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Mendip and Somerset on foot


The Mendip Society has announced the programme for its first ever Mendip Hills Walking Festival from 27 – 30 September, says LINDSEY HARRAD


a pressure group,” says Mendip Society publicity officer Richard Frost. “The Society started in 1965 as an environmental group, founded to react against what we considered to be a blight on the landscape, as there were plans afoot to extend the existing quarry at Bleadon Hill. A lot of people were muttering


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into their pints of beer about the plans, but eventually one person suggested actually doing something about stopping it. About 250 people got together in a village hall and


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e’re ‘ramblers with a purpose’ as we do consider ourselves to be


Rambling in the Mendips


decided to oppose the quarry extension. Back then it was the start of the green movement that was gathering pace nationally at that time and becoming something of a political force. The group’s efforts were successful – but then the Society continued as a self-titled ‘guardian’ of the countryside, with members committed to doing what we can to preserve it.” Today, the Mendip Society has


around 500 members, and operates a year-round programme of events and activities, from regular walks to guest speakers and excursions to places of interest, with most activities having some historical, geological or


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