The Somer Valley Walking Festival enters its third year in 2018.   Highlights to look out for are provided here along with a look back at the 2017 Festival.

On Friday, 14th September 2018 there will be 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.

On Saturday 15th September, there will be short walks around Radstock, Westfield and Paulton plus a walk from Peasedown St John to Priston to visit the Priston Folk Festival.

Sunday 16th will see four longer walks of between six and fifteen miles from various venues plus a Nature Walk from Shoscombe led by the Cam Valley Wildlife Group.

All the walks are free, but there will be a £3 entry charge for the talk.  We will update you on the Walks pages, once the details are finalised and bookings are open.

To whet your appetite we asked the organisers to look back at the 2017 Festival.

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.”