Category: Walk

Deadman’s Hole loop

A short loop to the south east of Bruton featuring views of Alfred’s Tower and Glastonbury Tor. The route is generally easy underfoot, but some electric fences, locked gates and poor stiles make it tough going for the less agile and upgrade it to moderate. Around 3 miles, moderate.

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Batcombe: the long way round

This new walk is the longest walk on the site, using less well-known routes to visit Batcombe and return via Milton Clevedon and Lamyatt. The possibility of seeing hare and deer, the certainty of good views and a pub just before the halfway mark make this a good day out. Because of its length this cannot be considered a beginner’s walk. 9 miles (14.5km), 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes, moderate.

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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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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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Brewham

This longer walk visits the attractive and deeply rural village of South Brewham. It has excellent views of Alfred’s Tower and the Stourhead ridge. 7 miles /11 km, 2 hours 35 minutes to 3 hours 20 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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