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British Walking Federation

THE HOLYWELL TRAIL ORGANISED BY SOMERSET LEVELS AND MOORS STROLLERS

ROUTE SUBJECT TO FLOODING - IN WET WEATHER PLEASE CHECK WITH ORGANISER BEFORE TRAVELLING

CONTACT: Brian Tilbury, Holywell House, Holywell Road, Edington, Somerset TA7 9LB
Tel: 01278 722208 E-mail: briantilbury@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 10km This trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to the number of field footpaths used.
ENTRY FEE: £1.50 Cheques payable to: Somerset Levels and Moors Strollers.
AWARD: Embroidered badge at £2.50
START VENUE: Holywell House, Holywell Rd, Edington, Bridgewater (Map 140 GR ST389400) Enter at start by prior arrangement
CAR PARKING: Available at Holywell House by prior arrangement or in the small layby opposite the house.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest train station is Bridgwater and a ‘first’ bus service no. 375 runs hourly from Bridgwater to Wells and passes through the village of Edington. You need to request the bus to stop at Edington cross roads where you will alight and then walk down Holywell Road for approx. 500m in the direction of Burtle to the bottom of the hill and after the bends sharply to the right, Holywell House is the 3rd house on the left.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated January 2010)

From Holywell House TR into Holywell Road and continue to corner. As road bends sharply to the left, continue straight ahead into Chandlers Lane and continue to end and proceed straight ahead into Broadmead Lane ignoring Broadmead Lane on the left. Continue on this lane passing Edington pumping station on right and round bends first to the left and then to the right and after approx one km the lane bends to the right round “Broadmead Farm” continue on lane passing entrance to house on left.

Q.1 What is the name of the house on the left?

Continue along lane to reach T junction TR and cross road and in twenty metres TL on public footpath and proceed on right hand side of field through opening in hedge and continue on right hand side of next field cross stile and continue straight ahead still keeping to right hand side of field turning left at end and continue up on right hand side of field with hedge on right and after approx 250 metres TR through gateway in hedge and continue straight across field to gate. Go through gate and follow drove to reach road. TR onto road and immediately pass “Orchard Cottage” on right and continue on road passing “The Crown Inn” on right.

Q.2 Who are the Licensees’ named over the entrance to the Inn?

Continue on road and after passing 30mph speed restriction signs and as road bends to the right, continue straight ahead on road up hill with bungalows on left and right. At top, at T junction TL with Royal Mail pillar box on left and continue on road round to the right taking left fork and passing cottage on left called “Sunny View” and at T junction with Manor Road TL and continue straight ahead into Langland Lane. Ignore the ‘No Through Road’ sign and continue along this lane passing farm on left and “Langlands Farm“ on right and on to drove with fine views of the famous Glastonbury Tor ahead of you. On reaching three gates ignore those on left and right and pass through middle gate with public footpath sign on left hand side of gate. Continue ahead on left hand side of field keeping hedge on left to corner of field. Pass through gap in hedge over stile and wooden footbridge and continue straight ahead on left of field with hedge on left and leave field at wide gate posted opening and proceed straight ahead on public footpath ignoring the public footpath to the left and continue along this drove passing “Kent Farm” on left and continue on lane and as lane bends round to the left ignore footpath on right and continue on lane and just after lane bends round to the right you will pass Monks Drive on left and continue on lane and after passing 30mph speed restriction signs TR on lane and continue for approx 150 metres to reach T junction.

Q.3 What is the name on the side of the long building on the left before the T junction?

At T junction TR and pass 30mph de-restriction signs and walk on right hand side of road to face any oncoming traffic and after approx 200 metres as road bears round to the left continue straight ahead on farm track with public footpath sign towards Manor Farm with splendid views of the Mendip Hills on right. On reaching Manor Farm take the track straight ahead passing the farm on right and continue along this track following public footpath signs to reach wide grass area with hedges on left and right and after approx 400 metres pass through gate and continue straight ahead on right hand side of field with hedge on right to reach wooden footbridge and stile. Cross over and continue ahead on right hand side of field with hedge on right and at end of field TR over stile and wooden footbridge and immediately TL and walk up left hand side of field with hedge on left cross over three further stiles and continue ahead on pathway to reach road. TL and at T junction with Lippetts Way TR and continue on right hand side of road to face oncoming traffic to reach King William Road and “The King William Inn”. TR into King William Road passing “The King William Inn” on left and a large commemorative stone on the right.

Q.4 What is commemorated by the large stone on the right?

Continue down King William Road and at next road on left TL into Church Way. At church, pass through kissing gate on to path passing the church on right and through a second kissing gate and follow footpath to road. NB - The house on your right is called “Tarry House” due, it is said, to the fact that it was at this house that the Pilgrims rested (tarried) on their pilgrimage to Glastonbury. On reaching road, TR and cross over road walking on left hand side of road passing cottage on left called “Sunny Side” and after passing house on left called “Inglenook” and immediately before Catcott Primary School TL through small car park to reach footpath. Follow this footpath round through gate and pass the school playing fields on right, over stile and cross footbridge and immediately TR down through middle of field and after approx 100 metres TL over stile into drove and immediately TR over wooden bridge and further stile (or if not wet go through opening in hedge by the side of the stile) and proceed down right hand side of field with hedge on right. At bottom of field TL and continue on right hand side of field keeping hedge on right to reach and pass through metal gate. Cross wooden sleeper bridge and pass through second metal gate into next field. Continue ahead on right hand side of field with hedge on right to reach corner of field with ‘Bristol’ gate on right. TR through gate and visit the Holy Well on right before TL on road to return to Holywell House and end of walk.

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.

This trail is registered until 31 December 2016