Cheddar and the West Mendip Way

Sunday 10th September 2017

2017 marks the eighteen-year anniversary of Brunel Walking Group.

Back in September, our current chairman (David) decided to host a repeat of the group’s first ever walk; a loop beginning in Cheddar that also follows a portion of the West Mendip Way.

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Walking the Brean Down Way

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Earlier this year, a combined footpath and cycle route, known as the Brean Down Way, was opened in North Somerset and now provides a link between the seaside towns of Brean and Weston-super-Mare.

At the time of writing, this is the most appropriate route for coastal walkers passing through Somerset. On this day, I drove down to Brean to explore it for myself.

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Walk Leader Training and Navigation

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th November 2017

I’ve just spent the past few days in Pembrokeshire, towards the south-west of Wales. Last weekend, I crossed the Severn Bridge to attend a walk leader and navigation course in the Brecon Beacons.

View from Mynydd Llangorse.

This is something that Brunel Walking Group organise at this time every year (I was supposed to go in 2013 or 2014 but cancelled) and the course is led by Andy Cummings of Manzoku; an experienced mountain leader, hill walker and climber.

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Big Black Mountains Hike (Part 2)

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

As I reached Pen Trumau, close to the halfway point in this walk, I’d achieved a height of around 700m above sea level.

Waun Fach, the highest point in the Black Mountains range, could be reached by climbing only another 100m or so.

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Big Black Mountains Hike (Part 1)

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

I’ve just spent a weekend in South Wales and I’ll be heading further west for the coming weekend.

Now, I’d like to head back to August and recount a walk I did in the Black Mountains.

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Combwich Coastal Walk

Saturday 26th August 2017

This was one of those occasions where I was looking to do a walk but not entirely certain of where to go and also reluctant to travel too far from home.

I decided upon a fifty-minute drive south to Combwich near Bridgwater. From there, I could revisit a section of coastal walking that I first completed with Anna in 2016. Then, there would be the eyesore.

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Three Peaks Walk: Clutton Completion

Saturday 19th August 2017

In north-east Somerset, there’s a lesser-known sixteen-mile circular trail known as the Three Peaks Walk. It bears no relation to the national challenge and there is no time limit in which to walk the full distance.

I’d previously followed the way around Pensford, Dundry and the Chew Valley several times. But there were a few miles near Clutton that I’d never walked and that was my intention for this outing.

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