Kilmersdon Walk

27 caches, 5.2 Miles, Kilmersdon, near Radstock, Somerset.

Jack & Jill went up the hill....

The Kilmersdon Walk series is in an area that I’ve not cached in before, so I was very much looking forward to completing the series. Today was Remembrance Sunday and as parked up outside the church in Kilmersdon with it’s Union Jack flying, the church clock struck 10.30 and then the bell ringers rang out thier chimes for the next half hour.

I spotted the stone carving (above) in the side of a wall at the bottom of Jack and Jill Hill, I hadn’t realised that this village has an association with the nursery rhyme and that the hill featured in the rhyme is said to be one near this village.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.

The first leg of the series with 7 caches took us from Kilmersdon village, through Babbington Wood to Babbington House. The Manor house is now a luxurious hotel, but we were reminded of it’s past as we left the wood through some huge stone gates.

Kilmersdon Village

The 2nd part of the series took us across some very soggy and muddy farmland to  the disused Vobster Quarries. The quarry is now home to an inland diving centre which you can just about see from GZ. Apparently there are many underwater diving attractions to be discovered in the depths below the surface, including wreck of a Hawker Siddley HS-748 aircraft. Donated by Exeter Airport a 15m long wooden cabin cruiser, various cars and a caravan!

After this the trail went west to Highbury before bring us back into the village. We had a great morning’s caching and well worth making the trip down here. There was one section through some the cows which was not so much fun as I had pip with me today and she is scared of them, but they were no bother. Otherwise though, it was a very enjoyable series through some nice countryside and a lovely village to start and finish. Yes, it was a bit muddy in parts but we didn’t mind that we went prepared.

Kilmersdon Walk
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