Somerton Strolls Walk 15 – Somerton Places of Worship and “Drains”

Distance:7.5km/4.6m

Gentle walking around Somerton passing all six places of Worship

Almost entirely on tarmac, so useful for a wet day

Leave car park and turn L. After 200m(220yds) opposite a row of shops, fork R down Pesters Lane, taking care down the first narrow section until the pavement is reached. At the end of the lay-by, go ahead up steps and follow the path as it bears left, passes a school and reaches Kirkham Street. Turn R and continue to pass the Police Station then bear L into The Millands with its pleasant green space on the R. Beyond house number 12, bear L along a short path to New Street, turn L and continue to Cow Square. Continue to the L of the trough for 20m (25yds) and beyond the last cottage, turn L to follow the path round the outside of the churchyard of St Michael’s Anglican Church to the Market Square and turn R along West Street. Pass the Methodist Church on the R and the United Reformed Church on the L, opposite which turn R into the car park (SP Library). At the top of the car park bear L, cross the bridge over the railway, bear R and continue ahead to a T-junction. Turn L (SP Langport), cross with care and take the path between numbers 32 and 34 to join a road with bungalows on both sides. After 100m(110yds) turn L between bungalows at right angles to the road to reach Walnut Drive. Bear R then immediately L by number 12, then R in a small car parking area to follow a short path to reach Etsome Terrace. Continue ahead along Etsome Road, which becomes Cary Way, with good views on the R along the Cary valley and at the No Through Road sign, turn L into Northfield and after 300m(330yds) on the L just beyond Bradley View can be seen the Somerton Christian Centre beyond its open wooden fence. Retrace your steps back up Northfield and after 150m(165yds), turn R into Northfield Way. At the end continue ahead through the squeeze into Highfield Way, and after 500m(550yds) at the T-junction turn R to pass behind St Dunstan’s Catholic Church (the front of which faces Langport Road). Just beyond house number 100, turn L down a short, narrow path to Langport Road, turn R and after 100m(110yds) fork R into Bancombe Road with its 3.5t weight restriction. After 250m(275yds) just beyond Lilac Cottage, go L along the path to reach Langport Road. Cross with care into Gassons Lane, pass the Sports Field and turn R into Sevenacres. At St. Cleers, continue ahead, but turn L into a cul-de-sac opposite the St Cleers Orchard sign. Turn R beyond the garage bearing the number 78 and follow the path straight across a crossroads of paths, across a road and then turn L by a street light and follow the path in front of a row of bungalows with the railway line on your right. When the path joins a road, continue ahead for 500m(550yds) and at the end turn R into St Cleers Way. At the cross-roads, go ahead with care into Polham Lane and shortly after St Cleers Chapel, the road bears sharp L. At the road junction, bear L then sharp L before a house called Rosenheim along a path by a stream to cross a slab stile. Turn R and then L into Tom Tits Lane. Where road bears round R, turn L along another path and at railing at the end, turn R and after 30m(35yds) L over a slab stile by an electricity pole/street light. Follow this narrow path to reach 4 steps down to Gassons Lane. Turn R and proceed with care past the end of New Cross and 50m(55yds) beyond take path on R to Maypole Knap. At end of path, turn L, then R beyond number 54 and take another path in the far L corner to regain Langport Road. Turn R and immediately fork R into West End. At the grass triangle, bear L into Camden Road, then L again into Camden Orchard, bearing L to reach a path by number 8. When the next road is reached, turn L and go ahead by number 16 to reach Langport Road. Turn R and R again at the mini-roundabout by the post box and after 200m(220yds) take the path opposite the Veterinary Surgery. When King Ina Road is reached, continue ahead and turn R down the path between numbers 38 & 36 to emerge in the Half Moon car-park.

Updated June 2015

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