A guide to popular walks in and around Bruton, Somerset

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Closure of footbridge in Bruton

The temporary but indefinite closure of this footbridge for safety reasons brings a very short diversion to many of the walks on this site. A map of the diversion is given here, but the walks themselves have not been amended.

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Moorwood

This easy walk climbs gently up the hills to the south of Bruton to reach the ancient road of Hardway. It then takes the route of the less ancient Stourhead to Redlynch coach road and returns to Bruton by the Macmillan Way.

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Creech Hill from the east

From the southern flank of Creech Hill, the view extends from Alfred’s Tower in Wiltshire to the east and Cranborne Chase in Dorset to the south, to the Brendon Hills and Devon border 40 miles west. Much of Somerset is visible in between. This new walk takes full advantage of the view but avoids the steep climbs of most routes up the Hill. 6 miles, 9.5 km, two hours 20 minutes to three hours, moderate.

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To Castle Cary

A quiet on road or scenic off road route to Castle Cary. About 3.5 miles (slightly longer for the off road route) and 1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 45 mins each way. Off road route is moderate in winter and the wet, otherwise easy, as is the on road route.

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Hadspen (set 1 no 5)

This longer walk (an update of Walks Around Bruton series 1 no. 5) visits the hamlets of Wyke Champflower, Hadspen and Pitcombe. Great views, a varied landscape, and quite a few ups and downs. Expect mud in winter, and cattle in summer. 7 miles (11 km), 2 hrs 25 mins to 3 hours 15 mins. Moderate.

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Lamyatt (set 1 no. 4)

This medium length walk visits the attractive hamlet of Lamyatt and its Church and returns via the crest of Creech Hill and Greenscombe. One very steep descent, and parts can be very muddy in wet weather. 5 miles (8 km), 225 m of ascent. Two hours to two hours 30 minutes. Moderate.

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Redlynch

This walk goes gently uphill through fields to the hamlet of Redlynch and the attractive church of St Peter. Good views to Alfred’s Tower and Creech Hill on the return journey. 4 miles / 6.5 km, 90-120 minutes, easy.

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Old Walks Leaflets

A series of 18 walks were published as leaflets between 1998 and 2006. The walks, some of which are long, are still worth trying, but the directions can no longer be relied upon, so it is best to take an OS Map too.

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