Bonham Wood walk

Walking trail

Explore Bonham wood on this short, circular walk which takes you behind the Temple of Apollo through picturesque woodland, returning along the disused airfield that formed part of RAF Zeals during the Second World War. Look out for wild daffodils and bluebells throughout the woodland during spring.

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Bluebells in the woods at Stourhead


Walk through Bonham Wood at Stourhead in Wilsthire


Stourhead visitor reception, grid ref: ST778340


From the main car park, go through visitor reception. Take the zig zag path toward the walled garden. Where the path splits into four, take a sharp left on to a grass track. Follow this track with the field and St Peter’s Church on your right.


Continue on the track through the woodland. Go past a green barrier and turn left where the track forks uphill and then turn right once you’ve reached the top. The Temple of Apollo and views of the garden can be seen to the right. Keep straight on this track dropping down into the woodland, past another green barrier, leaving the garden behind and to your right. Continue on the main track through Bonham Wood for about ½ a mile.

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Follow the track around to the left as it ascends to join the road. Being mindful of traffic turn left and walk along the road. You will see Bonham manor and cottages on your left, along with Bonham Garden of Remembrance. This garden was established to commemorate those members of the community whose gravestones had been moved when the manor gardens were re-laid. Continue for another 300 yards, then turn left and onto the disused airfield which once formed part of RAF Zeals.


Walk along the airfield for approximately ½ a mile. About 100 yards before the airfield reaches the road turn left onto a hard surfaced path. Follow this until you reach a T-junction, turn left and after about 100 yards turn right, back into the main visitor car park.

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Stourhead visitor reception, grid ref: ST778340

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The paths are mostly surfaced with natural woodland floor, gravel or grass. The route is mostly flat and easily accessible but there are some slopes through the woodland. The paths can be muddy and boggy in wet weather, so sturdy footwear is advisable.

You're free to walk your dog along this route, but please do keep them under control at all times for wildlife conservation.

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How to get here

Stourhead visitor reception, grid ref: ST778340
By train

Gillingham station is 6.5 miles (10.4km); Bruton station is 7 miles (11.2km) away.

By road

At Stourton, off B3092, 3 miles (5km) north-west of Mere (A303), 8 miles (13km) south of Frome (A361).

By bus

Frome Minibuses 82 Warminster to Mere; First 58/158 Shaftesbury to Wincanton (passing Gillingham train station), alight Zeals, 1¼ mile (400m).

By bicycle

Wiltshire Cycle Way runs through estate.

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Facilities and access

  • Restaurant, parking, shop and toilet facilities at Stourhead
  • Dogs are welcome under close control