Samaritans Way: May-June 2010
Samaritans Way marker

Our BCV long-distance walk in 2010 was a relatively unknown route called the Samaritans Way (devised by the Bristol Ramblers) which runs from Bristol to Lynton, a distance of 100 miles. The walk took us through a wonderful variety of landscapes including rolling hills, rivers, woodland and moorland, and lots of pretty villages and towns along the way. And of course copious cider stops as most of the route is in Somerset.

Apart from a couple of damp mornings the weather was fine, and it became incredibly warm towards the end of the week when we were on some of the more challenging sections over the Quantock and Brendon hills.


Links

There is a detailed day-by-day account of the walk, plus more pictures, on Shaun's website.

You can see more of Richard's photos by following this link.

There is a Samaritans Way website which includes pictures of the route and also an online version of the guide book. And it even has links to our pictures now! Incidentally, the name of the walk is not because it is suicidal; it means that all proceeds from guide books go to the Samaritans. 

Finally, here is a link to the Bristol Evening Post article at the start of the walk.

Photo-call with Scouts Group picture, Clifton
Photo-call with local scouts

Start of walk, Clifton Suspension Bridge

   
Ashton Court grounds Dundry pub and church
The grounds of Ashton Court
A lunch stop at Dundry
   
Battling against wind and rain Chew Valley Lake
Battling against the wind and rain
Chew Valley Lake and sheep
   
Snack stop Party time
A brief stop for a snack
Party time at the campsite (farmer's 60th birthday)
   
Towards the Mendips Chew Valley Lake from Compton Wood
Walking towards the Mendip Hills
Chew Valley Lake from Compton Wood
   
Shaun on his side Cheddar Pink
Shaun on his side
The rare Cheddar Pink
   
Negotiating a narrow bridge Peace, man!
Negotiating a narrow bridge
Peace, man!
   
Wearyall Hill Camping at Street YHA
Wearyall Hill above Glastonbury
Camping at Street YHA
   
Wet walk on Walton Hill Bramble-bashing
Wet walk on Walton Hill
Bramble-bashing
   
King's Sedgemoor Drain Goathurst village
King's Sedgemoor Drain
Goathurst village
   
Lunch stop with onlookers Top of a long ascent
Lunch stop with onlookers

The top of a long ascent

   
Victor Quantock ridge
Victor's power-nap
Quantock ridge
   
Carew Arms, Crowcombe Monksilver church
Carew Arms, Crowcombe
Monksilver church
   
Bluebells, North Bird's Hill Colly Hill
Bluebells, North Bird's Hill
Colly Hill
   
Bye Hill and Exe valley Almsworthy Common
Bye Hill and Exe valley
Almsworthy Common, the highest point of the walk
   
East Lyn river Rest stop, Myrtleberry Cleave
East Lyn river
Rest stop, Myrtleberry Cleave
   
Approaching Lynton The end of the walk at Lynton
Approaching Lynton
The end of the walk at Lynton