The group was first started in May 2006 with the aim of bringing together everyone who enjoys walking in and around the beautiful Blackdown Hills in the company of other, like-minded people. Since our inauguration, membership has steadily increased to around 70 and the number of walks from 11 to 18 per year. The 2008 programme has walks varying from 3 or 4 miles and up to 8 miles. Therefore some take only half a day and others a whole day with a stop for a picnic lunch. About half of the walks are at the weekend, usually on a Saturday, and the others mid-week, the actual day being variable. During the summer, 2 evening walks have been planned to finish up at a pub for refreshments. Another treat will be a coastal walk from Sea Town car park with a climb up onto Golden Cap. This will be on a Saturday in June and also finish at a nearby hostelry.
Depending on the preference of the walk leader, dogs are sometimes welcome, but this detail is printed on the programme. This also gives details of the walk leader, the starting point, and an indication of the type of walk and difficulties that may be encountered, e.g. steep hills or muddy sections.
You can join the group for a modest annual subscription of £5 per person or, as a visitor, for a cost of £3 per walk. If you are interested in joining or would like to give it a try as a visitor please get in touch with Julie Steed (01823 680787 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gill Thomas (01404 861406 or email@example.com)