The spectaular 6 mile Crook Peak ridge walk is on the western edge of the Mendips and Crook Peak itself is one of the most distinctive features of the Somerset landscape. In good weather there are stunning views of the Somerset levels, the Bristol Channel and the coast of south Wales.
Our walk will begin at Cross and head up through King's Wood, an ancient oak woodland now managed by the National Trust. Once through the woods you emerge onto Wavering Down with close cropped grass underfoot and attractive dry stone walling on your right. The walking conditions are very good and the views begin to open out as you climb steeply to the trig point, where Crook Peak itself becomes visible.
Exmoor ponies graze this area, together with sheep and cows in the summer months and it is excellent for Nordic walking. The wide path decends then ascends again to the rough-hewn crown of Crook Peak itself, which stands at 191m (627ft) above sea level.
From this western most point the walk returns to Cross taking the lower paths. They have the advantage of being more protected from the elements but can be a little boggy in places and there are a few stiles to negotiate.
Read all about this wonderful area in an article in Countryfile magazine.
Walk Leader Mel Mackintosh
Meeting place The New Inn, Cross BS26 2EE. Click here for more info. It is also a nice spot to have lunch.
Duration 3 hrs
Terrain Good with some steep climbs
Cost £15 for members / £20 for non-members
We automatically issue refunds as credit to your Bristol Nordic Walking account. If you would like a refund to your bank account or card please let us know. Refunds to bank account/credit/debit cards are subject to a 1.4% +20p fee for European cards and a 2.9% + 20p fee for non-European cards.
You will need to have been previously trained by a Nordic walking instructor to join this walk.
Please note we need a minimum of 8 to run this walk.