Layers of landscapes walk at Montacute

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The view across the East Court and beyond to the parkland


Layers of landscapes


Old Kitchen Garden car park, Montacute, grid ref: ST499172


From the car park follow go through reception head toward point 21 on your welcome leaflet. On entering the park, bear left until you're in front of the house, turn right and walk the length of the Lime Avenue.

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At the top of the avenue, by the bench, turn left, walking along the hedgeline. Keep following the park hedgeline around until you see a pedestrian gate on the right marked Mill Copse. Proceed into the copse, bearing left.

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Cross the brook before bearing left towards the field gate. Cross the stile back into the park, turn right and continue following the hedgeline. Please note: if wet take care crossing the brook or do not enter the copse and continue walking in the park, taking a look at the mill by entering the stile exit.

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On reaching a pedestrian gate at right angles to a stone wall, attached to a hedge, continue through and follow the track, bearing right through an orchard to a field/pedestrian gate at a road junction.


Leave the orchard and cross the road, before turning left and walking along the pavement, entering 'the rec' on your right between the stone wall. Follow the hedgeline on the left until you reach an iron kissing gate.


Continue through the gate and the next kissing gate before reaching a stile directly ahead. Pass into woodland, turning right along the path (or stay grassland side and bear right) until reaching a field gate/stile within the woodland fence line. Walk up a gravel track to the tower.

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Descend from the tower via the gravel track, bearing left within the woodland at a field gate/stile at the bottom. If you're feeling adventurous, bear right at first bend down from the tower, both routes exiting at a stile into grassland. Bear left before crossing a ditch onto a bank, following a hedgeline to your right and then through an iron kissing gate.


Follow path through farm buildings before turning right and through two pedestrian gates to Hollow Lane. Cross road and enter field through the gate directly ahead.


Continue into field before turning right at footpath post, heading along the ridge to a pedestrian gate into woodland. Follow the woodland path to the right before bearing left to the top and then sharp left, remaining in the woodland.


Follow the path, descending to a kissing gate onto the road at the school entrance. Walk along this road, crossing over to Back Lane, just to the right.


Re-enter the park, either through the iron kissing gate or the field gate on the right. Bear left and continue along hedgeline until meeting a pedestrian gate on the left back to the Old Kitchen car park.


Old Kitchen Garden car park, Montacute, grid ref: ST499172

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Layers of landscapes walk at Montacute


Fairly easy terrain with some short, steep climbs on St Micheal's. Alternative, more gradual routes are located nearby. The route can also be broken into individual loops: The Park; St Micheal's and Ladies Walk.

Dogs welcome; please keep on leads where livestock are grazing and whilst crossing roads. Dog bin located at start/end of walk.

Layers of landscapes walk at Montacute

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Layers of landscapes walk at Montacute

How to get here

Montacute House, Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP
By train

Yeovil Pen Mill, 5.5 miles (8.8km); Yeovil Junction, 7 miles (11km) (bus to Yeovil Bus Station); Crewkerne, 7 miles (11km).

By road

In Montacute village, 4 miles (6.4km) west of Yeovil, on south side of A3088, 3 miles (4.8km) east of A303; signposted. Postcode for Sat Nav: TA15 6XP.

By foot

At Montacute village go to The Borough and through main entrance to Montacute House to car park.  Leyland Trail and Monarch Trail both pass through Montacute Park.

By bus

South West Coaches 81, Yeovil Bus Station to South Petherton (passing within ¾ mile (1km) of Yeovil Pen Mill Railway Station). Alight at The Borough, Montacute.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Regional Route 30, (South Somerset Cycle Route).  Generally flat with some descents into Montacute; a mixture of 'B' roads and country lanes.

Layers of landscapes walk at Montacute

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome; please keep on leads where livestock are grazing and whilst crossing roads