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Stage 2: Hinton Blewett to Midford — Limestone Link

Stage 2: Hinton Blewett to Midford — Limestone Link

Difficult
05:58
14.2 mi
2.4 mph
400 ft
750 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
3.95 mi
11.8 mi
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Combe Hay Manor

Hiking Highlight

11.8 mi
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Combe Hay Parish Church

Hiking Highlight

13.9 mi
14.2 mi
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Midford Viaduct

Hiking Highlight

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 0.29 mi
Hiking Path: 9.22 mi
Path: 2.68 mi
Footpath: < 109 yd
Street: 0.50 mi
Road: 1.44 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 9.25 mi
Unpaved: 0.31 mi
Gravel: 0.30 mi
Paved: 1.53 mi
Asphalt: 0.30 mi
Unknown: 2.51 mi

Weather Forecast

Kit P planned a hike.

May 25, 2021

Comments

  • Kit P

    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

Kit P

Stage 2: Hinton Blewett to Midford — Limestone Link