Stage 2: Hinton Blewett to Midford — Limestone Link
Kit P planned a hike.
May 25, 2021
There’s little in the way of hills on this stage and, although you begin by gently descending from the Mendips, the hike is very gentle on the legs. Traversing Somerset’s wonderful pastoral landscape, you leave the Mendip AONB and cross the valley to reach the Cotswolds AONB. Viaducts, dismantled railways, fields and rivers combine to make this a truly delightful rural ramble.
Leave Hinton Blewett along the Cam stream to the north east, heading west to Lower Farm and then north along Nanny Hurn’s Lane, a gravel track, for a short way. The trail spurs off to the north east across the fields to Cholwell and onto the church of St Augustine, just south of Clutton.
The trail takes a right-angle turn and heads south east between Highbury Hill and Greyfield Wood to Stephen’s Vale Nature Reserve. A haven for flora and fauna, late spring and summer truly bring this reserve alive with flowers, butterflies and bees. Rejoin the Cam Brook and follow its meandering course east.
You hike alongside a dismantled railway and the ghostly remnants of the Somersetshire Coal Canal for much of the rest of this stage. Keep an eye out for evidence of the industrial past with bush-cloaked bridges and stone mooring points. Lanes, tracks and footpaths carry you to Splott Farm after which a riverside footpath takes you all the way to Combe Hay.
Combe Hay’s church and manor house are both majestic places to see in this village before continuing on the trail to Midford. This village has a remarkable amount of history despite its diminutive size. Two former railways cross here and a viaduct — now a cycle route — passes through the village. Find the Hope & Anchor pub here and use the D2 Bath to Frome bus route to reach nearby accommodation options.
June 9, 2021