Rowberrow is a small village within the parish of Shipham and only a 30 minute drive from Bristol. On this lovely two hour circular Nordic walk Marcus will take you on a wonderful route through beautiful woodland and up to a historic hilltop walk with incredible views. A gem of a walk which is enjoyable at any time of the year.
We’ll meet at the Swan Inn at Rowberrow and after a short walk through lanes we’ll enter the tranquil paradise of Rowberrow Warren. This deep wooded valley with a stream is set on a hillside and the trails here are excellent and varied.
We’ll start a gentle ascent, then steeper up to the edge of BlackDown, the highest point of the Mendip Hills and a huge grassy expanse of heathland with grazing Exmoor ponies and Devon red cattle. The summit is marked by several ancient burial mounds and has spectacular views of the Bristol Channel and Welsh mountains.
Then down to Dolebury Warren, the site of an Iron Age hill fort, now a haven for wildflowers and butterflies. The imposing Iron Age hill fort was built here 3000 years ago due to the incredible views across north Somerset, and ditches, walls and ramparts are still visible today. Be sure to hold onto your hats, it can get mighty blustery up here!
After we’ve taken in the views there are steep steps down to Black Lane and we’ll wind our way back to the pub for optional food and/or a drink. The Swan is a 17th century Grade II-listed pub and inn, brimming with history and a cosy, welcoming vibe.
Meeting Place: – The Swan Inn car park, Rowberrow, Winscombe BS25 1QL
Date: Sunday 22nd September 10am
Terrain: – Paths, fields, forest trails, some steep climbs, possible mud in places
Duration: 2 hours
Parking :– If you’ll be going to the pub after the walk parking is free. If not it’s £1 per hour.
All cancellations will be automatically credited to your Bristol Nordic Walking account. Please note you will not receive any refund if you cancel 72 hours before this walk.