On Saturday 19th November nine intrepid walkers braved a discouraging weather forecast to do a circuit of 8.5 miles from Bennett’s Cross. We kept the rain at bay for most of the route along Hameldown, noting the distant view of the lynchets, or mediaeval (and earlier) field strips at Challacombe, the justly famed Grimspound, Hameldon Cross, the anti glider poles and some of the 13 widely spaced cairns. Thanks to Bill we also saw a fine kist , which while actually quite close to the main path, is easily missed. Ignoring as much as possible some heavy showers and hail we descended to Challacombe mediaeval village, and walked up to Headland Warrren farm through a confusing landscape of agriculture, warrens, and mine workings. We noted the dog kennel cave and then made our way past Birch Tor, returning through the workings of Vitifer mine whose deep shafts have recently been fenced off. Hopefully the rather prominent palings will fade into the background in time.
Hameldon cross

Hameldon cross

Kist demonstration

Kist demonstration

Photos, courtesy of David and Bill show some of the group at Hameldon Cross and Bob nobly doing kist measurement duty.