Stage 3: Wiveliscombe to Langford Budville — West Deane Way
Kit P planned a hike.
July 12, 2021
This penultimate stage first leads you up a steep hill to get the blood flowing before taking you down to the infant River Tone. You spend a lot of the hike following this growing river, skirting the flanks of hills and exploring pretty woodlands. There are some sections where you leave the river, either heading over hills or taking shortcuts to cut across its meandering loops. You finish in the village of Langford Budville, a little to the north east of Wellington.
Head out of Wiveliscombe to the west, using a steep but quiet lane to reach the top of Maundown Hill. A lane takes you around the summit and down through steep woodland to Washbattle Bridge. Here, you meet the River Tone, a mere fraction of the width you first saw in Taunton. The trail leads downriver through glorious woods.
You rise above the river after crossing over and reach Waterrow, a hamlet with a magnificent pub on the riverbank. The valley is particularly steep-sided here and it’s a marvellous setting for the timbered Rock Inn. Keep heading south, crossing the Tone again on a lane and taking a footpath heading downstream. Another crossing at Hagley Bridge sets you off on a bridleway south, eventually turning west, away from the river briefly and up the eastern end of Heniton Hill. When you reach the village of Ashbrittle, be sure to head to the churchyard to find its ancient yew tree.
Hike along the lane heading eastwards, descending to cross the river. Next up is the village of Appleby, after which you’ll hike across fields to the phenomenal Cothay Manor, an extraordinarily beautiful place with magnificent gardens. Walk along a short stretch of disused railway to High Wellisford and turn north, crossing the Tone and hiking up to Langford Budville, where the stage ends. Find accommodation at the Martlet Inn.
July 20, 2021
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