Walking Clubs and Groups
Walking groups offer regular organised walks and can be a sociable way of getting some exercise and exploring the local area.
Some of the main walking groups in Somerset are listed below.
The Group arranges 2 or 3 walks each week. Walks on Sundays are 8-12 miles and Thursdays are 5-7miles. Throughout the year there are various walking festivals and weekend breaks, also between May and August there are occasional pub walks on a Friday evening.
They walk every Sunday throughout the year usually between 8-12 miles, mid-week walks take place between May and August which are generally 5-7 miles.
Natural England organise a number of weekly walking groups all around South Somerset, with clubs meeting in Broadway, Ilminster, Chard, Crewkerne, Somerton and at various locations around Yeovil. See the website in the link above for more details, or contact Charlie Coward, the Healthy Lifestyles Officer, on 01935 462347 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering weekly walks, they go out for a range of walks throughout the year and all around the South West. For full details of their schedule, see their website.
Mainly Sundays and Thursdays however extra walks are specified per month.
Starting at 9:30am outside Cost Cutters, walks last between 1 and 1.5 hours. They walk both around Somerton and in the surrounding area. For more information see the contact details on the website.
Throughout the year walks take place every Wednesday and Saturday, Saturdays are usually 8-10 miles and last all day, Wednesday walks are 4-6 miles mainly in the afternoon. Exmoor and Quantocks are mainly used.
Sundays - either have a full day (10-12 miles) or half-day (around 5 mile) option, they also go out on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings.
A walking group predominantly for people in their 20s and 30s. Every Sunday. Walks ranging between 4 and 18 miles long, from leisurely to strenuous. The group also organises social events and weekends away.
Varying from 1 mile to 5 miles, these free walks start each Tuesday at 2pm outside Goldenstones Leisure Centre. For more information call 01935 462462.
Guided walks take place every Tuesday morning at 9:30am. There are different meeting points each week in and around the Taunton area. Walks last approximately 1 1/2 hours.
For more information and details of group walks, click on the links in the Related Information box.
If you fancy navigating your way cross our lovely countryside on foot, and at any pace you like, the Quantock Orienteers meet most weekends. Given a special map, you have to negociate your way between various checkpoints in the most efficient way, and the club welcome beginners. For more info on how to get involved, click on the link above where their website will tell you all about it.
South Somerset District Council have set up a number of buggy walks around the area to give everyone with young children in buggies a chance to exercise and meet new people. The walking routes have been especially chosen so that they are accessible for pushchairs and prams. All walks are led by qualified Health Walk Leaders. Please see the website to find one near you.
The LDWA has clubs for distance walking around the country, including one for Bristol & West. They hold two or three walks a month, ranging in length from 10 miles to a full Marathon of 26 miles. Membership costs just £2 a year and full details of this, their calendar and contact details can be found on their website.
footloose303 is a brand new walking group for 2011 serving the Taunton area and South Somerset, who meet most weekends to tackle walks of various difficulties from 7 miles upwards. Not only will you get some valuable exercise, but it'll be a great way to meet similarly-minded people whilst doing so. Their full programme of walks, as well as their distances and gradings, are available on their website, or contact Mike and Sarah at email@example.com.
Although based just over the Devon border in Hemyock, the Blackdown Hills Walking Group takes in the whole area, which of course spans into Somerset. They vary when they meet, but usually get together at least once a month for hikes between 3 and 9 miles. Full info can be found by following the links to Events Diary on the Blackdown Hills AONB website.
The Curry Rivel & District Footpath Group is a group of casual walkers. They meet up at a different pub each Saturday morning, place an order for food, and at 10.30 set off on a 4 - 5 mile leisurely walk. They are then back at the pub for lunch and possibly even a drink!
Membership is centred around mid Somerset, so their walks tend to be around this region. Check their website for their current programme.