• Orchard Training Workshop SOLD OUT

    Orchard Training Workshop SOLD OUT

    Stogursey Victory Hall

    Saturday 25 February 2017, 09:30 (6.5hrs )

    Do you have an orchard or are you thinking of planting one? Want to know more about how to plan, plant and maintain it, then book on our introductory workshop with Somerset orchard expert Neil MacDonald. 

    The workshop will introduce you to the skills required to restore/plan, plant, and maintain an orchard. The day is offered at an incredible £10 and includes lunch and a practical hands on tuition in the afternoon

    Places are limited and priority is given to communities in the affected area of Hinkley Point C (Broomfield, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Durleigh, East Quantoxhead, Enmore, Fiddington, Goathurst, Holford, Kilve, Nether Stowey, Otterhampton, Over Stowey, Spaxton, Stogursey, Stockland Bristol, Stringston, Watchet, Wembdon, West Quantoxhead, Williton) Delivered by Quantock Hills AONB Service on belalf of West Somerset Council. 

  • Quantock Explorer Walk - Fyne Court to Cothelstone

    Quantock Explorer Walk - Fyne Court to Cothelstone

    Fyne Court car park, Broomfield TA5 2EQ

    Wednesday 10 May 2017, 10:00 (5hrs)

    The Quantock Explorer Walks are a series of guided walks led by specially trained Quantock Volunteer Rangers to help you better explore the Quantock Hills.

    Quantock Volunteer Rangers John & Don will take you on a strenuous walk of some 10 kilometres (6 miles) starting at Fyne Court and going to the summit of Cothelstone Hill.
    The walk will go through woodlands, fields and open hilltop and for short distances along some lanes.

    Depending on the weather there will be fine views towards Devon and Dorset in the south, and over the Bristol Channel to South Wales and maybe the Severn bridges to the north.
    The route includes descending and climbing some steep pathways and lanes, as well as a couple of tricky road junctions, where care will be needed.
    Some of the pathways will be very muddy, and some will be stony, so sturdy and waterproof footwear will be necessary, as well as clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
    The walk will take about five hours so you should bring a packed lunch and liquid refreshment with you.

    Dogs are welcome but must be on a lead.

    £5 per person

     

     

  • Coleridge Way Walk

    Coleridge Way Walk

    Coleridge Cottage Nether Stowey

    Saturday 13 May 2017, 10:00 (2.5hrs)

    Follow in the footsteps of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, when he lived at Nether Stowey in 1797. A prolific walker STC inspired the Coleridge Way, a 51 mile route from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth. Join our Ranger Andy Stevenson to walk a section of the Quantock route, and find out about Coleridge and how the walk was created. Medium to tough walk, hilly in places, dogs on leads (lambing season)

    £5 per person

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  • Quantock Explorer Walk - Bicknoller loop

    Quantock Explorer Walk - Bicknoller loop

    Bicknoller Village Hall Car Park

    Tuesday 23 May 2017, 10:00 (3hrs)

    Quantock Explorer Walks are a series of walks led by specially trained Quantock Hills Volunteer Rangers.

     

    Quantock Volunteer Rangers Philip & George will take you on a guided walk from Bicknoller to Vinny Combe, Beacon Hill and Trendle Ring Settlement.


    A fairly strenuous walk of 8km ( or 5 Nautical miles... Philip's ex Royal Navy!) starting at Bicknoller Village Hall Car Park, heading north along the Coleridge Way, up through Staple Plantation, into Vinny Combe and upBeacon Hill (great views across to Wales & Exmoor). Then on to Bicknoller Post and down to visit Trendle Ring Settlement (an unexcavated Iron Age site on the slope of Bicknoller Hill).
    This walk includes some fairly steep ascents & descents on rocky paths so sturdy footwear will be necessary along with clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
    The walk should take approximately 3 hours, so bring refreshments as required. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring wet weather gear / sun protection clothing as appropriate.

    Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads

    £5 per person

     

     

  • Quantock Explorer Walk - Lydeard to Wills Neck

    Quantock Explorer Walk - Lydeard to Wills Neck

    Lydeard Hill car park

    Friday 9 June 2017, 10:00 (4hrs)

    Quantock Explorer Walks are guided walks led by specially trained Quantock Volunteer Rangers to help you explore the Quantocks better. 

    Quantock Volunteer Rangers John & Don will lead you on a guided walk from Lydeard Hill to Will's Neck and back.
    A moderate walk of approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Lydeard Hill to Will's Neck, the highest point in the Quantock Hills.
    Views from the summits will depend on the weather but are likely to include the hills of Exmoor and South Wales; on clear days Dartmoor is visible.
    The route will be along rural tracks, which may be muddy and stony, and may include a traverse through pine forests, but this will be dependent on there being no forestry operations in progress.
    Sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing should be worn; the walk will take about four hours so you should bring food and drink with you.

    Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

    £5 per person

    Photo credit: Lorraine Carpenter

  • Quantock Explorer Walk - Hill Fort Walk

    Quantock Explorer Walk - Hill Fort Walk

    Dead Woman's Ditch car park

    Thursday 22 June 2017, 10:00 (4hrs)

    Quantock Explorer Walks are a series of guided walks led by specially trained Quantock Volunteer Rangers to help you get to know the Quantocks better.


    Quantock Volunteer Rangers Philip and George will guide you on a walk from Dead Woman's Ditch to Dowsborough Hill Fort and Higher Hare Knap.


    A strenuous walk of 9.5 kilometers (6 miles) starting from the Dead Woman's Ditch Car Park and going up to the Iron Age Hill Fort of Dowsborough. From there we will descend down into Holford Combe and then climb up to Higher Hare Knap before returning to Dead Woman's Ditch. If we have a clear day there should be fine views out over the Bristol Chanel and the Somerset Levels as well the other Quantock ridges. The walk includes some fairly steep ascents and descents on rocky paths so sturdy and waterproof footwear will be necessary, as well as clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
    The walk will take about four hours so you should bring a packed lunch and liquid refreshment with you.

    Dogs are welcome but only on a lead.

    £5 per person

     

  • Jurassic Coast Walk

    Jurassic Coast Walk

    Kilve car park

    Saturday 5 August 2017, 11:00 (2.5hrs)

    Walk with geologist Dr. Andy King and find out what this section of the coast was like 200million years ago. See some of the earliest ammonites recorded in Britain, and find the best spots for fossils to show friends and family. Please note the beach is very rocky in places so bring sturdy foodwear, be prepared for rocky terrain and bring refreshments as needed.

    Photo credit: Ian Brown

    £5 per serson 

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  • Family Bushcraft

    Family Bushcraft

    Cothelstone Hill car park

    Thursday 10 August 2017, 10:00 (5hrs )

    Take the kids on a wilderness adventure with the Quantock Rangers! Fire starting, mammal traps, den building, plus lunch cooked over an open fire. Lunch is included. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please bring wet weather clothing and sun protection (as needed) and sturdy footwear.

    £10 per person (lunch included)

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  • Bats and Owls Walk

    Bats and Owls Walk

    Fyne Court, Broomfield TA5 2EQ

    Friday 18 August 2017, 20:00 (2hrs)

    Join bat enthusiast and AONB Project Officer Iain Porter on a bat walk around Fyne Court. Use specialist monitoring equipment to record the bat calls and identify what kind of species it might be. Find out more about our UK bats and what you can do to help conserve their habitats.

    Bring wet weather clothing, sturdy footwear and a torch. Sorry no dogs

    £5 per person

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  • Quantock Quiz Walk

    Quantock Quiz Walk

    Holford Bowling Green Car Park

    Tuesday 5 September 2017, 14:00 (2.5hrs)

    Join Quantock Ranger Andy Stevenson on a guided walk with a twist! Test your local knowledge of wildlife and habitats in the Quantocks with this fun quiz. Learn great facts to take home and impress your friends, and simply enjoy the stunning spendour of the wooded valleys around Holford, and the open heathland at the top.

    Bring wet weather clothing and sun protection (as needed) sturdy footwear and refreshments.

    £5 per person

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