Somerton Strolls Walk 14 – Park and Pitney Wood
Along Bradley Hill Lane to Park, an extremely steep climb and a gentle return via Westcombe
The steep incline after Park can be very slippy in wet weather
Leave car park and turn R along West Street. At The Triangle, fork R by the post box towards Langport, continue ahead to the mini-roundabout and bear R. Just before the Fire Station turn L into Behind Berry, then take the second road on the R, Highfield Way. At the end continue through the metal railings into Northfield Way and at the T-junction turn L and after 20m R into Bradley Hill Lane. There are good views to be seen by looking through gaps in the hedges and at one on the left Hinckley Point power station is visible. After 0.9Km, near a seat, the tarmac lane becomes a stony track and descends. Keep L at a fork and the track continues to descend steeply to reach a tarmac lane. Turn L and after 250m at a T-junction turn R with good views to Lollover Hill, the windmill at High Ham and the old windmill on Walton Hill. Follow this quiet country road for 1.7Km to the hamlet of Park. Ignore a right turn by a pond but continue for 300m and turn L by a bungalow along a lane and in 100m bear L (SP Stowey Road). This track ascends extremely steeply and can be very muddy after rain. At the top (where there is a wooden seat on which to rest your weary limbs!) continue ahead 0.6Km to a cross-roads and turn L. This tarmac lane ascends gently, then becomes a muddy track and back to tarmac by a post box, then descends gently with good views to Glastonbury Tor and across to the Mendips. Pass Westcombe Farm and after 300m, do not take the road on the right, but continue to the T-junction. Turn R and follow Bancombe Road for 1Km as it passes the Trading Estate to join Langport Road. Continue straight ahead to the mini-roundabout then bear R to reach The Triangle, West Street and the car park.
Updated June 2015