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Ramble from The Windwhistle Inn Chard

14th May 2019 (9:30am - 1:00pm)

The May Ramble has been organised by Tony and Lesley Nesbitt. For info contact Tony/Lesley on 01935 422971 or mobiles 07436 013862 and 07741 402549 or email

The walk will start at 9.30 am and is 5 miles long. The walk is on country roads, lanes, woods and fields

The food is £10 each and a choice of:

Fish and Chips

Steak and Ale Pie


Mushroom Pasta (Veggie)

Thai Red Curry (Vegan)

Walk from The Windwhistle Inn 14th May 2019


Over forty members turned out for this walk which took us from The Windwhistle Inn to Chaffcombe and back, a distance of about five miles.

The walk was organised and lead by Tony and Lesley Nesbitt.

To begin with the walk had to follow a short stretch of the A30, in order to reach the peace and quiet of New Lane. Except for a brief diversion onto a path which took us through fields to the north side of the lane, the lane was followed to it’s junction with the road to Cricket Malherbie. This was crossed to reach Knapps Lane which descended steadily through a wooded area to reach Chaffcombe.

We spent a little time in Chaffcombe, at The Pound, before setting out on the return leg of the walk.

The return route took us up to Whitemoor Hill and on to Lydmarsh Farm.

 At the farm we joined a field path that lead us to Young Copse and across Cricket St Thomas golf course to reach the Cricket Malherbie road. A short walk along this road returned us to New Lane, which was followed back to the A30 and our starting point at The Windwhistle Inn.

The weather was good, sunny but with a cooling breeze and, although we had missed the best of the display of bluebells by a few days, the countryside was looking very lovely. A nice walk.

The next walk is being organised by Pete and Doreen Eastment from The Prince of Wales, on Ham Hill.

Members in the car park at The Windwhistle Inn.

Lesley is sat in the boot of the red car doing the admin.

Walking along the A30

In New Lane. Definately quieter than the A30 and not used as much, judging by the grass growing in the middle of the road.

On the path in the field alongside New Lane

Returning to the lane from the field. It isn't as bad as it looks. It's just that the plants have grown high enough to hide the path.

In Knapps lane, on the descent to Chaffcombe

On the edge of Chaffcombe we found this overshot waterwheel that appears to be coupled to a saw bench.

In Chaffcombe this old phone box is used as an information centre

In the old pound at Chaffcombe

Chaffcombe Parish Church

Walking away from Chaffcombe

The view over Avishays towards Chard

The clock Tower overlooking Avishays. It is also known as the Monmouth Tower. The clock was made by Gillet and Johnson of Croydon and originally installed at Highclere Castle

A nice show of bluebells beside the road

At Lydmarsh Farm admiring some of the cattle and a day old Holstein calf

Climbing a stile on the way to Young Copse

In Young Copse

Karl climbing over the stile out of Young Copse

Getting ready to set off across the golf course

The return journey along New Lane

Changing their boots in comfort

Waiting for lunch