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 decent 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 sharply and 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.
Meeting place: The New Inn, Cross BS26 2EE. Click here for more info. It is also a nice spot to have lunch.
Read all about this wonderful area in an article in Countryfile magazine.
Read about the area in Visit Somerset Magazine.
Walk led by Mel Mackintosh on 21st Jan and 4th March and Victoria Cassely on 11th Feb 2018
No dogs please.
Cost: Members £18, Non members £24
Please note refunds are available up and until two days before the walk. Refunds to credit/debit cards are subject to a 1.4% +20p fee for european cards and a 2.9% + 20p fee for non-european cards.