Wiveliscombe Walkers Complete New Long Distance Path
Over the last year WaW members in Wiveliscombe have been busy developing a new long distance circular walk linking the 8 churches in the Benefice.
They named the walk The Brendon Towers Way in recognition of the distinctive towers that are a feature of the churches nestled amongst the Brendon hills surrounding Wiveliscombe.
Once the the route had been checked and re-checked, way marked in both directions and a leaflet with directions, map and a brief history of each church completed, it was time for the launch. This was planned for 23rd May and was to be led by the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Obviously, due to the Covid crisis, this couldn’t happen but an alternative inaugural walk was planned once restrictions were eased.
So, at 10.30am on Saturday 20th June, 38 local walkers set off in small groups of 4 or 5 from each of the 8 churches. The plan was for each small group to walk to the next church on the route and then back again. Half of each group walked in a clockwise direction , the other half walked anti-clockwise. Every church was visited and the walkers had a very jolly time passing friends along the way who were walking in the opposite direction. Everyone remembered social distancing and picnic lunches were enjoyed in the peaceful churchyards or surrounding countryside. Some walkers, feeling energetic, walked on, visiting more churches along the route. One walker complete the whole 20 mile route, visiting all 8 churches in 8 hours.
Over the last few months the new route has proved very popular and has received some great feedback. More walkers have completed the whole route in one day including Ella and Susie, both aged 11 years old. A wonderful achievement!
Brendon Towers Way leaflets are available for £1 in Wiveliscombe Post Office, Community Office and local churches.