefing

Setting off on the walk. It looks as though Pete isn't sure that anyone is following his lead.

The group outside the church. I've tried to count the number of walkers in the group which I made to be 37. That includes me behind the camera, but there people who are camera shy and hide at the back

This stile behind the church is officially classified as a Squeeze stile. I don't think we have to explain why.

At the bottom of the slope down from the church we crossed Squires Bridge. On older maps there is a route from Yeovilton Weir Bridge marked as being lined on either side by trees. This passed over the Mill Stream at Squires Gate, which appears to have been close to the site of the present bridge, and went to Limington House. The only remaining indication of the old alignment are three horse chesnut trees in a line across the

field.

This picture was taken at Squires Bridge in August 2008.

You make recognise some of the walkers

At Yeovilton Weir

Crossing Locombe Bridge. I'm not sure when the old bridge was replaced but the new one appeared sometime between the 2008 and the 2013 walks

The old Locombe Bridge as it appeared in 2008

A rather muddy approach to a bridge on The Monarchs Way / Leland Trail. This is over a spillway controlling the level in The Mill Stream.

Looking back at the walkers approaching the muddy patch by the bridge.

Another muddy patch in a gateway

This stile proved to be the most difficult one on the walk and a small group on this side gave marks for Artistic style and performance in negotiating it. There was a lot of laughter!

An Archimedian turbine producing power near Hainbury Mill

Walking into Ilchester

Re-crossing the river at Ilchester Bridge 

Leaving Ilchester on The Monarchs Way / Leland Trail.

These steps carry the path over the flood bank.

Crossing The Bearley Brook.

Another bridge and stile to negotiate

John finding a way of avoiding a muddy patch

Re-crossing The Mill Stream to reach the Limington to Ilchester road near Honeysuckle Cottage.

Chris greeting the walkers as they returned for lunch

A few of the walkers having a drink whilst they waited for lunch

 

 

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