Dear Members


Shearwater/with Pub lunch, The Bath Arms, Crockerton, BA12 8AJ

Parking in The Bath Arms Car Park

Tuesday 9th July 202410.30 am prompt start for long walk – 11.15 am start for short walk

On leaving The Bath Arms we avoid the main street and climb the side road to Crockerton church. Historically, the residents of Crockerton, as its name suggests, made their living mainly from pottery. The village is situated on an area of Gault clay, and there were potters in Crockerton as far back as the 13th century. During the 19th century the industry declined and two families moved to brick making. We then skirt around Shear Water (a manmade lake) and enter the surrounding forest with it’s tall pines. Thomas Thynne ( 1st Viscount Weymouth) is reputed to have introduced the Lord Weymouth Pine (Pinus strobus), in 1705 and planted it extensively on the estate. The Lord Weymouth Pine was useful for ship masts in that it grew tall and slender, but in truth the name does not have any connection to Lord Bath and family. It really derived from George Weymouth, totally unrelated, who first discovered this pine growing in Maine, USA . All Thomas did was to arrange for the tree’s importation, and prefix a Lord in front of the Weymouth in the tree’s official appellation.


The walk is 4 miles long. This is an easy ramble with no stiles mainly along forest tracks.

Lunch is booked for 1.00 pm

The long walk will be led by Arnold Hodgson. We have yet to find a leader for the short walk of about an hour’s duration on footpaths around Shearwater.

Please note:  I would like to know who is attending – so please reply specifying long or short walk and your menu choice (see attached Menu) – PUBS ARE NOW REQUIRING US TO PRE-ORDER. The Bath Arms , Crockerton – 09.07.2024

Important Information

Wives/partners are welcome on the walk and a ‘booking system’ is used.

You need to reply directly to the walk coordinator (Arnold’s contact details below) if you wish to attend.

The deadline for confirming attendance is the Friday 28th June

The walk program is displayed on the Frome Probus website and is updated each month.

Queries and info – Arnold Hodgson (01373 839060) Email:  Arnold