Historic Wessex - Montacute
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This event combines a moderate 6.5 mile walk through some of the best scenery of the local area with a visit to one of the atractions in the historic and picturesque village of Montacute. Starting at Ham Hill Country Park - a well known viewpoint a few miles west of Yeovil, our route journeys above and through the rolling hills of the area. When we reach Montacute you will have the option of visiting Montacute House and Gardens (NT), or the TV Radio and Toy museum nearby. You could of course just chill out over a lazy lunch in one of the two mellow stone coloured village inns. On the way back we will pass St Michaels Hill (An ancient Earthwork) and follow the Monarch's way path, which here clings to the edge of a wooded escarpment.
Montacute House is an Elizabethan Manor with a somewhat surreal quality about it. Its glowing stonework and many glinting windows seem to float above the ground, whilst a nearby yew hedge is shaped rather like a Salador Dali painting.
The TV Radio and Toy museum started out as a collection of vintage receiving equpiment but now illustrates the amazing world of radio and television and their programmes since the 1920s.
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What to bring
National Trust membership
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots, sturdy trainers
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
We will be in Montacute for approx 90 minutes. This will give you time to either take lunch at one of the pubs, or visit the museum, or house and gardens, refreshments being available at both. If you prefer to bring a packed lunch that's fine.