OK, that is a bit of exaggeration, there were 97. That is, 97 people who did the Great Bottom walk on Sunday, 10th June. It involved three and a half miles of walking on paths leading up 370ft and around the geographical feature known as Great Bottom. The youngest walker was 4 years old and the eldest was 92. The event was organised by Mere Footpath Group under the banner of ‘Healthy Mere Walking’. They set off from Mere and walked up the slopes through cattle and nettles only stopping to take in the great views and a water stop. The climb would be the same as walking up to the top of Big Ben. The path then came back into Mere along some of its oldest roads.
Group Treasurer, John Jordan said “It was exhilarating to see people, many of whom were not experienced footpath walkers, take on such a challenge and come back proud and smiling. The weather was perfect and the walkers were great. They all made a donation to our fund and they were given a goody bag with treats from our sponsors and a ‘Great Bottom’ badge to wear with pride. We raised over £500 to spend on improving the footpaths of Mere. A huge thank you, from us, to our sponsors and to all of the volunteers who made it happen and congratulations to the walkers.”
Mere Footpath Group, in one form or another, has worked for many years helping land owners to manage the footpaths in the parish of Mere for the benefit of walkers.
Photo by George Jeans, Mere.