2012: Butcombe Brewery Trail

The BUTCOMBE BREWERY TRAIL is a 47 mile circular pub-to-pub trail launched in April 2007, in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in West Mendip .The club walked the trail over 6 days in the summer of 2012 (1st leg in June and then 5 legs on successive days in August). Our thanks go to the Three D’s – Don Walter, David Hayes and Dick Dennett for initiating, planning and then leading the walks for us.

Below is a pictorial record of the walk with the photos being the work of Gordon Wise (the majority) and John Goulding .Many thanks to both of them.

LEG 1 The Ring O’Bells, Hinton Blewett to the Queen Victoria, Priddy, 8.9 miles

Sunday 3rd June 2012, 12 walkers. Leader: Don Walter

The group gather at the start of the walk at Hinton Blewett
The group at the end of the walk at The Queen Victoria, Priddy

LEG 2 The Queen Victoria, Priddy to The Lamb, Axbridge, 7.75 miles

Sunday 19th August 2012, 19 walkers. Leader: Dick Dennett

Group having lunch above Cheddar as cows and large bull show interest!
‘Brave’ walkers take cover behind gate as cows and bull occupy lunch area !
Group having drinks break at side of Cheddar Lake
Destination for the day – The Lamb at Axbridge !

LEG 3 The Lamb, Axbridge to the Queen’s Arms, Bleadon, 8.4 miles

Monday 20th August 2012, 17 walkers. Leader: David Hayes

Welcome drinks stop on Wavering Down
Drinks stop on Wavering Down above the Somerset Levels
Lunch stop close to Crook Peak
Group enjoying a well earned drink at the end of the walk at the Queen’s Arms, Bleadon

LEG 4 The Queen’s Arms, Bleadon to The Swan, Rowberrow, 9.25 miles

Tuesday 21st August 2012, 17 walkers. Leader: Don Walter

Lunch stop on route to Rowberrow (notice it is dry weather!)
Four Ladies what lunch!
Walk Leader and Chairman looking confused!
Weather turns very nasty near Winscombe!
Drying out in the Swan at Rowberrow at end of the walk

LEG 5 The Swan, Rowberrow to The Ring O’ Bells, Compton Martin, 8.75 miles

Wednesday 22nd August, 2012, 13 walkers. Leader: David Hayes

Lunch stop near Dolebury Warren
Group crossing the mud of Black Down very carefully!
Group nearing the end of walk above Compton Martin
View looking down on Compton Martin and across to Blagdon Lake
Group waiting for the ‘Car Shuffle’ drivers to arrive outside the CLOSED (!) Ring O’Bells at Compton Martin

Leg 6 The Ring O’Bells, Compton Martin to The Ring O’Bells, Hinton Blewett, 4.1 miles

Thursday 23rd August 2012, 18 walkers. Leaders: Dick and Jenny Dennett

Group (of 18 !) await their turn at a stile near West Harptree
View of Chew Valley Lake from Prospect Stile
Chairman (on right) and Walks Organiser (centre) begin the presentations and Vote of Thanks at the Ring O’Bells, Hinton Blewett after the walk and the meal.
Butcombe Trailers listening politely to the presentation .
Group at end of walk presentations with ace ‘car shuffler’ John Andrews in the centre
SLR legend and local hero David Hayes with his certificate!
Final leg walk leaders Jenny and Dick Dennett (and others) at Ring O’Bells
Don receiving his own well earned Walk Completion Certificate

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