Those keen on wildlife will be interested to see this report on breeding birds along the Strawberry Line. It suggests that the concentration of breeding birds along the line is greater than in much of the farmland the route passes through – another reason to support the development of off-road paths.
To help progress the Strawberry Line groups of volunteers have been organising work parties to help maintain existing sections of the route. This not only makes it more pleasant for users and encourages people to take advantage of the path but also demonstrates to the public authorities that there is the enthusiasm and the skill to maintain the route after it is built. The volunteers have now started work on the section of path linking Rodney Stoke and Draycott. If anyone would like to join them they next meet at 9.30 on Tuesday 18th August at the point indicated on the map below; just turn up or leave a message using the form on the Strawberry Line page (under community)
Plans to develop a section of the Strawberry line through Shepton Mallet have hit a blockage – the Department of Transport which claims to be promoting sustainable transport options is blocking plans for safe access under the A371 by not allowing use of a former railway bridge. This article explains more.
Below are links to the data for the months March to June inclusive. July and August will be added as we get there. The data for March to May have been posted earlier but you would have to chase about to make comparisons between months. There is a separate file of Photo-voltaic generation totals for each month since 2010 which is a proxy for amount of sunshine. An attempt is made to suggest which of the years has been sunniest and in which months.
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Whatever the season, a country walk is a great way to get out and about.
Head for the Westbury-sub-Mendip Community Shop and pick up one of the Westbury Walks leaflets – they’re only 50p. All of the walks start and end at The Cross, so you can get started as soon as you leave the shop.
Each of the 20 walks is described in detail, with clear directions, maps and useful information plus an indication of how long each walk takes. They vary in length, some only a mile or two, others much longer, as you will see from the list below.
If you want to take supplies with you, the shop sells a variety of sandwiches, pies and drinks. Or you could go to The Westbury Inn for a post-walk cider.
|WESTBURY WALKS||Distance in miles|
|1||Millway, Broadway Hill||3|
|3||Ebbor Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wattles Hill, Easton||7.6|
|4||Priddy Veal Lane||5.6|
|7||Rodney Stoke & Draycott Loop||5.8|
|9||Priddy Nine Barrows||9|
|11||Ebbor Gorge, Rookham, Milton Hill, Wookey Hole, Easton||9.6|
|13||Coxton End Lane||5.4|
|14||Rodney Stoke & Stoke Woods||6.3|
|17||Wells & back||11.3|
|18||Barrow Wood Land & the River Axe||6.6|
|20||Wedmore & back||11.2|