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September Treasure Hunt Stroll in Wells Saturday 23 September 2017

Most of you will remember that we had a very enjoyable Quiz Walk / Treasure Hunt Stroll around Dorchester in April 2013, led by Gloria. We all learned a great deal and saw parts of the town into which we had never ventured. These quizzes / treasure hunts are devised by Richard and Brenda for their Sherborne U3A walking groups, and Jenny N joined them on their most recent recce visit to Wells, Somerset. It was an excellent day – quiz is great fun, and a very good lunch venue (when all those clues find their answers!). Dorset Ramblers will once again put on such an event, this time to explore the historic city of Wells. Wells is about 28 miles from Sherborne, 31 from Stur, takes 55 mins or just over an hour by car respectively. Saturday avoids clashes with our normal Sunday walks and you will be able to visit the market, shops and the wonderful Cathedral, with its famous inverted scissor arches. (n.b. there is a suggested donation so we don’t enter the cathedral on our actual quiz). The event will start at the Priory Road car park (£5.75 all day) at 10am on Saturday 23 September. You will be in teams of 3 or 4 and should have time to stop for coffee in one of the many cafes in the town. The lunch venue is part of the mystery.

It is hoped that car drivers will be willing to offer lifts, as car parking is limited and expensive. If extra transport is needed we will lay on a minibus etc. which will be charged to individuals accordingly. More details in next newsletter, but in order to book lunch and ensure that everyone has transport it would be helpful to know numbers.

In addition, some of us may wish to make more of an occasion of this and I have negotiated a good rate for Friday 22 Sept for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Swan Hotel (Best Western, just opposite the west front of the Cathedral). The rate is £69 per person sharing a twin / double room, with a £20 supplement for sole occupancy. If you did not wish to have dinner it would be £59 per person. Those that took advantage of this would then be in Wells for a 10am start on Saturday morning, but we do need to qualify for the group rate by booking a minimum of 8 rooms. Of course two nights is also possible, staying on in Wells after the quiz. Please fill in enclosed form (return by Sunday 26 March) if you would like to take part either on the day or with an overnight stay. The latter especially needs to be booked early. Jenny N

The paragraph below is taken from the main website for Wells;

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Wells lies sheltered beneath the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, and combines a wealth of historic interest and beautiful architecture. Wells qualifies as England's smallest, and Somerset's only city.
Probably the finest national example of early English architecture, Wells Cathedral was largely built between the 12th and 14th centuries. The Cathedral is famed for its magnificent West Front, featuring over 300 statues and carvings, the inverted scissor arches of the nave, and one of the oldest working mechanical clocks.
The wells, which gave the city its name, are located within the grounds of the Bishop's Palace, which is still the residence of Bishops of Bath and Wells. The Bishops Palace main features are a 13th-century Undercroft, imposing staterooms and tranquil gardens surrounded by a moat.
Also of interest are Vicars' Close, claimed to be the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and the historic market place.


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