New Walk, we'll take the opportunity to check the walk directions.
Length: 25.1 km (15.7 mi) [longer and shorter walks possible
, see pdf for details]
Ascent/Descent: 472m; Net Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Another walk far away, with advantages for early bookers (Advance Ticket Prices at time of posting are as quoted below). Start either from Bruton (longer journey with some waiting time in Westbury [but with a decent waiting room with hot drinks]) or from Castle Cary (this makes for a longer walk, but you’ll probably meet the Bruton starters along the way due to the earlier start).
Take the 08.35 Paignton train from Paddington (09.03 Reading), change at Westbury (arr. 09.56, dep. 10.37) to arrive Bruton 10.58 (£20.00) or stay on the train past Westbury to arrive Castle Cary 10.16 (£16.50).
Return trains from Bruton (which is a very nice place to while away some time):
18.02 via Castle Cary (46 mins wait, 500m to a pub), dep. CC 18.53, arr. Paddington 20.37; £20.00. 21.29
19.01 via Castle Cary (41 mins wait, 500m to a pub), dep. CC 19.47, arr. Paddington 21.36; £20.00.
19.40 via Westbury (16 mins wait) and Swindon (8 mins wait), arr. Paddington 22.23; £20.00.
via Bath Spa (22 mins wait), arr. Paddington 00.33
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 (16.2 km/10.1 mi, rated 3/10)
leaves enough time for an extended visit to it and/or its fascinating bar and restaurant (exhibition at time of walk: Rashid Johnson
The recommended lunch stop on the main walk is a fine country inn in Batcombe.
A start from Castle Cary (with faster and more frequent trains) adds about 50 minutes of walking. Lunch
: The Three Horseshoes Inn
(8.9 km/5.5 mi) on the full walk, and any of four choices in Bruton
(7.1 km/4.4 mi, see pdf for details) and the Roth Bar & Grill
at Hauser & Wirth (8.0 km/5.0 mi) on the short walk (pre-booking recommended at the Roth). Tea/Dinner: Roth Bar & Grill
(as above), Cole Manor Tea Rooms
hamlet (2.6 km from the end), or The Godminster Farm Shop
near the station or any of five choices in Bruton
(see pdf for details).
, route map
, height profile
, photos, walk directions
and gpx/kml files