This page highlights previous year’s Somer Valley Walking Festivals. For 2019 – please go here.
The Somer Valley Walking Festival 2018.
Featured a talk on The Romans in the Somer Valley, given by Stephen Clewes of Bath & NE Somerset Council’s Heritage team at the Radstock Museum.
The Saturday featured short walks around Radstock, Westfield and Paulton plus a walk from Peasedown St John to Priston to visit the Priston Folk Festival.
Sunday saw four longer walks of between six and fifteen miles.
The Somer Valley Walking Festival 2017.
Following a wet week in the run up, the clouds lifted on Saturday and walkers left from Midsomer Norton, Westfield and Paulton to visit local viewpoints and beauty spots.
There were short walks from Radstock Museum looking at the industrial heritage of the town and of Haydon. These were inspired by a talk on Friday night by Denis Chedgy at the Radstock Museum to a capacity audience.
Sunday saw good numbers set out on the two long walks. A 12 mile circuit of the Somer Valley visited Woodborough, Peasedown, Clandown, Paulton and Timsbury. An 8 mile route incorporated a visit to the Somerset Coal Canal at Paulton where Adrian Tuddenham from the Canal Society explained the restoration work that had been done and was planned for the future. There were also two shorter walks to Ammerdown and around Radstock.
Amateur artists also participated in an Art Walk around Radstock and an innovation this year was an Introduction to Geocaching based at Peasedown St John.
John Bull, Chair of the Steering Committee commented – “It was good to see a healthy turnout for our second Festival. One of our purposes is to make the attractiveness and heritage of the Somer Valley better known and it was gratifying that some walkers came from outside the immediate area. Our thanks go to the volunteers who led the walks, all who helped with registration and teas and to our sponsors, Radstock and Westfield Big Local, Peasedown Parish Council, Paulton Parish Council, Radco and our partner Bath and NE Somerset Council.”