West Somerset Ramblers
Westonbirt trip, October 2018
The Christmas Quiz answers are now available under the Articles tab!
The Booking form for the West Somerset Ramblers Holiday, March 2019 is now available. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book your place now! (The form can also be found under the Articles tab above).
A print version of our Winter 2018-19 Walks Programme is now available under the Walks tab above.
The areas regularly walked by this Group include Exmoor, the Brendon and Quantock Hills and occasionally the Blackdown Hills. Full details of the West Somerset Group can be found on this website.
The next seven walks are displayed in a box on the top left. For more information about our walks, including maps and print versions of our programme, click on the drop down menu "Walks" at the top. If you need specific details of a particular walk then contact the walk leader.
Our walks are open to anyone interested, and newcomers are welcome to join us for two or three walks without commitment to becoming a member. If you would like to know more about walks or The Ramblers, please ask the Membership Secretary, Pam Shambrook (01643 821370) or contact any member of the committee through this website via "Contacts" clicking their name and sending them a message. One important point is that we do not normally cater for unaccompanied young people less than16 years of age.
Walk times, pace and distances
The normal custom for West Somerset group walks is that actual start times are 15 minutes after the times shown on the programme to make allowance for latecomers and remote places that are difficult to find. Many of the West Somerset ramblers are retired and the speed of walks rarely exceeds 2 miles per hour with the Wednesday walks usually slower than this.
Saturday walks are normally between 8 to11 miles but occasionally could be longer, usually starting at 10.15am.
Wednesday walks are always shorter, 4 to 7 miles, usually starting at 10.00am.
Leaders do have discretion to vary the length or route of a walk, but this is always explained at the start.
Remember Leaders set a pace to suit the conditions and capability of the party so please do not force a faster pace. Walkers should stay with or behind the Leader at all times.
Dogs We regret we cannot allow dogs on our walks with the exception of registered assistance dogs under close control
Terrain The mileage for each walk is indicated in the programme and often the terms ‘hilly’ and ‘muddy’ are included. It should be noted that the majority of walks in West Somerset will include some ascents and will be muddy after a period of rain.
Clothing Most walks cover rough country, so it is essential to wear stout footwear even in summer, and to carry windproof and waterproof clothing.
Refreshments Always bring a packed lunch on Saturday walks and most important an adequate supply of fluids. Some of the Wednesday short walks also state ‘bring lunch’.
Have a look at the Exmoor Events calendar under the Links tab for other guided walks in the area.