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Mendip Ramblers enjoyed some very colourful and warm autumn days throughout September and October before finally donning their winter gear to face the chilly winter weather.
For a couple of weeks in November, they were collecting as they walked and were pleased to raise £180.84 in aid of Children in Need. This followed a very successful Bank Holiday Walking Festival at the end of August in and around the Charltons, when about 260 people walked over three days.
In October some walkers spent a delightful week in Brittany, finding the French pathways, and some joined other Somerset Ramblers for the area holiday weekend in St Mawes, enjoying good weather and the beautiful views of Cornwall.
Since then a barn dance was arranged by Jane, Mary D. and Paula and the dancing was accompanied by the very lively Canny Band. Walkers are now booking their places for the AGM and skittles evening at the Poacher’s Pocket and for the annual walk with Christmas lunch at Leigh on Mendip.
The regular Thursday and Sunday walks will continue through the winter, as do the shorter monthly afternoon tea walks on the 1st Monday of each month. Over the Christmas period and New Year non-ramblers are invited to join the group’s regular walks as part of the Free Winter Walking Festival.
In March 2016 Mendip Ramblers will celebrate 40 years of walking the beautiful Somerset paths as part of the national Ramblers Association.
If you would like to join any of their free festival walks or are interested in becoming a rambler, please visit www.mendipramblers.co.uk or ring Les on 07768 556735 or Mary on 01373 474530.