A Criss-Cross of Bridges

Take in a lively stretch of the River Tone, a new wildlife mural, and the Mill Stream running through Goodland Gardens. Visit by day you’ll see Little Egrets hunting for fish, and at dusk, you might be joined by bats who are out hunting for their supper.

Technical sheet
No. 14007910
A Somerset walk posted on 27/08/21 by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Update : 27/08/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 0h35[?]
Distance Distance : 1.97km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 4m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 4m
Highest point Highest point : 19m
Lowest point Lowest point : 15m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Somerset
Starting point Starting point : N 51.020089° / W 3.10022°
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Description

(D/A) Start on the path by the river, directly outside Viridor House. Turn left and follow the path under the A3038. Look out for coots (white beaks), moorhens (red beaks) and mallards.

Approach the Brewhouse on your left, and take a moment to look at the dragon eggs (on the left) and continue walking past a car park on your left towards a bridge.

Take care crossing the road. Use the pedestrian crossing approx. 40m to your left. Continue ahead to the River Tone Story Trail Information Board and then along the river, crossing a small black metal bridge to your right into the tranquil Goodland Gardens.

(1) Follow the left-hand path to make a loop of the gardens, then turn left at the path and head towards the metal bridge and turn right to approach the bridge.

Make your way up the slope, from where you can see the beautiful river mural underneath the big bridge. Turn right to cross the bridge (Tangier Way). You may see chubb or grayling in the water below. Follow the pavement until you rejoin the footpath to the right.

Continue left along the path on this side of the river. Cross back over the river at the decorative bridge, and re‐cross the road at the pedestrian crossing.

(2) Follow the path back past the Brewhouse, where you can re-cross on a smaller bridge on your left heading towards Morrisons.

Continue on the far side of the river and until you reach another small bridge. You can either complete the extra loop or cross the bridge and turn right to walk back up to the starting point.(D/A)

For the extra loop : Follow the path past the lock, then follow the blue sign to Bridgwater and Creech St Michael, over a red brick footbridge and down to the Children’s Wood information board. Follow the path alongside the canal, under a big bridge. Take the right hand fork, to walk alongside an orchard to your right. Cross the footbridge, and turn right to continue on the path next to the river, all the way back to Viridor House. Look out for kingfishers and herons in this stretch of the river.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 15m - Viridor House
1 : km 0.54 - alt. 17m - Gardens
2 : km 1.3 - alt. 18m - Bridge
D/A : km 1.97 - alt. 15m - Viridor House

Useful Information

Hard surface throughout.
Walkers need appropriate footwear.

More details : https://www.somersetwildlife.org/wildlif...

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Grey Wagtail
A beautiful bird with a grey back, bright yellow underneath and long-wagging tail. Spot them around running water, where they like to breed.

Otter
Look for dark smears of poo with fish bones in them on prominent stones or logs. This is how the Otter marks its territory.

Banded Demoiselle
Seen fluttering slowly over the water, the bright, metallic-blue male is searching for the greeny coloured female.

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