Somerton Strolls Walk 7 – Lollover Hill

Distance: 11.8km/7.3m

Fabulous views from Lollover Hill and return over the moors

Occasional mud after wet weather. Moderate climb to the summit of Lollover hill

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, bear R and at Fire Station straight ahead into Etsome Terrace. Continue past Memorial Garden and infants’ school and where road bears L go straight ahead down Brockle Hill. At end turn R and immediately L (SP Viaduct Fishery) to descend steeply down to the Cary valley. Follow this road as it winds along the valley past the sewage treatment works until after 2Km a T-junction is reached just beyond Etsome Dairy Farm. Turn R, cross the Cary bridge and after the large house, take the track on the right (SP Littleton ½m) and immediately L (SP Dundon 1m) following an enclosed path for 0.6Km. Cross a sleeper bridge by a metal gate and bear slightly L across field to reach a footbridge by a tree. Continue with the hedge on the right to a waymarked stream crossing. From here, aim for the right of the barn, and once over stile, pass to R of barn to reach a road via a stile beside the metal gate. Turn L along the road and continue through the village of Dundon, passing a long thatched building. Shortly after, at the “No through road” sign (but detour ahead 100m to see the church) go L (SP Lollover Hill ¾m) along a path between hedges to reach a broad track. Turn R and follow as it ascends to a gate and stile. Continue ahead 100m then bear left to follow a faint track to the top of the hill and a triangulation pillar. For such a modest climb to only 90m above sea level, the reward is one of the best views in the county – from the Hood Monument and Glastonbury Tor round to the Polden Hills and the Quantocks and far views to the south of Somerset and Dorset. Bear R to descend down another faint path to a fence. Cross two waymarked stiles and continue with the hedge on the right. 50m before the trough go right over a sleeper bridge and stile and descend along the right hand side of the field to another stile, a short track and a tarmac lane. Turn L and follow the lane, which becomes a track after Bartletts Farm. Go through a gate at the end of the track and head across the field (SP Somerton 2½m) to reach a waymarked sleeper bridge (slippy when damp) and stile at a gap in the hedge. Continue with the hedge on the left, cross another stile to reach a narrow track to the side of a modern house to reach a stile into a track. Turn R and continue to Lower Hayes Farm, turning L immediately after the first barn, then R just before the field into a muddy track. Follow this track across the moor with its rich black soil and after 1.2Km cross Somerton Door Bridge over the river Cary. Pass the last house on the left and after a further 200m, turn L into a track opposite a telegraph pole (no SP). Continue ahead as the track ascends sharply and becomes a tarmac lane – Bradley Hill Lane. After 1Km of tarmac road at a T-junction, turn R into Northfield. After 400m at the main Langport Road go L then fork R into West End, and another 200m fork L at the grass triangle into Camden Road. At the end of a row of terraced cottages the road bears sharply L and continues to emerge into West Street. Here, turn R past The Triangle to reach the car park.

Updated June 2015

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