Quantock Hills, Dead Woman's Ditch, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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About the Event
A hilly day trip to escape the crowds, hear the birds and unwind. You will leave with a feeling that you visited another country.
You won't find a much quieter and eerie place to hike in the UK than the Quantock Hills, in Somerset, a place not much heard of because the locals like to keep it a secret.
The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which means that its distinctive character, natural beauty and cultural heritage are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. The area received its protected status in 1956.
This precious and ancient place with its distinct cultural heritage and village communities is hugely valued locally as a native or adopted homeland and workplace, as well as a favoured educational, recreational and even spiritual resource.
These hills, which are largely privately owned, accommodate up to half a million visits a year, mainly from people who live within sight of them.
Our hike will start from Dead Woman's Ditch, which has a dark past as the name suggests, and your guide will explain to you on the day. From there we carry on through mossy trails, along a stream, up hills for beautiful views and a drive back home with your phone full of lovely pictures to share.
Natural England have designated the Quantock Hills as a national character area.
If we are lucky, we will see wild horses happily grazing and galloping in the lush valleys.
HIKE TECHNICAL NOTES:
Total distance: 17.21 km
Duration: 5 hours
Altitude: 610.7 m
By coach cost included in fee 1 or 2 service station stops each way
London W6 9DT
A WhatsApp group will be set up a few days before the trip where the final details will be given to you. Keep checking your messages for the link to the group
1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip. On occasions, meeting location, time and other details might have to be changed and the event could also be cancelled last minute in case of extreme weather or other unexpected events.
2 - As with any road trips, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely. We will do our best to make your day better, and of course to avoid any of these, but we expect your understanding on these occasions.
We will make a full refund if the trip is cancelled. No refunds will be made if only part of the trip was skipped but a credit might be offered.