Broomfield Hill walk
Fyne Court, Broomfield, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2EQRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the Quantocks on a route that takes you through a secret garden, romantic meadows, ancient woodland and arable farmland. There are plenty of opportunities to see a variety of wildlife from Exmoor ponies to Highland cattle.
- Bus stop
Start: Fyne Court courtyard, grid ref: ST223320
From the information centre, walk out of the courtyard and follow the black arrows down a track. A short way down there's a gravelled path into the wood. Take the right hand split in the path and continue straight along past the walled garden on your right.
The main house burnt down in 1894 when a candle was left unattended. The library, music hall and coach house buildings are all that remain today.
Continue to follow the black route until you come to the gate leading into a field. At this point, stop following the black route and head towards the water trough. Continue across the field, bearing left to the gate heading towards the Duck Pool farm buildings. Go through gate and onto a quiet lane for about 400 metres to a T-junction.
Turn left at the T-junction and continue along lane for another 100 metres, before taking the footpath on the left taking you onto Broomfield Hill.
Look out for Highland cattle grazing on the herb-rich grassland. They are essential in helping to keep the grassland in tip-top condition for wildlife.
Keeping the enclosed field on your left, go through the kissing gate and turn right onto the footpath which will take you to the main road and the Travellers Rest pub. Take care crossing this busy road.
Go past the pub and turn right down the track with a sign for Manor Farm. Continue down this lane, past a collection of houses, and continue up the lane to the road at the top.
Cross straight over this road and follow the footpath immediately opposite. Be aware, this path gets very muddy. Keep to the main path and follow the bridleway signs until you eventually emerge onto the corner of a main road.
Cross straight over and follow the path leading straight up to Cothelstone Hill. On reaching the top, keep the clump of beach trees (Seven Sisters) on your left and aim for the path with the fencing on your right. Go through the squeeze gap and follow the footpath which has banks either side. Continue straight down until the yellow arrows indicate a right to a stile and an arable field.
Look out for Exmoor ponies, often found at the top of Cothelstone Hill near a ring of beech trees called the Seven Sisters. There are also great views taking in the Mendips, Poldens, Somerset Levels and Blackdown Hills, to name just a few.
Go across the arable field, following the yellow footpath arrows and look out for the stile in the hedge. Go over this stile and head towards Ivyton farm buildings.
Once at the farm, turn left walking away from the buildings and up the lane until you get to another steep footpath to your right leading down to the road with steep banks either side.
Cross straight over this road to the house and footpath opposite and follow this path uphill for approx half a mile. This is quite steep in places. Eventually the path comes out onto a road. Turn right and head towards the white houses on the corner and the T-junction. Turn left at the T-junction and walk down this lane until you reach the main entrance to Fyne Court which will take you back to the courtyard.
End: Fyne Court courtyard, grid ref: ST223320
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 6.5 miles (10.4km)
- Time: 3 hours
- OS Map: Explorer 140; Landranger 182
Circular route which includes two steep climbs up to Cothelstone Hill and on the final leg of the route past Roswell Farm. The route involves road crossings and a short walk along a quiet lane. There are various stiles, gates and a squeeze gap to negotiate and the paths can be very muddy in places. Dogs welcome on leads only.
- How to get here:
By bike: National Cycle Network Regional Route 33 passes about 5ml from Fyne Court. From here, head towards Broomfield along quiet, but occasionally hilly roads
By bus: services 23/23A/23B, Taunton - Bridgwater bus station, alight Kingston St. Mary. From here it is a 3ml walk up Lodes Lane (narrow lane next to bus Stop)
By train: Taunton & Bridgwater both 6ml
By car: exit M5 J24, then 6ml via North Petherton. Alternatively, exit M5 at Taunton, then 6ml towards Kingston St. Mary
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