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Ramble from The Prince of Wales, Ham Hill

18th June 2019 (9:30am - 1:00pm)

The June ramble has been organised by Doreen and Pete Eastment.

They can be contacted on 01935 427293 or mobile 07814886603

Prince of Wales, Ham Hill TA14 6RW

The walk will start at 9.30am.

The walk will take us through wonderful Ham Hill and the surrounding countryside.

A few gates and only 1 easy stile will be encountered on this picturesque walk.

Your meal will cost £10.00, see the organisers for menu details


Walk from The Prince of Wales, Ham Hill, 18th June 2019

We last walked from this venue just over a year ago on a clear and warm day. This time we weren’t as fortunate. It was still warm but throughout the walk there was very light rain that raised the humidity to an uncomfortable level.

Despite the weather, around forty six members turned out for the circular walk that took us to the edge of Montacute, southwards towards Little Norton and then to the War Memorial on the north end of Ham Hill before finishing back at the pub for lunch.

The walk started with a descent of the steps, close to the front of The Prince of Wales, to join The Monarchs Way, which took us along the hill fort banks on the northern face of the hill to Hedgecock Hill Wood. In the wood the line of banks turns away south towards Batemore but we continued on towards Montacute and emerged from the wood, near St Michaels Hill.

After a brief pause to allow everybody to negotiate the stile we turned southwards to climb the slope towards Batemore and came to the Odcombe Road at its junction with Hollow Lane.

We now had to follow the road past Batemore Barns, around the head of Witcombe, to reach Butchers Hill, where we thankfully were able to leave the road.

After crossing Butchers Hill we turned southwards until we again met the hill fort banks. From this point we walked along a path between the banks to once more meet the Odcombe road close to its junction with the road to Little Norton.

At the view point car park we took the opportunity to have a group photograph before continuing on towards the War Memorial. After visiting the memorial the group returned to the pub for lunch.

Thanks to the organisers, Peter and Doreen, for a rather wet but not too strenuous walk of about 4 miles.

The July walk will be from The Rose & Crown at East Lambrook, details for which will be given on The Association website “What’s On” page.

On the point of leaving the car park after a quick briefing

Dropping down the steps from the area in front of

the pub to join The Monarchs Way

Looking back up the slope to the tail end of the group

A recent addition to the various things

to be found around Ham Hill

 In Hedgecock Hill Wood

A view from Hedgecock Hill Wood

looking towards Church Farm in East Stoke

Climbing over the only stile on the walk to leave

Hedgecock Hill Wood 

On the way to Batemore. Note how the walkers are holding their hands.

There were quite a few stinging nettles

lurking in the grass and if you weren't careful

it could be a very uncomfortable experience

Climbing the slope towards the top of

Hollow Lane and Batemore.

View across to Montacute.

The wooded slope to the left is St Michaels Hill.

Just to the right of this the tower of the church is showing above

the trees and a little further to the right the upper part of Montacute

House can be seen amongst the trees.

Having passed Batemore and walked over Butchers Hill the group turned towards the Stoneworks situated near the southern end of the hill.

With the damp and warm weather everything is growing well.

Walking between the banks of the hill fort

Despite the weather everybody looks happy. Just after this picture, when we were close to the pub, a few members opted to return to the pub early rather than walk out to the war memorial. This included me, with aching knees, so there are no pictures of the final part of the walk.

Some of the party waiting for their food