Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Terrain: Steep in places but mainly fairly flat and even. Can be muddy in Winter (it was!).
Amenities: Car park and toilets on site, open every day but gates close at dusk. For more details see here.
I am the mean wife/Mum that dragged her husband and son out on New Year’s Day for a walk. I wanted to start my Walk 1000 miles challenge with a proper walk as there will be plenty of dull pavement pounding on weekdays. I also wanted to wear my new walking trousers which were a Christmas present – once I have worn them a few times, I will review them here.
Clatworthy reservoir is nestled in the Brendon hills and is the main source of water for Taunton Deane. The walk starts by crossing the dam. Auspiciously, there were a pair of cormorants near the dam – it’s great to spot wildlife. A little further on into the walk we startled four deer who bounded up into the oak woodland before I could capture them on camera.
One of the best things about walking around Clatworthy, is that you don’t need a map: it is very clear where the path is and there are posts indicating how far you have walked.
Given that it was New Year’s Day, there were very few walkers about. We passed an older couple who said they wished they could still walk at our pace (I confessed to them that I wished I was walking at theirs 😄) and a man who stopped to eat his lunch and still managed to finish before we did!
I remember doing this walk on a boiling hot day as a child and thinking it was interminably long (it took us just under two hours this time), and the other thing I remember is a dead sheep upside down in the mud. These random things do stick with you.
We were lucky in that it only rained very briefly and that produced a beautiful rainbow. A great start to 2018. Happy New Year!