STOP PRESS: This walk was to have been walk of the month for December 2022. Regretably part of it has been closed for the whole of December (to allow essential water works to take place).
We apologise to anyone following the walk of the month link, which was published before the closure was known of.
A short stroll up the gentler hills to the south of the town, with views of Glastonbury Tor and the town. One very short section is muddy at almost all times, so wellies are recommended even in summer. All on footpaths or permissive routes. This is a re-write of Bruton Walks Set 1 No 9). 2.5 miles (4.2 km), 80 m of ascent, easy. 55 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes. The photo is courtesy of Joan Williams.
Start at Station Road Car Park
From the car park turn left up the road, cross the road to go under the railway bridge then immediately turn right up steps to a gate (signed to Hauser and Wirth). Follow the (permissive) track parallel to the road to a gate. Cross to another gate, continue through allotments then left through a gate, across the road (take care – fast-moving traffic) to another gate and into Hauser & Wirth car park. Turn right and walk through the car park to its entrance. Cross the main road and the minor side road to a signpost marked Redlynch pointing up a farm track.
Go straight through the farm buildings (piggeries, usually very muddy and unpleasant) and through a gate. Continue on a footpath (sometimes very indistinct or invisible on the ground) in exactly the same direction straight across the field to a double stile with bridge. Carry on in the same direction to a further stile (about 20m to the right of a more obvious field gate in the top left corner of the field) through a small wood and over another stile. Always in the same direction, go through a gap in an ancient hedge-line crossing the field, to a gate in the hedge opposite. Once through the gate continue in same direction in the fourth field, with new tree planting on left to reach a broken stile/gate.
At the gate turn 180 degrees to enjoy the views. Then head back downhill diagonally left to a bridge in bottom left corner of field, in the direction of Glastonbury Tor which can be seen in the distance on a clear day.
Cross the bridge, turn right and head straight down the field with the hedge immediately to the right. At the end of the field cross a stile onto an enclosed path. Follow this lane (overgrown at times) and cross a stile at end of lane into an open field. Continue diagonally left to a gate opposite (NOT the gate in the hedge on the right).
Go through the gate and swing slightly left to cross the field above the house. Eventually find a gate in the far-left corner of the field.
Go straight across the road junction, passing a playground sign. Continue on this road for 100 yards to the playground entrance and car park. Turn right through the car park and across the playing field. Take any of the several stiles at the far side of the field, and either climb steeply and directly up to the Dovecote or turn right and take a longer path which runs anti-clockwise round the field and climbs more gently to the top.
Go through the kissing gate close to the Dovecote and follow the hedge line downhill to another gate/kissing gate. Turn right keeping the hedge on the right, then left on reaching the all-weather path to rejoin the outgoing route.
Explore Somerset route references
Public road then permissive footpath to junction of Dropping Lane and Park Wall. WN 5/24, WN 5/25. Public road then permissive route.