A Somerset walk - Buckland Dinham to Beckington "“ and back
Fri Nov 04 00:00:00 GMT 2011
- Start: St Michael and All Angels, Buckland Dinham
- End: St Michael and All Angels, Buckland Dinham
- Country: England
- County: Somerset
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub: At the start or end of your walk, The Bell at Buckland Dinham; at Beckington, see text above
- Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 142 and 143
- Difficulty: Medium
Autumn is a time of 'extras'... extra heating, lighting and clothing, water-proofing and eating. So why not extra walking? Put a few hours aside, pop some essential gear in your rucksack, and have a go at this walk.
Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km) Time: 3-4 hours depending on
length of refreshment stop Exertion: Medium
Boots on? Lets go!
1 Situated in the middle of Buckland Dinham, just off the A362 where off-road parking is available, the church of St Michael and All Angels dates from around 1200. Facing the lych gate, a public footpath is signposted to Lullington, 2 miles. Walk down the narrow path to two stiles, cross over and take the path diagonally to the bottom of the field, cross over a double stile and turn left. Stay in this field edging around to the left, and keep the hedge on your left until you reach two large oak trees on your left. See signs for a public footpath. Go left and then immediately right over stile. Continue up with hedge on your left to woodlands at the top and stile. Please note, sheep may be in this field so dogs must be on leads. Go over the stile into woodlands and go straight ahead on track until you come to a stack of wood on the right. Cross over the track to footpath signs on an oak tree, and continue to an opening and gates to Orchardleigh Park and golf course.
Cross over next to the cattle grid and stay on the road through beautiful trees until you see signs to the church to the right. (This is an optional extra either at this point or on your return.)
Pass this post and take second signpost on the left crossing diagonally over golf course towards a black-and-white flag. Take care to look left and right as there may be golfers approaching.
As you keep walking ahead, you will notice a stile. Cross over and walk to corner of the field. Lullington Church will come into view as you pass elephant grass on your left. Continue to the road and turn right to Lullington.
2 Turn right at a telephone box and walk down the cul-de-sac to two gates. Go through both. Follow narrow pathway passing a huge oak tree on left and turn left at sign post (with map on the top). Cross road, looking left at the Gate House (no through way). Follow path through bushes and at the next signpost with map, turn left to road and stile. Cross over.
Notice a beautiful weir on your left as you walk towards footbridge on your right.
3 Cross over footbridge and turn immediately left over stile and turn right following the path across a field to double gates in the middle of a hedge. A few exquisite Jersey cows may be grazing in the area. Go through the gates, turn left and walk diagonally up to the top right-hand side of the field. There is a Macmillan signpost. Cross over and keep hedgerow on your left until you meet two gargoyles.
Continue up this pathway with grey building on right. You will see a sight post to the left. Ignore this but at this point you can continue on to Stubbs Lane, and then Beckington main street will appear on your left, or turn right to return. It is well worth a visit to see the beautiful buildings of Beckington.
4 Beckington is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and pre-Industrial Revolution it became a place of some importance as a result of the wool trade. Evidence of the clothiers marks is in the church and by many large houses in the main street.
Light refreshments can be taken in Beckington in the Woolpack Inn or Mes Amis coffee shop on the right of the main street. (Mes Amis is not open on Sundays.)
Return back to Stubbs Lane and continue back along the path until you reach a signpost on the left which reads Lullington via River Frome footbridge. Take this route until you meet a seven-barred steel gate and turn sharp right. Go down the hill over wooden steps to kissing gate at the bottom. You will see the footbridge ahead of you that you walked over earlier. Head towards this, keeping barbed wire fence on your right.
Cross the road and stile and turn right. It is possible to meander to the left but I feel it is now a good time to open up the throttle, go up a gear and take the main pathway through Orchardleigh Park, which you will see ahead of you.
Turn left on this path and walk through the magnificent trees all the way back to the entrance of the golf course. Notice the lake on your left and Orchardleigh House and stables.
At the cattle grid, go right between two oak trees and continue. You are now backtracking. See the pile of wood on your left, pass this and not veering off left or right and continue in the woods until you see the stile that takes you out and down the hill. Go left and right at the bottom after the stile and edge around the field with the hedge on your right. Cross over the double stile into the field where you will see St Andrews Church at the top.
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Start: : St Michael and All Angels, Buckland Dinham
Map: OS Explorer 142 and 143
Terrain: Fields, woodlands, footpaths, paths and short sections on roads
Refreshments: At the start or end of your walk, The Bell at Buckland Dinham; at Beckington, see text above
Public transport: Bus information at Tourist Information Centre 01373 467271
Child/dog-friendly: some stiles. Dogs on leads