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A well earned rest with splendid views

OUR PICK OF THE PROGRAMME The Mendip Hills Walking Festival runs from 27 – 30 September and includes a range of walks for varying abilities. We’ve suggested a few of our top easy walks from the programme, but you can see the complete list of events and book your place online at: or call 0845 409 2951. Advance booking is recommended for all walks to avoid disappointment as many events have limited places available. For more information about joining the Mendip Society, visit:

Axbridge Medieval Town Tour, Friday 27 September, 10.30am & 2.30pm

‘Blooming Burrington’. There are easy town-based walks focusing on the heritage of places like Frome and Axbridge, and a short walk through the old Somerset Coalfield, perfect for rail and mining enthusiasts. It’s a great opportunity for people

to have a go at more serious walking, with an experienced guide on hand to ensure you have a safe and fun outing. For many people, map- reading skills have fallen into decline thanks to a reliance on modern sat navs and smart phones (although as Richard says there’s often no signal when you get 50 yards from the car park!), so there can be a perceived barrier to walking in the countryside. “It’s just a psychological barrier,” says Richard. “People think they need an expensive pair of boots and all the ‘right’ gear, and I think this applies to lots of hobbies. But there are very easy walks to start with that are still full of interest. One of these is the Strawberry Line, and this is the walk I’m leading during the Festival on Monday 30 September. It’s an ideal introduction – with around 5-7 miles of level walking, plus lots of stops to discover the local history and geology. It’s a lovely social, interesting excursion that will be accessible to most people.” WL

16 Wells Life

Meet in front of The Hunting Lodge, Axbridge Square. Max. 20 people per tour. Includes entry to King John’s Hunting Lodge and tour of nearby local points of interest. £10.

Wells Cathedral High Towers Tour, Saturday 28 September, 10am

A unique opportunity to explore parts of the Cathedral normally closed to visitors. Two tours will run, with a maximum of 12 people per tour, lasting two hours. Note: there are narrow area points of 14 inches and 250 steps. Not recommended for those with poor health. Suitable footwear only. No children under 10 years. Meet on The Green in front of Cathedral at 9.50am. £10.

Frome Town Heritage Walk, Sunday 29 September, 2pm Limited to 25 people This tour is led by Alister McLeavy of the Heritage Society and explores the history and architecture of this interesting old market town. £8.

‘Over the hill and far away’, led by the Mendip Society President Les Davies MBE, Sunday 29 September, 10.30am A moderate five-mile circular walk led by the Society’s president with delightful and colourful commentary, along the northern scarp of Mendip with views of both the Yeo and Chew Valleys. Followed by a pub lunch at the Ring O’ Bells at Compton Martin. £5.

The High Towers tours offers a bird’s eye view of the city’s main attractions

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