A circular walk around Axbridge area visiting Ashton Windmill.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From Mount Pleasant Farm entrance, turn right along the road. Pass the end of Rawlings Lane and continue to Ashton Windmill. Take the footpath through the gates on the left and follow the right-hand edge of the field.
Towards the end, leave the field edge, aiming for a stile in the bottom hedge.
Cross the field ahead to a gate into Quab Lane.
(1) Turn right and walk down the lane for 300 yards. Beyond Brook Farm, take the signposted footpath on the left, which runs down a garden wall then swings left to a bridge over a ditch.
Walk up the middle of the field beyond to a gap in a hedge, then turn left to a stile. Turn right and follow the field edge to a gate into the corner. Beyond this gate, follow the hedge on the left then, when it turns left, cross to a gate near the far corner of the field.
(2) In the next field, turn right to the next gate. In the far right-hand corner of the next field, another gate gives access to a farm track which swings to the left. Before it does, take the narrower, tree-lined path on the right. This path bends left after 350 yards, then right into a wider farm track that leads out between farm buildings to the road.
Turn left and follow the road right and left to a road junction. Turn right through a metal gate, just beyond a track opposite the side road.
(3) Head diagonally through a cider orchard to a metal hand-gate. Turn right along the brow of the hill (with a hedge on your right and views to the Mendips on your left). After three fields, cross a stile on the right and switch to the other side of the hedge, passing over two further stiles.
Keep right of a hedge corner onto a track that leads to a further stile at the end of a projecting finger of the field.
(4) After a further stile, leave the hedge and strike out along the contour below a golf green on your right, crossing a golfers’ path. On meeting the corner of a thick hedge, go through a gap and turn briefly right, before emerging and following the hedge on your left.
The path runs parallel to the 13th fairway, passing a bin and bench, to a wooden kissing gate and stile within a belt of woodland.
(5) Beyond this, walk down the left-hand side of a field to a gate into Manor Lane, Wedmore. Turn left to the B3151 and then right past the village hall. Beyond the Swan on your left, turn right into Church Street and follow it past the George.
(6) Walk through the churchyard and exit next to the war memorial, continuing along Church Street. Take the first right (Lascot Hill), signposted to Stoughton and Weare. After 100 yards, turn left into a driveway with a footpath
(7) Beyond a house called Lynwood, take a hedged path to the left of a driveway, which leads between gardens to a stile on the right into a field. Cross the field diagonally to a hand-gate within a metal field gate. Follow the field edge for a short distance then turn right through another gate.
Walk up the field to the right of a small solar farm to a double stile in the corner. Follow the left-hand side of the next field to a stile into a driveway. Turn left past a private gate then right onto a grassy track to another metal gate with a hand-gate built into it.
(8) Proceed along a tree-lined path to a stile, and a second in quick succession, then head diagonally to a third and fourth stile either side of the end of a grassy track.
Keep left to a fifth and sixth stile, then walk along the right-hand edge of a narrow paddock and an old orchard, to emerge into a lane by a house. Turn left for a few yards, then turn right over another stile in the opposite hedge. Bear left to another stile, then cross diagonally left to a gap in the hedge.
Go through the gap and turn right along the right-hand edge of a couple of fields out to another lane.
(9) Turn left past Snow Meadow Farm then right into a no-through road. After the last house, follow a hedged byway which bears left and descends to a road. Turn right and follow the road to Ashton village.
(10) At the road junction in Ashton, turn left into a no-through road then almost immediately right onto a footpath just beyond a driveway. Walk down through paddocks to a stile in the bottom right-hand corner then cross a narrow field to a second stile.
Follow the left-hand hedge to a double hand-gate either side of a plank footbridge. Turn half-left across the field beyond and walk down to the right of a small copse to a stile into the lane opposite the parish church in Chapel Allerton.
(11) Turn right and walk up through the village. At a T-junction by Harewood House, turn right then left into Rawlings Lane. At the top of the lane, turn left to return to Mount Pleasant Farm. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 38m
1 : km 1.1 - alt. 41m - Brook Farm
2 : km 2.16 - alt. 53m - Farm track
3 : km 3.19 - alt. 51m - Cider orchard
4 : km 4.24 - alt. 59m - Golf green
5 : km 5.11 - alt. 19m - Belt of woodland - B3151
6 : km 5.49 - alt. 23m - Churchyard
7 : km 5.83 - alt. 39m - Small solar farm
8 : km 6.57 - alt. 53m - Grassy track - Old orchard
9 : km 7.84 - alt. 38m - Snow Meadow Farm
10 : km 9.38 - alt. 29m - Ashton village
11 : km 9.93 - alt. 20m - Harewood House
D/A : km 10.74 - alt. 37m
Field paths may be muddy in places and there are numerous stiles on this route.
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Ashton Windmill is a Grade II* listed windmill, built in the 18th century to a typical Somerset design. It is open from 2.30 to 4.30 on Sundays from Easter to September and Wednesdays in July and August.
Axbridge, though now smaller than its famous neighbour Cheddar, is historically the more important settlement. The half-timbered King John’s Hunting Lodge, built c.1460, houses a local museum.
Cheddar Gorge forms an obvious defile in the southern slope of the Mendip Hills and is well seen across the Axe valley section of the Somerset Levels from the Isle of Wedmore.
Mount Pleasant Bed & Breakfast
Chapel Allerton, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2PP
Tel. (01934) 710285
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