Dovecote on Pillow Mound, Bruton, from Lusty Hill

Dovecote on Pillow Mound, Bruton, from Lusty Hill

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Alfred's Tower on distant ridge

Alfred's Tower on distant ridge

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Sculpture in Courtyard at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Bruton

Sculpture in Courtyard at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Bruton

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Creech Hill, from Cliff Hill

Creech Hill, from Cliff Hill

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Lady Caller Rita, by Bruton Station

Lady Caller Rita, by Bruton Station

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Refurbed Signal Box, Bruton Station

Refurbed Signal Box, Bruton Station

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Office Building in Design of Signal Box, Bruton

Office Building in Design of Signal Box, Bruton

SWC Walk 284 Bruton Circular (via Hauser & Wirth Somerset) or from Castle Cary

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Bruton Circular or from Castle Cary (via Hauser and Wirth Somerset Gallery) walk

Narrow steep-sided valleys with fast flowing streams and rivers, rolling hilltops, Alfred’s Tower, Hauser & Wirth Somerset art gallery

Length 25.1 km (15.7 mi), of which 10.6 km (6.6 mi) on tarmac or concrete. Cumulative ascent/descent: 472m. For a longer or a shorter walk, see below Walk Options.
Toughness8 out of 10 Time: 6 ½ hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 12 hours.
MapsOS Landranger Map: 183 (Yeovil & Frome) OS Explorer Map: 142 (Shepton Mallet & Mendip Hills East)
Walk Notes

This excursion is centred on the remote Somerset town of Bruton, with its honey-coloured stone-built cottages, a large dovecote on a mound overlooking the townscape and a fine selection of lunch and tea options. It leads through a scenic South Somerset landscape of narrow steep-sided valleys and coombes with some fast flowing streams and rivers, with the route dipping in and out of the Brue, Alham and Pitt valleys. From the rolling hilltops you get some far views across to the range forming the boundary with Wiltshire and Dorset, with the local landmark Alfred’s Tower, a folly, on top of it. The route leads close to the renowned art gallery Hauser & Wirth Somerset, and a short version of the walk leaves enough time for an extended visit to it and/or its fascinating bar and restaurant. The recommended lunch stop on the main walk is a very fine country inn in Batcombe.

A start from Castle Cary (with faster and more frequent trains) adds about 50 minutes of walking.
TravelBruton and Castle Cary Stations are stops on the Heart of Wessex line from Bristol to Weymouth. Trains on the London Paddington to Taunton Great Western Main Line also serve Castle Cary (journey time from 85 minutes), but do not normally stop at Bruton. There is also a limited direct service to London Waterloo. From London a change is therefore usually necessary to Bruton, either in Bath Spa or in Westbury, journey time from 2 hours. Saturday Walkers’ Club: Bruton and Castle Cary are outside the Network Southeast Railcard zone. Off-Peak returns for morning departures can be prohibitively expensive. Advance tickets are usually the better option.
Take the earliest train you can.
Walk options

A shortcut in the morning, with lunch in Bruton, enables a longer visit to the Hauser & Wirth art gallery for an exhibition and/or for lunch or tea. This cuts 8.8 km/5.5 mi and 175m ascent, the resulting 16.2 km/10.1 mi walk is rated 3/10.
A shortcut towards the end, avoiding the final ascent up to Ridge Lane, cuts 1 km and 42m ascent.
An extension just before lunch, further up the Alham River valley, adds 2.3 km/1.5 mi and 112m ascent. [map-led only at the moment]
An extension in the afternoon adds 2.9 km/1.8 mi with 95m ascent. Bus line 667 from Shepton Montague to Bruton (or Castle Cary) enables a finish at The Montague Inn.
An alternative start from Castle Cary (one stop further along the same line, but with more frequent – and faster – train services) adds 3.9 km/2.5 mi and 88m ascent/descent.

Lunch and Tea

The Three Horseshoes Inn Batcombe, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6HE (01749 850 359). The Horseshoes is located 8.9 km/5.5 mi into the walk. Open 11.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00 Mon-Fri, 11.00-23.00 Sat and 12.00-22.30 Sun. Food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.00 daily.
Truffles Brasserie 95 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AR (01749 812 180). Truffles is located 15.9 km/9.9 mi into the main walk and 7.1 km/4.4 mi into the shortened walk. Open Wed-Sat 09.30-14.00.
At The Chapel High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AE (01749 814 070). The Chapel is located 15.9 km/9.9 mi into the main walk and 7.1 km/4.4 mi into the shortened walk. Open all day every day. Lunch served 12.00-15.00, dinner 18.00-21.30, on Sunday food is served 12.00-20.00. Pizza served all day. The Chapel is a Grade II listed former chapel, and the restaurant puts a Mediterranean touch to British food. It has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand every year since 2010.
The Sun Inn 33 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AH (01749 813 493). The Sun is located 15.8 km/9.9 mi into the main walk and 7.0 km/4.4 mi into the shortened walk. Open all day. Homemade food served 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-22.00 daily. With a full Persian Menu in the evenings.
The Bruton Castle 45 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AW (01749 812 104). The Castle is located 15.8 km/9.9 mi into the main walk and 7.0 km/4.4 mi into the shortened walk. Open 16.00-23.00 Mon, 19.00-23.00 Tue, 12.00-23.00 Wed-Thu, 12.00-24.00 Fri-Sat and 12.00-22.30 Sun. Food served Wed-Sun 12.00-14.30 and 17.30-21.30.
Matt’s Kitchen 51 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AW (01749 812 027). Open for dinner only: Wed, Thu and Fri. BYO with £3 corkage. Cash only.
Roth Bar & Grill Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0NL (01749 814 700). The Roth Bar & Grill is located 350m off-route, 16.8 km/10.5 mi into the main walk and 8.0 km/5.0 mi into the shortened walk. It is named after one of the more than 60 artists Hauser & Wirth are representing: Swissman Dieter Roth, and decorated with numerous art works along its walls and off its ceiling. It includes a site-specific bar created by Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of Dieter Roth. Open Tue-Sun from 10.00 for breakfast, lunch served 12.00-15.00 (-15.30 Sat-Sun), tea served 14.00-15.45, dinner served from 18.00 (Fri-Sat only). On weekends a pre-booking is recommended for lunch.
The Montague Inn Shepton Montague, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8JW (01749 813 213). The Montague is located 21.5 km/13.4 mi into main walk (or 12.7 km/7.9 mi into the shortened walk) if following the afternoon extension, and a friendly gastro pub. Open 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-23.00 Mon-Sat and 12.00-14.30 Sun. Food served 12.00-14.00 daily and 19.00-21.00 Mon-Sat.
Cole Manor Tea Rooms Cole Manor, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0PJ (01749 813 676). Open 10.00-17.00 Tues-Sun and Bank Holidays. Located 2.6 km from the end of all walk options.
The Godminster Farm Shop Station Road, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0EH (01749 813 733). The farm shop is selling beautifully packaged, vintage organic Cheddar, handmade Brie, gourmet crackers, tangy chutney, infused vodka spirit & more, as well as serving hot drinks. Open to 17.00 Mon-Fri, to 17.30 Sat and to 16.00 Sun. The farm itself is passed in the afternoon.

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