The Wivey Walkers organise two walks each month, and anyone is welcome to come along- there is no membership or charges. On the first Wednesday of each month there is a walk from Wivey Square at 10.00am, or a local walk using the bus to take us to the start, and walking back. A Saturday in the middle of the month sees us going a little further afield, car sharing from Croft Way car park, typically to the Brendon Hills, Exmoor, the Quantocks, and the Blackdowns. Again, we leave at 10.00am.
See the Walks Programme PDF on the left, or the Events section for more information about the walking programme and bus walks. The programme is also displayed on the notice boards in the Square, which also has one complete board showing the footpath network around Wivey, including the 26 mile circular 'Wivey Way'.
We are a friendly, informal group , who generally walk at a moderate pace whilst chatting. Our organised walks are covered by public liability insurance, but we do ask all walkers to sign a form accepting personal responsibility. That form 'Disclaimer' is on the left as a PDF, which you can open and print. Please sign and date it and bring it along the next time you join us for a walk. Add your email address if you would like to be kept up to date about walks.
If you have a favourite walk you would like to share with others, do get in touch. We're looking for new walks and leaders.
Saturday July 21st 2018
Meet: Croft Way Car Park (CWCP) at 10am for car share to Winsford. 9 mile circular walk, starting west along the Exe Valley, across Staddon Hill before descending to the river where we will stop for lunch. Returning via the Samaritans Way along the valley and over Bye Common. Varied walk, great views, mainly moderate with two steady climbs. Tea garden in Winsford.
Wednesday August 1st 2018 Evening walk
Meet: Wiveliscombe Square at 6pm for local walk. 1 ½ - 2 hours, returning to Northgate for food in the garden (orders taken and paid for before we set off).
Wednesday September 5th 2018
Meet: Wiveliscombe Square at 10am for local walk. See website for details.
Saturday September 15th 2018
Womens Suffrage Centenary – Special Celebratory Family Walk* with options for all abilities. This is a joint venture between the Wivey Womens Centenary planning group, Wivey Walkers and The Bear. Parade around the town first, then to Langley Cross on pavement, then optional approx. 3 miles on country tracks.
£1 donation per adult for Taunton Women’s Refuge. Departs 11.00 am from Jubilee Gardens. Registration and sash and hat making from 9.30 am. Barbecue and rally at The Bear afterwards – all welcome to participate with music, songs, reading, poetry etc to commemorate the centenary.
Why not dress in costume of the day? Look out for dates of hat, sash and banner making workshops, more info:
If you would like to volunteer to help with this event on the day- ie help with registration or act as a marshall, please contact Mirren:
*In 1913 women suffragists walked from all over the country, including from Lands End, to a rally in Hyde Park to support the suffragettes. In 1918 some women were granted the right to vote for the first time.
See www.wiveliscombe.com/wiveywalkers for up-to-date details and contact email.
Walks subject to weather conditions, terrain (and cattle!) and route may change. Wear boots or strong shoes on all walks. Advisable to bring food as there is usually a stop for picnic lunch. Dogs welcome if under control. Everyone is responsible for own safety on all walks and must have signed the disclaimer before walking (please print off and complete form on website).
Look forward to seeing you.
Colin, Margaret, Neil, Brenda, Mike