April 2017

(Updated Sunday 7th May, 6.30 pm SFH)

Sunday April 2nd

Winscombe and Crook Peak: Alison Shaw and Suzanne Hadfield. This 9.5 mile walk included views, sunshine, and cake!

Hilda took some lovely photos with commentary.

“Crook Peak: The one with the distinctive conical peak!

This is the highest of the six hills and overlooks the M5 motorway. From here you can take in the fantastic 360° views along the length of the Mendip Hills, across the Somerset Levels and across the Bristol Channel towards Wales.

The only ‘true’ peak in the Mendips, the name ‘Crook’ derives from an old English word cruc which means peak.”

After walking through the Strawberry Line and tunnel…this is the start of the climb to Crook Peak.

Nearly there!….

Highest point monument…

At the very top of “Crook Peak” with a beautiful 360 degree views!
A short coffee break before we reached the top..

Lunch break right at the top of crook Peak

We even had a very short afternoon break with chocolate cake courtesy of one of the walk  leaders, thank you Suzy..
It was a very nice walk on a glorious Day.
Thank you Alison and Suzy.

Thursday 6th April (medium)

Spaniorum Hill, Blaise and Hallen: this was a popular 6.5 mile walk with some new members joining Steve Day. Christine took this lovely photo, which includes Don in the background, in red, drinking – from a flask I am sure!

Sunday 23rd April

Long Ashton to Pensford via Dundry: this had to become a 10 mile walk to allow for Sunday parking, with return by bus. 9 walkers joined Steve Day on an adventure over Dundry. The weather was perfect for walking, dry, calm and not too hot. The parking worked, the buses worked and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Steve, Gordon and Hilda for photos.

Thursday 27th April (short)

Velvet Bottom, Mendips: Dick led 13 of us on a ‘there and back’ walk, missing out the planned climb as time was against us. Dick shared interesting facts about the geological features we were scrambling over, and another walker added some historical details of unknown veracity … Sue H thinks she took the only photos (and she is not the greatest!)

Approaching the lip of a buddle pit



Dick explained that the slight and fairly regularly spaced inclines we were scrambling up (and then down) were relics of lead mining: pits were dug to allow lead ore to be separated from the water feeding Cheddar, probably a better explanation here.





There was one short rest break, nearly everyone was ‘caught’.

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