Somerton Strolls Walk 2 – Kingsdon Wood and Midney
A walk with woodlands, a steep climb and some wonderful views
Some sections can be slippery after wet weather
Leave car park and turn L over the railway bridge and immediately R (SP Public Footpath). Follow this lane downhill and just beyond a left hand bend, go through gate and along path at side of field. At end of field take steep steps down to road and turn L. Pass Bedlands Gate Farm and 50m after turn L into track, which soon becomes a path along the edge of a field. This path is parallel to West Street and has interesting views of the town. At end of field, go through a gate in the hedge on the left, through another gate and turn R at fingerpost (SP Mill Lane ½m). At Mill Lane turn L and at crossroads go straight ahead to reach the B3151 at Keeper’s Cottage. Cross with care and head L along the right hand verge for 100m to reach a gate (SP Huish Rd 1m). The path follows the RH fence and then veers left to far corner of field in a newly planted copse. Go through the gap, across a sleeper bridge and straight across field. At the top of the slight rise, do not go into the field, but take the narrow track to R 20m before. Descend gently follow this delightful woodland path for 500m and where it bears sharply L look for a gate and stile in the left hand corner. Over the stile, turn R into Huish Road with pleasant views across the Cary valley. At the end of the tarmac continue along a track (SP Kingsdon 1½m), which ascends steeply (and often muddily!) through the woods and then bears R along the edge of the wood. There are some wonderful views to the L through gaps in the hedge and 600m after the R turn, a metal gate is reached at a junction of tracks. Turn sharp R along a broad track, which soon becomes a narrow footpath. As the path approaches a road, keep bearing R to emerge into a field. Continue ahead, close to the left hand field boundary to reach a metal gate and fingerpost (SP Charlton Mackrell) then turn R to follow a track across the field. After 200m go slightly R through a wooded area and follow a track down through woods. When a field is reached, follow the RH boundary for 200m, go through gap on R and continue to gate to rejoin Huish Road. Turn L and continue for 1.5Km to reach the B3151. Turn L, cross with care and go R along Lower Somerton. At the T-junction turn R into Pesters Lane and follow as it climbs gradually uphill until at the top turn L into West Street for 200m back to the car park.
Checked May 2020