Wayward Wanderers Walking Group

Broadhembury-North Hill

February 15, 2010, prb, Comments: 2

Fine day; excellent walk

The day dawned dry and clear, and soon the sun emerged.  By the time we congregated at the Drewe Arms, it was bright and, even better, since the bitter wind of the previous few days had dropped, it was marginally warmer as well.

All was set fair for an enjoyable afternoon.  And, accompanied by some guests, so it turned out.

Although new to our leaders, this recce walk was well chosen, for it is indeed a rightly popular circuit, and today everything was about as good as it could be.

We set off from Broadhembury's quaint thatched roofs along the road towards Luppitt, and climbed steadily, passing first the straggle of attractive houses on the village edge, and then woodland until we reached the plateau at the top.  Here we left the road and took a track running between the woodland belt that clothes the slope and the fields to our right.  The track followed the contour around a re-entrant in the landform, left the treebelt behind, and shortly after joined the Awliscombe-Blackborough road. 

A short distance along we struck off to the left onto  the drive leading to the Devon & Somerset Gliding Club's field and clubhouse.  Here the gliders were flying and we studied with interest the club's light planes and winching equipment.  The club is very friendly and walkers are welcome to rest and take refreshments in their clubhouse.  Or, to do as we did, sit on their verandah, to catch the day's bright sunlight and replenish our bodies' winter-induced Vitamin D deficiency as far as possible.

One of their members confirmed that the gliding club is happy to give visitors the glider experience, on payment of a quite reasonable fee, and one of our members reminisced about her flights with them a few years previously. 

Refreshed, we ambled along the southern boundary of the glider field to its south western edge where, looking out to the west we took in the expansive views, which the excellent visibility today made especially splendid.
Looking into the field, of course,....

........we could take in the activity at the launch of several planes, ....
......as well as witnessing one or two coming in to land.

When we had seen enough, we went through a gate in the field's boundary and followed the path on the other side.  Before long, however, we realised we were heading north towards Blackborough instead of south west, so we retraced our steps and soon found a cut down through the woods that led us to the track we should have been on. This was a bit muddy, but fortunately we only had to take it for a few yards before the stile signifying our exit showed up. 

The next phase of our route was all downhill, across fields and pasture mostly, ........

......apart from a short stretch through a copse.  Before long we joined a quiet lane, near one or two picture-postcard cottages, which told us our walk was coming to an end.  Past a recreation ground and then we reached the bridge and ford across the River Tale at the bottom end of Broadhembury's main village street.  Pausing first to clean our boots in the gently flowing stream, we turned  to pass between the lovely thatched cottages of this estate village, .........

........and back to the junction by the pub and our cars.

Our thanks go to Bev and Adrian for choosing what will probably be one of the highlights of this year's walking calendar.  With our unintended detour we covered 5.3 miles in all.   The track has been posted on to GPSies.com


Comments: 2

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