Since 2009 we have embarked on many walks and visits

 

Annual Village Walks, now led by Dave Hart, take place on the first Thursday in August.  A selection of pictures below.  Pamphlets for the annual walks are available from 2011 onwards.  They give you points of interest and a map.

 

Worle Village Annual Walks

2010: From St. Martin's Church to the Observatory

Chris Richards led our first walk down through the Churchyard, along the High Street and back up Lawrence Road, along Kewstoke Road and up the Stony Lane at Hillend to the Observatory.

2011: From Kewstoke Road through North Worle to The Golden Lion.

Dave Hart led this walk down through Lynch Farm, along the route of the old Madam Lane and back to The Golden Lion for Sausage & Chips and Morris Dancing.

2012:  Along Station Road to Summer Lane and back to the Woodspring

Poured with rain, but ploughed on past the ponds near Morrisons to Vale Mill and back for much needed refreshment.

2013:  Along the High Street, Coronation Road and Hill Road and back down Spring Hill.

A fascinating look at the things we see every day and don't notice.  Amazing how many clues to the past we learned about.

2014: Worle in World War 2, led by Dave Hart and Raye Green

50 of us set off from the Woodspring and visited bomb sites, gun implacements, graves and memorials, and the finger post at the corner of Hollow Land and Ebdon Road.

2015:  Worle Hill.  The bits you never knew existed.  From the Golf Club and back.

An amazing summer evening took us to parts of the hill most people had never visited.  Along the south side to Hillend in the east and then back along the north side to supper and a glorious sunset in the Golf Club.

2016: Early Worle.  Its place in National History?  From The Old Manor Inn.

After a short climb up Newton’s Lane to the quarry, we descended into the valley through Lynch Farm fields.  We then followed Ebdon Road and Dunkite Lane to Castle Batch and returned along Lyfield Road

2017:  St Georges, the North Marsh, Banwell River.  From The Woodpack Inn and back.

a happy band of 40 walkers braved the light rain and enjoyed a sociable walk with contributions from Dave Hart, Barrie Underwood and Dave Skidmore.

 

Visits are often local but sometimes we spread our wings a little.

 

Local Visits

 

Mostly walking distance from the centre of Worle, or a short car ride.

 

Icelton Farm, Wick St. Lawrence

We have been fortunate enough to be invited to this lovely old farm by Bob and Liz Parsons on two occasions.  Bob's father farmed this land before him.  During the last few years the Environment Agency have busily worked on coastal flood defences, contructing banks and small resevoirs to collect excess water and hopefully become a natural nature reserve.  One of the new ponds is just visible in the background of the photograph 

NB  This land is privately owned and only accessible by invitation, but the coastal path between Worle and Clevedon is well worth a Sunday stroll!  See the link below.

http://thewalkerswife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/england-coast-path-clevedon-to-weston.html

Woodspring Priory

The Priory, with its connections to Thomas a Becket stands in a dip in the land north of Worle, protected from the winds and tides of the Bristol Channel by a gentle rise. Probably built around 1210,  it can be reached on foot, or by car, taking the road north, Collum Lane, which runs from the Queensway, adjacent to the Old Manor Inn for a couple of miles towards the coast. Look out for open days.  We visited on a weekend in May 2013.

It is owned by the Landmark Trust and some of the accommodation is let out to visitors.  The link below will wet your appetite.

https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/news-and-events/visiting-landmarks/visiting-woodspring-priory/

 

Weston Museum: 

We have made several mini-trips to our Museum in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, to attend meetings, admire the exhibits and put on our own exhibition.  The picture, left, shows the museum before it shut for a complete refurbishment.  It is expected to reopen in August 2017, when we shall no doubt make another sortie to check it out.

http://westonmuseum.org/

 

A bit further afield

 

Taunton, London were destinations, and a Bristol School visits Worle.

Taunton Museum:  The Museum of Somerset.

 

We went in several different cars to Taunton Museum for a day and loved every minute.  The tree in foyer, shown in the picture, left was a great welcome.  Probably our favourite room was that devoted to the Monmouth rebellion which was engrossing. 

Entry was free and the food in the little restaurant was tasty and catered for all.  I have been back twice, which is always a good sign.

https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/

 

The National Archives, Kew.

Several of us took a coach trip to the National Archive collections at Kew.  Well worth a visit if you are researching a particular topic, or your family background.  We went to investigate some military records, and for Peter Johnson to photograph the 1839 tithe map of Worle to assist with his project to redraw the map.

 

Link to the website below.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Out and about in 1940's attire for Worle Village Primary School.

We have close ties with most of our local schools, and often attend organised days about local history or themed topics.  This was World War 2 evacuees.  A Bristol school visited Worle by train and went to see an Anderson Shelter which still survives in a Worle garden. 

 

Several of our members dressed for the occasion and spent the day with the children, answering questions.  Suits them, I think!

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