Walking

Walking trail

Drove Road, Great and Marrow Hills, Somerset

Walking trail

Walk the tracks that man has used for hundreds of years, whilst enjoying the stunning views and quiet beauty of this part of the Quantock Hills.

The old Drove Road on the Quantocks, Somerset

Map

Map route for Drove Road, Great and Marrow Hills walk

Start:

Crowcombe Park Gate car park, grid ref: ST150375

1

From the West Hill sign, follow the track in the direction of Triscombe Stone, as signposted.

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2

Roughly 700 feet (200 metres) from the start, go through the gate at the NT boundary and continue along the Drove Road. After another 1,300 feet (400 metres), the left-hand section of the track drops into a gully; numerous beech trees grow across the track as well as in the hedgebanks.

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3

Once through this 'copse' of trees there are gates on the right. Go through the gates, navigate around the pond and proceed down Little Quantock Combe, keeping the beech hedgebank on your right. The slope downhill is moderately steep, with views over the vale below and onto the Brendon Hills and Exmoor beyond.

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4

As you approach the bottom of the combe there are double metal gates. Turn left up a steep slope before the gates and proceed along the path at the bottom of Great Hill. This path is a mix of steep and level sections. Look out for old hawthorn bushes, oak trees and foxgloves along this path.

5

Continue along the path, keeping the stock fence on your right, until you reach a row of beech trees in a bank to your left. Go through the gate and continue on through Ladybird Wood, initially through oak, hawthorn, holly, elder and coppiced hazel and then into the conifer section with Wills Neck 1,260 feet (384 metres high) as the background.

6

Emerging from the wood, bear left and head up Triscombe Combe. Notice the disused quarry to the left and the exposed roots of the beech trees in the bank. The going is moderately steep.

7

About two thirds of the way up the combe, follow the track to the right going diagonally up and across Marrow Hill, ignoring a subsequent fork to the left.

8

Continue across Marrow Hill until you reach a stile between two beech trees. Go over the stile and head diagonally to the top corner of the field. There's a good view of the disused Triscombe quarry to your right.

9

At Triscombe Stone proceed left along the Drove Road. Admire the ancient beech trees which form the avenue of this road.

10

Pass through the NT boundary at these gates and continue along the road back to the start position. As well as the scene towards Exmoor to the left there are some good views of the combes of the Quantock Forest to the right as you walk back.

End:

Crowcombe Park Gate car park, grid ref: ST150375

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Drove Road, Great and Marrow Hills, Somerset

Terrain

Walk begins on a level track which can be quite muddy in wet conditions, but then progresses to gentle undulations along the Drove Road; usually dry in all weathers but exposed to the wind. Going up and down the combes is moderately steep but usually fairly dry and sheltered. The path along the bottom of Great Hill is fairly easy going with a few steep sections.

Drove Road, Great and Marrow Hills, Somerset

Contact us

Telephone: 01643 862452
 
Email: fynecourt@nationaltrust.org.uk
 
Drove Road, Great and Marrow Hills, Somerset

How to get here

Address
Crowcombe Park Gate car park
By road
From north take junction 23/24 on M5. At Bridgwater take A39 towards Minehead, follow signs for Over Stowey then Crowcombe. West Hill entrance is on left just prior to descending the hill into Crowcombe. From south take junction 26/25 on M5. At Taunton take A358 to Crowcombe then drive up Crowcombe Combe. From centre of Crowcombe (road junction between church and school) take road up Crowcombe Combe, signposted Over Stowey.  A steep climb on a metalled road to cattle grid, then West Hill entrance stile.
 
From Minehead take A39/A358 to Crowcombe, then as above.
By foot

From centre of Crowcombe (road junction between church and school) take road up Crowcombe Combe, signposted Over Stowey.  A steep climb on a metalled road to cattle grid, then West Hill entrance stile.

By bus

First Bus 28 and Webber Bus 18, Taunton to Minehead, alight main road adjacent to Crowcombe village. Walk into village. From centre of Crowcombe (road junction between church and school) take road up Crowcombe Combe, signposted Over Stowey.  A steep climb on a metalled road to cattle grid, then West Hill entrance stile.

By bicycle

Bridleway networks across the surrounding hills or roads from adjacent villages.

Drove Road, Great and Marrow Hills, Somerset

Facilities and access

  • Car park