Saturday, 2 January 2016

Walk: Worlds End Pub Walk

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to get more active. I definitely increased my activity levels in 2015 but I want to make more of a commitment in 2016 by going out more frequently. The idea of going to a gym or exercise classes really does not appeal but I do really love going out in the fresh air for a walk, and the bonus is that apart from a pair of walking boots, it is completely free!

My first walk this year was a circular walk from the World's End pub in West Buckland, Somerset and is available to download from their website (bottom left hand side). 

The World's End Pub Walk
Terrain: Mostly quiet country lanes and (muddy) fields - some gentle undulation.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Time taken: 1hr 30 minutes

This walk quickly takes you away from the busy A38 onto a quiet country lane past the back of the orchards of Sheppey's Cider Farm and into farmland. We spotted what I think was a kestrel perched high in one of the apple trees.

The route then takes you across a footbridge into a wet and muddy field (walking boots a necessity when it has been raining). Soon after this, we were led somewhat astray by the written walk instructions which have clearly been superceded by a new public footpath {at point 2, follow the public footpath signpost to the top left corner of the field rather than the route between the hedge and fence}. Then as you emerge through the gate you turn immediately left onto the farm track.

The Highlights: The abundance of mistletoe growing in one of the orchards was a lovely sight, as was the dark fern lined cutting on the last leg of the walk. At one point you have a great view over the area and up to the Blackdowns and Wellington Monument.

We resisted the temptation to spoil our good work with lunch in the pub, but had it been a frosty day, I think I may have had to give in to a bowl of soup!

Love Mrs Jones x

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