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Ramble from the Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil

17th March 2020 (9:15am - 2:00pm)


Hugh Pearce and Malcolm Gulliver are organising this ramble to Nash Lane, Barwick and Summerhouse Hill.

Hugh can be contacterdon 01935 426615 or mobile 07769048725 or Email

The Quicksilver will be open from 09.15 and the walk will start at 09.45, parking is available at the rear.

The walk is approx 5miles, fairly flat with a mixture of lanes and public footpaths. there are 3 stiles to negotiate, one a bit tricky at Barwick and will need caution!!!

It is hoped to return by 12.30 for lunch at 13.00.

Lunches are £6.50 and you have a choice of 

Ham ,Egg & Chips

Butchers Faggots and Vegetables

Chilli Con Carne with Rice

Liver & Onions & Vegetables

Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Sausage ,Egg and Chips

Chicken,Ham and Leek Pie with Vegetables

Chefs Vegetable Stir Fry

Walk from The Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil, 17Th March 2020


Just twenty three members turned out for the walk which was over familiar ground and included a lot of road walking.


After leaving The Quicksilver Mail we walked along West Coker Road as far as Nash Lane, which in turn was followed as far as the entrance to Nash Farm.

Here we turned aside to follow the access road to the farm and then, by the farm entrance, joined a path towards Burton. A short distance down this path, at a path crossway, we again changed our direction to reach Nash Priory.

A mixture of road and path, part of which was very muddy, brought us to Placket Lane and then onwards to Pavyotts Lane and finally the Dorchester Road by Red House.

After crossing this busy road we entered Barwick, by Church Lane, and left by way of Rex’s Lane. Shortly after passing the entrance to Barwick Park we turned into the path known as Long Lane and then, after a brief pause at the folly called “Jack The Treacle Eater” for a group picture, we continued on to reach Two Tower Lane.

The path beyond the lane took us across a field to Swing Gate Cottages and then to the path through Newton Copse, emerging from the copse on the lower slope of Summerhouse Hill.

After crossing the stream at the foot of the hill we walked through the Country Park to the bottom of Hendford Hill and returned to our start point by following the road up the hill.

The walk of nearly six miles was organised and lead by Hugh Pearse and Malc Gulliver.

Sadly, due to the Covid 19 situation, this will be the last walk organised by WRA until we are advised that we can resume our normal activities.

In the carpark at The Quicksilver Mail. Tony Nesbitt briefing on the cancellation of our walks until further notice

On West Coker Road approaching Nash Lane

In the lane leading from Nash Lane to Nash Farm

The lane towards Nash Priory

Walking towards Nash Priory

The front door at Nash Priory

Walking past the front of Nash Priory

One of the muddy patches

Nearing Placket Lane

Climbing up to the folly known as Jack The Treacle Eater

The group standing under the Arch of the folly

The group stood by the south side of the folly

At Jack The Treacle Eater in January 2012

Back another eight years to December 2004 and another group at the folly. There are a few of us in all three pictures, or behind the camera.

Continuing up Long Lane towards Two Tower Lane

On the track into The Round House by Swing Gate Cottages

In Newton Copse looking over to Newton House 

Yeovil from the lower slopes of Summer House Hill 

Members walking down the lower slope of Summer House Hill

We were being watched!

Waiting for lunch and comparing notes on how far we had walked. The consensus was 5.8 miles.