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Part two of our mountain climbing training is walking up Crook Peak in Somerset. Crook Peak is much taller than Brent Knoll we climbed last week and the distance walked was far greater.

The weather was very good, even if the wind was a little chilly. We could see miles and miles today, as opposed to the limited visibility of mist and fog last week. We could easily make out Glastonbury Tor on the horizon, some 13 miles away.

Crook Peak has been important as a landmark and boundary from very early times, and the origins of the name are unclear. Some believe the name 'Crook' comes from Old British 'Cruc' meaning 'peak' or 'pointed hill'.

The walk starts in the National Trust car park at Kings Wood, which you climb up to the top and into open fields. This then leads to a climb over steep and rough terrain before levelling out. This continues for a bit then there is a welcome decent before another gradual incline, steepening towards the top.

Along the way, we met some wild horses, a couple of walkers with their dogs and some great views over Somerset.

Looking back along the path

Looking back along the path

Total Distance Walked: 5.2 miles (8.3 km)

Altitude Climbed: +628 ft (191.4 metres)

Time Taken: 2 hours 14 minutes.

One thought on “Crook Peak Walk
  • 6th September 2012 at 12:00 am

    Did this walk today (September 6th) - it was wonderful even on a slightly hazy day. The views are outstanding! Not too strenuous but we must walk a bit slower than you ( or was it the photo opportunities?) - it took around 150 mins.

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