Blackdown Hills and Wellington Monument

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Lowland and Hill Walks
May 22
2021

20 people attending

0 places left

3 people waitlisted

Your price
£12.50
Event booking closes on May 22 at 09:00:00
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16 - 17km (just over 10 miles), with 400m of ascent in total

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a provisional date for this event.  We will review it closer to the date and hope to run the event with an appropriate number of places at the time. Don't forget to use the waitlist to reserve your space! 

 

The Blackdown Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Somerset - Devon border.  The walk doesn’t head back down the steep, wooded north-facing escarpment, but heads south across a landscape of rolling ridges, and characterised by small fields, hedgerows and valley views.
We will catch a glimpse of Hemyock Castle and well kept St Mary's Church, before climbing towards Hackpen Hill. We then cross the Culm Valley and climb again to Culmstock Beacon.  A small 15th century beehive shaped building constructed as a warning beacon and thought to be the only one of its kind remaining, it offers outstanding views of the surrounding Devon countryside.
The walk finishes at the Wellington Monument - an Egyptian inspired obelisk, it was designed to resemble the type of bayonet used by Wellington's armies.
Please note that as well as crossing fields, areas of woodland and quiet country lanes, several hundred metres is also along the ridge road at the start and finish.

Dogs are welcome to join us on this event but we do ask the following:

  • Please appreciate the fact that not everyone is a dog owner or lover- especially when we stop to eat
  • Please ensure you adhere to the Countryside Code at all times - see (Keeping Dogs Under Effective Control)

If your dog is uncontrolled and strays in open land frightening other animals or livestock, the leader is supported by the OutdoorLads board of trustees to ask you to leave the event as this is not acceptable behaviour.

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COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
  • You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
  • The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of taste and/or smell.
  • You may be subject to local lockdown restrictions, which you must fully comply with. Details of the location of these restrictions can be found here for England, ScotlandWales, and Northern Ireland.   
  • We do not encourage car sharing to events during the pandemic. Please comply with the safety travel guidance for EnglandWales, and Scotland. Face coverings should be worn on public transport.
  • OutdoorLads will support the tracing systems in place across the UK  and attendance at an OutdoorLads event is considered permission to use contact details for this purpose if requested by the appropriate authority.  
  • All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop. Remember: Face, Hands, Space.
  • Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
  • Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice, but please bring one with you just in case it's needed. Please bring any other PPE items required. Bring a disposable bag for any used PPE.
  • Members are advised to bring their own small first aid kit for personal use..
  • Be aware that opportunities for toilet stops may be minimal if facilities are closed.
  • Please, please cancel at your earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend or are unwell, so that we can allow others to take up these valuable event spaces.
  • Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!

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Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not experts,  do not need to be experts, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as experts, but are amateurs with some experience in the event type and who are happy to impart their knowledge.  Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.

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view of the Wellington Monument
Culmstock Beacon with countryside below
the entrance of Hemyock Castle
St Mary's Church in Hemyock
view of cows in the Culm Valley
view of the Wellington Monument
Culmstock Beacon with countryside below
the entrance of Hemyock Castle
St Mary's Church in Hemyock
view of cows in the Culm Valley

Location

50.943694990497, -3.2210834675187