Walking

Walking trail

Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp walk

Walking trail

This route will take you through some of the often-missed but nonetheless beautiful countryside in South Somerset.

Departing from the old sheepwash, you immediately find yourself in narrow and virtually unused country lanes, before heading off into the fields. On arriving in Shepton Beauchamp you can visit the grand Ham stone church of St Michael's before walking back over the hill toward Barrington. The view of Barrington Court as you descend from the brow of the hill is not seen by many but it's probably the best view there is.

Barrington Court estate, Somerset

Map

Map route for Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp walk

Start:

Visitor reception, Barrington Court, grid ref: ST398183

1

From the main car park walk up the concrete road and turn left into the cricket field. Cross the cricket field and follow the path into the trees, which leads you into the large field adjoining a ha-ha and to the south front of Barrington Court. Note the waymark stone immediately to your left as you enter this field and follow the path straight ahead until you get to the next waymark, called the 'sheepwash'.

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2

As you look at the 'sheepwash' waymark you'll see a kissing gate to your left. Go through this and turn immediately right. After a few paces turn right through the field boundary again and continue straight ahead past the end of the old sheepwash itself. Follow the track for 330yd (300m) or so and, at the end of it, turn left on to Marsh Lane, which is tarmac but little used by vehicles. After walking for 500yd (450m) or so, turn right at the signpost which says 'Shepton Beauchamp - half a mile' into the field and, keeping the ditch to your right, walk towards the distant higher ground. At the corner of the field turn right and then immediately left, continuing uphill towards the gap in the hedge and a stile.

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3

If, at the stile, you turn round for a while and look in the direction you have just come from, you will get a great view of the distant Curry Rivel ridge and the Burton Pynsent monument, built in 1765. Continuing your walk, and keeping the field boundary to your left, continue to the gateway in the corner of the field, with the playground and its zip wire to the right. As you emerge onto the road, turn immediately right into the playing fields, continuing straight ahead and with the boundary to your left on the path, which becomes surfaced. Follow the path to, and then past, the allotments, cross the narrow lane using the steps and into another field which gives great views to your left. The path eventually comes to a stile; cross this and the next stile you come to, onto a tarmaced road.

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4

When on the tarmaced road, turn left and, on a sharp left-hand bend, take a left turn up a driveway to Hillside Farm (still on the Public Footpath). At the top left-hand side of the driveway, you'll find the path running straight ahead. When you cross the next stile, you have a choice: if you turn left down the path it will take you to the village of Shepton Beauchamp, with its pub 'The Duke of York', Post Office/shop and St Michael's church. To continue the loop walk, turn right through a pedestrian gate and continue up the hill, keeping the hedge to your left. At the brow of the hill there are fine views of the distant Quantock Hills before you descend the steps, enter the next field and continue downhill. It's in this field that Barrington Court can be seen at its best, nestled into its parkland.

End:

Visitor reception, Barrington Court, grid ref: ST398183

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Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp walk

Terrain

Fairly easy-going circular walk with some uphill stretches. No major obstacles other than stiles, steps and kissing gates. Surfaces are generally good and the path is well defined.

This walk is ideal for dogs although we ask that dogs do not go onto the lawns or into the gardens.

Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp walk

Contact us

Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp walk

How to get here

Address
Barrington Court, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ
By train

Crewkerne, 7 miles (11km).

By road

On B3168, signposted from A358 (Ilminster to Taunton) or A303 (Hayes End roundabout).

By foot

Numerous public footpaths.

By bus

Stagecoach 632/3, Ilminster to Martock, with connections to service 30 from Taunton.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 30, cycle hire available in Langport (01458 250350).

Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome but please don't allow them to go onto the lawns or into the gardens