December Walk: Wednesday 13th December
January Walk: Thursday 25th January 2018

A Walk up Jack and Jill Hill, Kilmersdon

Start: 10am
Distance: 4 miles approx
Meet: the village church next to the Joliffe Arms pub BA3 5TD
Contact: Walk Leaders Rachel and Tony Howe (870661)

This is a walk designed especially for a winter’s day around the area of Kilmersdon and Radstock. Easy walking with no muddy fields or stiles in this rural backwater of Somerset.

The walk starts from the village of Kilmersdon. On leaving the village we make our way up Jack and Jill hill famous for the nursery rhyme. The journey continues along the country lanes past the site of the last colliery to close on the Somerset coal fields.

We skirt the hamlet of Haydon and down the wood-lined lane to the outskirts of Radstock. At this point there will be a comfort break and a warming drink and snack if required. We will then join the old railway path/cycle route on the former North Somerset Railway which ran from Bristol to Frome via Radstock. This will take us along the picturesque valley back to the village of Kilmersdon. En route we will pass the site of the last working industrial rope incline in the United Kingdom.

Terrain: easy going apart from Jack & Jill hill which is a short incline at the very start of the walk.

Lunch will be at the Joliffe Arms, Kilmersdon at approx. 1.00 pm. Menu to be circulated. Please let the walk leaders know if you wish to join this interesting walk no later than Friday 19th January, and menu choices no later than Monday 22nd January.

Parking available in front of the village church next to the Joliffe Arms pub (post code BA3 5TD ) on the B3139- map reference 52/63 Pathfinder Map. (Approximately 35 minutes car ride from Keevil)

History of the Walking Group

Thanks to Ray Ward who started the group almost 10 years ago, and to he and David Bodman who have organised so many walks over the years.

We continue to meet once a month for walks which are always followed by a fabulous pub lunch. Walks vary, usually between 4 – 7 miles, and we pace ourselves to suit the slowest walker, with time to enjoy the views. New members are always welcome!

Full details published in the Village Magazine. For more information contact Tony and Rachel Howe on 01380 870661 or email