Parents and school staff

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First of all, we are grateful to all the parents/staff who've already registered and are giving this new event an initial 'leg up'. But for those of you still deliberating, allow me to re-assure you. At its simplest this is just a day's walk on the hills with a team of highly experienced walking leaders from Kilve Court outdoor education centre. Group size will likely be small and walkers will be accompanied by our leaders at all times. It is organised by a teacher with 25 years of experience who's already successfully run the event in the same location with over 100 adults on four occasions.

On the day we will have a Kilve based emergency vehicle at our disposal and all our leaders will have been CRB checked and first aid trained.

Yes this will be our first trial, but in recognition of this, it's FREE! If you wish to raise money for our nature conservation charity - the Durrell Wildlife Conservation trust please download this walking sponsorship form and send any funds raised directly to them. Thank you.

In return we ask for as much feedback as possible - thank you.

As well as being a teacher, I am also a parent and I know how much I've valued outdoor experiences/challenges shared with my children. I designed the event with this in mind.

So, if you'd like to come, please register and tell us how many people will be walking with you - all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Thank you.


What do I have to do?

Before the day:

Decide if this activity right for you and your son/daughter.

It's a long way - between 5 and 13 miles - similar to a Duke of Edinburgh expedition. You will need to decide If everyone in your party can manage the distance you select.


5 mile route - Jellyfish Trail - start 2pm at Bicknoller Inn TA44EL - finish 5pm at Kilve beach TA5 1EG.(This route includes some of the satellite pools and a few bugs shown at the Trail end)

8 mile route - Birds and reptiles - start 11.45am at Blue Ball Inn at Triscombe TA43HE - finish 5pm at Kilve beach TA5 1EG.(This route includes all the satellite pools and bugs shown at several locations)

13 mile route - Humans - start 9.15am outside Kingston St Mary Primary School TA28JH - finish 5pm at Kilve beach TA5 1EG.(This route includes all the satellite pools and bugs shown at several locations)

Toilets - there are no toilets at the beginning of each trail. After that there will be one portable toilet at lunchtime 12.30pm on the human and Bird trails. The next toilets will be at Kilve Court at around 4.30pm.

Equipment required: Forecast is currently dry but with North east wind temperatures will feel very cold up on the tops - close to zero Celsius. Bring plenty of layers - warm hat/ scarf and gloves and wind proof coat/trousers.

You'll need at least sturdy trainers (with thick shock absorbing soles) but preferably walking boots with ankle support. Also a waterproof coat and light weight waterproof leggings just in case. Plasters in case their boots rub. A little vaseline is useful to rub on sore skin to reduce blisters in the first place.

1. Register - use the tag on this page - as part of this you'll allocate yourself to a trail and be told where and when to meet on the Trail day (details shortly).

2. Download Appfurnace onto your Smart Phones BEFORE you come - somewhere you have a good internet connection. This is needed to 'play' our Trail App which will deliver specific verbal content when your phone is carried into our pre-allocated GPS pools. No phone signal is required to use it (once downloaded).

3. The night before, charge your phones fully and in the morning turn down your brightness (you won't need to see your screen - it's all verbal) and turn off all unnecessary functions eg blue tooth/ WiFi to save battery. Pack your ear buds/head phones. Ideally walkers will work in pairs and have at least two fully charged smartphones between them - then one person can keep theirs off at the start, and turn it on when the other person's is running low on charge. Failing that a portable phone re-charger would do the trick.

4. Prepare a packed lunch with plenty of fluids and a day sack. Something sweet as a pick me up for tired moments.


On the day

HAVE YOU REALISED after the walk when you arrive at Kilve - there is no return transport to where you started the walk? You'll need to be picked up or use two cars or arrange a lift with someone!

Toilets - there are no toilets at the beginning of each trail. After that there will be one portable toilet at lunchtime 12.30pm on the human and Bird trails. The next toilets will be at Kilve Court at around 4.30pm.

WARNING: Forecast is currently dry but with North east wind - temperatures will feel very cold up on the tops - With wind chill -2 Celsius. Bring plenty of layers - warm hat/scarf and gloves and wind proof coat/trousers. There is a small risk of some rain.

Arrange to have all the people in your walking party dropped off at your allotted time and place and rendezvous with your walking leader.

Turn your Trail phone App on, and follow the leader!

Along the trail you will listen (via our Trail App) to a series of 5 mins verbal and musical offerings, although most of the time there will be no audio content to hear - plenty of time to chat and enjoy the scenery!

Note: once it starts talking you may lose your connection if you walk away from the route we follow, or try to do something else with your phone - eg open another window. Some of our verbal pools are repeated later along the trail (for folks joining the trail later) . Either listen again or turn your sound off. If you close the app - make sure NOT to open it again when you are already inside the next cloud - as it won't play (until the next cloud anyway).


Be picked up at Kilve Beach at 5pm.


What if it rains?

Forecast is currently dry but with North east wind temperatures will feel very cold up on the tops - below zero Celsius. Bring plenty of layers - warm hat/ scarf and gloves and wind proof coat/trousers.

Health and Safety

We've enlisted a team of highly qualified walking leaders from Kilve Court who show the way and keep us all safe. All trail leaders are CRB checked. There is an emergency vehicle on stand by all day from Kilve Court.


Ticks from deer/sheep are present on the hills and cases of Lyme's disease have occurred (rarely) after bites. To reduce these risks keep on the main footpaths away from bracken and other short heathland vegetation. Lay down a mat before seating. Wild horses do roam the Quantocks, they should not be approached or fed. Poisonous Adder snakes also occur although they are rare. Stay on the paths to avoid them.
There are some disused Quarries and lime kilns dotted around the hills. They are unsafe structures and are best avoided. Greatest fall risks are the disused quarries at Triscombe (OS grid ref ST 162356) and Lower Halsway.
The Trail follows footpaths throughout but gets rather stony in places, especially after lunch so please walk carefully. We intend to walk slowly but we still have to make our rendezvous times.

We will be walking alongside a small road from ST188331 to ST183335- please walk facing oncoming traffic and on the outside of bends as appropriate. At Crowcombe park gate we will cross a small road.

Once at KILVE village: Take care crossing the A39 which can be busy and fast.

At Kilve beach the coast immediately to the West and East has rather unstable, unfenced cliffs.Kilve beach is beside the Severn and consists of uneven and slippery rocks. The tidal range is considerable and bathing is dangerous given strong tidal currents, rocky shoreline and sediment rich waters of the Severn.
OTHER INFORMATION: Toilets will be available at Triscombe stone car park at 12.30pm , Kilve court 4.30pm. There are NO OTHER TOILETS. (possibly a public one at Kilve beach which may or may not be open)

The hills are an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Quantock rangers have asked that walkers keep to the paths and do everything possible to avoid disturbing wildlife.
DOGS: Owners should be aware that there are livestock roaming free all along the Quantock hills. If in any doubt, please keep your dogs on their leads at all times.

So, how much does it cost? It's FREE


Background

Who are we?

Why did we do this?

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Organisation

A social enterprise aiming, in time, to generate income via the mutually beneficial associations we create between children, parents, schools and nature conservation charities - in this case the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust


Review: Here's what a participator said after completing the same event for adults:

It was truly a privilege to be involved. We both had an absolutely brilliant weekend - such a great idea & impressively organised! I hope it continues for many years to come.