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Out and about


Regular walks led by The Mendip Society enable members to keep an eye on what’s happening in the countryside


Stunning views across to


Glastonbury Tor


architectural ‘hook’ in line with the Society’s purpose as a pressure group. “We’re not just about rambling, but regular walks do enable us to see what’s happening ‘on the ground’ in the Mendips,” explains Richard. With most of the membership


aged 50 plus, Richard admits they would love to attract more new members, especially from a younger age group. “Our members do tend to be of a certain age and although we are a very sprightly bunch – many of us can walk 10-12 miles a day – we are actively encouraging more 30-50 year olds to join us. We have recently had a couple of family fun days up at Blackmoor Reserve at Charterhouse,


including pond dipping for the youngsters, with a gentle nature walk – lots of people enjoyed finding out about the old lead mining up there. We were very pleased with the turnout and it attracted lots of younger families, so we know there is interest in our activities.” The first Mendip Hills Walking


Festival is another aspect of the Society’s plans to diversify and stage events that will attract a wide range of people to join in, and hopefully commit to membership. “We have a regular walk in the Mendip Hills on Saturday afternoons for our members and anyone else who wants to join in,” says Richard. “Our


walk leader had been on a walking festival in the Malverns, where she had a wonderful time. She returned home and suggested we did something similar. So, we got all our walk leaders together and devised a programme that included something for everyone, some short walks, a long challenging walk, some heritage walks, something to suit every interest and ability.” The Mendip Hills Walking Festival


offers some real gems, from a classic four-day walk along the Mendip Way for confident and experienced walkers – to moderate walks taking in ‘Pretty Priddy’, ‘Wonderful Wedmore’, Luscious Lyncombe and


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