A hearty 9 mile walk along the Wansdyke, through South Stoke to Midford, following the south bank of the Midford Brook to Brassknocker Basin and returning via the Circuit of Bath route to the start.
We start our walk from the Odd Down Park and Ride and take a level route along the Wansdyke before crossing fields to the village of South Stoke from where we descend to Upper Midford before joining the Circuit of Bath route for a short distance. We then stop at Midford Station for a coffee break. At Midford we cross the Midford Brook and follow its South Bank until we cross the A36.
We make our way to the Brassknocker Basin for a lunch stop at the Angel Fish, where there will be a chance to buy refreshments and use the facilities. We then follow the Circuit of Bath route back to the start. Going through Monkton Combe and Tucking Mill before arriving back at Midford. We continue along the Limestone Link following the route of the Somerset Coal Canal before a steep ascent to the Millennium Viewpoint and a return to the start point.
Practicalities – the walk includes 950ft of climbing, stiles, steps and steep sections. The reward – beautiful countryside, picture perfect villages and glorious views! This walk is dog free please.
Please wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and bring plenty of snacks and drinks – though we’ll pass some facilities on the way. There are toilets at the start and at the coffee/lunch break stops.
Your walk leader is Steve Holbrow.
There’s no need to book for this walk – but you can find more information on the walk on the Cotswolds National Landscape Website.
This walk is organised by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, the voluntary arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. These walks offer an interesting and often entertaining way of exploring our wonderful Cotswold countryside and landscape. All walks by the Voluntary Wardens are FREE OF CHARGE however donations are welcome and help us to take care of the countryside.
PLEASE: always remember to wear appropriate footwear because some walks may be steep and muddy in places. Dogs are not allowed on walks, except guide dogs and hearing dogs. It is advisable to check the website or call the Cotswolds Conservation Board (07841 663607) beforehand for details of any changes, particularly during bad weather.