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Looking back at March Walks Part 1, 2001 to 2010

27th March 2021 (12:00am - 12:00am)

 

Looking Back at Walks over the last twenty years

March Walks Part 1 

March officially starts in Winter and ends in Spring but the weather can swing between the two seasons no matter what time of the month it is and we've seen both seasons on our walks.

Over the Winter months we've walked in falling snow but with very little snow on the ground. The only time we have walked through snow on the ground was during one of the more recent March walks from Holton near Wincanton where, on parts of the route, the snow was literally knee deep.

That walk is in March part 2

 

 

March Walks -  Part 1

Year

Date March

Place

Pub

2001

27

Walk Cancelled due to foot & Mouth restrictions

2002

12

Pitney

Half Way House

2003

25

Lower Odcombe

Masons Arms

2004

22

East Lambrook

Rose and Crown

2005

22

Halstock

Halstock Golf Club

2006

28

Middle Marsh

Hunters Moon

2007

27

Charlton Adam

Fox and Hounds

2008

25

Ham Hill

Prince of Wales

2009

24

Butleigh

Rose and Portcullis

2010

30

Stoke Abbott

New Inn

 

 

 

 

2001

I don’t have a note of the planned venue for this walk but it was cancelled due to the restrictions introduced following the spread of foot and mouth disease.

For the next few months we were not permitted to walk over farm land.

2002

This was my first visit to the Halfway House at Pitney. The outside  isn’t impressive and the inside is maybe a little eccentric but, once inside, it’s everything I would hope for in a country pub. Other people must have had the same opinion because, that year, it was voted the best country pub, in a Daily Telegraph survey.

I don’t have a note of the route but from my picture archive it would appear the route took us to Pitney Wood and then towards Low Ham before returning to Pitney.


Waiting outside Halfway House. I seem to have a lot of pictures of our people hanging around outside pubs. I hope they aren’t taken out of context!

I don’t think this is Pitney Harbour but I would be interested to know more about the origins of that storey. I think it’s another one of those jokey things, like Wigan Pier.

This was the first blackthorn I’d seen this year

The group paused near Pitney Wood

Primroses close to Pitney Wood

Pitney Church

Filling the log basket in the bar. The logs were carried in using the wheel barrow visible in the foreground and then some of the logs were split in the bar.

                 Waiting for lunch

2003

We’ve walked from The Masons Arms at Lower Odcombe on at least four occasions, three of them being Christmas walks.

This time the route took us through Montacute Park into Montacute, then towards Batemoor and back to our start by way of Five Ashes.

It was a foggy morning when we met in the car park at The masons Arms


A lovely show of primroses in Donne Lane between Lower and Higher Odcombe

 

This is in Montacute Park. A fence has been taken away leaving  the stile and you climb over it because it’s there.

 

Walking towards Hollow Lane from Batemoor Barn

A pause by Park Lane at five Ashes


One grey head making  friends with another

On Orchard Path

In Lower Odcombe, approaching the end of the walk

In the bar at The Masons Arms

2004

This was the second walk from the Rose and Crown at East Lambrook.

The previous one in October 2002 was one of the wettest walks ever. Fortunately, the present walk was dry.

The route took us to Kingsbury by way of Stembridge and returned following  The Parrett Trail for much of the way.

Leaving the car park of The Rose and Crown

Inquisitive ponies. We seem to meet a lot of horses on our walks and they always make good pictures 


Seen in Stembridge. Whats the reason for that?

A stile and narrow bridge. Many of the bridges we encounter crossing ditches and small water course are quite narrow but we haven't yet had to fish anybody out of the water. Elsie seems to be coping with this one ok.

On The Parrett Trail, near Kingsbury, walking towards Gawbridge

 A Parrett Trail Marker

 

Crossing The Lambrook Brook

Waiting for lunch in The Rose and Crown

2005

This walk was from The Halstock Golf Club. Unfortunately it clashed with a WRA  trip to The Ideal Home Exhibition, which my wife and I went on. I don’t have any pictures or further information on the walk

2006

Walk from The Hunters Moon at Middlemarsh. The route took us to Glanvilles Wootton and then turned back to cross the A 352 to reach Common Wood. After passing through the wood we followed the western edge of Middlemarsh Common to circle back to our starting point.

I was limited to the number of pictures I able to take with the camera I was using so I have included two pictures taken a few weeks before, during the walk preparation.


The walkers in the car park at the Hunters Moon

 We walked over this bridge to cross the Caundle Brook. The date on a plaque in the parapet is 1857.


Sorting out the route a couple of weeks before the walk. Then, the weather was very different to the day of the walk

A very soft patch on the path in Common Wood, due to a spring  

Preparing to cross a stream near Rhymehorn.

Another narrow bridge but this time without the benefit of a handrail.

Roy provided a steadying hand instead.


In Black Wood

2007

Walk from The Fox and Hounds at Charlton Adam. It was a lovely warm day. The route took us northwards to King Weston and beyond towards Barton St David before returning through Charlton Mackrell


In the pub car park John Coyne gave a briefing before we set off

Crossing the Paddington / Taunton railway line near Charlton Adam

The group near King Weston


Black thorn.

On the return leg of the walk in Charlton Mackrell 

Near The Manor House at Charlton Mackrell

By the war memorial between Charlton Mackrell and Charlton Adam

Charlton Adam church

Back at The Fox and Hounds for lunch

2008

Walk from The Prince of Wales on Ham Hill. This time the route took us to Batemoor Barn and down through Witcombe. From here we did a circuit of High Wood, passing close to Bagnell Farm, before returning to our starting point through Norton Covert.

The group outside The Prince of Wales before the start of the walk

One of The Ham Hill country park signs

 

Walking along Butchers Hill near the stone works

At the lower end of the Witcombe valley

Walking along the southern edge of High Wood

 

 

We disturbed a couple of deer and they went to the top edge of the wood. In the picture they are just below the skyline in the centre of the picture.

Overlooking Bagnell Farm

Looking over the Witcombe valley from the edge of Norton Covert towards Batemoor

Back at The Prince of Wales waiting for lunch

2009

We have twice walked from The Rose & Portcullis at Butleigh. This time we walked to Butleigh Monument, overlooking Compton Dundon, then walked down to the village before returning to Butleigh. The weather was good and it was mostly dry underfoot.


Glastonbury Tor seen from the Ceder Walk at Butleigh. This avenue of cedar trees originally stretched from the Hood family home in Butleigh, to the monument to Vice Admiral, Sir Samuel Hood


The Monument seen from Moore’s Wood

Sometimes people think it’s easier to go through rather than over

Another view of Glastonbury Tor, from Windmill Hill


The base of the Hood Monument was undergoing repair. Most people only see the upper part of the monument as they pass by on the way to Street

The view west over Compton Dundon from near the Hood Monument

Descending to Compton Dundon

The walkers

The return leg of the walk involved quite a strenuous climb so refreshments before lunch were very welcome

2010

To my knowledge this is the one and only walk from Stoke Abbott. It took us from Stoke Abbott to Parnham House, just south of Beaminster, then to the edge of Beaminster and back to Stoke Abbott. It was a wet cold day and towards the end of the walk the rain turned to sleet.

Only a few of the walkers tackled the final steep climb over Gerrards Hill. The rest opted for the easier and shorter route along the road into Stoke Abbott.

Stiles always slow proceedings. Here the walkers are waiting their turn to climb over the first stile on the edge of Stoke Abbott.

Heading towards Horsehill Farm

The next stile by Horsehill Farm

Crossing the stream that flowed past Horsehill Farm

In Long Barrow Lane. The return leg of the route was over Gerrards hill, on the skyline.

A complicated set of stiles, with a very muddy patch in between, and then a bridge over the next stream

A pause near Parnham House

The walkers who made it to the top of Gerrards Hill

Back in the warmth of the New Inn at Stoke Abbott

This picture was taken whilst planning the walk. The donkeys lived in a shed at the foot of Gerrards Hill and on the wet and cold walk day they were nowhere in sight.

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