Somerton Strolls Walk 12 – Pitney and Upton

Distance: 11.5km/7.2m

An easy walk to Pitney returning via South Hill

A gentle walk suitable for all weather conditions

Leave car park and turn R along West Street. At The Triangle, fork R by the post box towards Langport and continue ahead 300m to the mini-roundabout, then bear L along Langport Road. At Russett Road bear L along B3153 (SP Langport) and cross the road by the Sports Field at Gassons Lane. Cross Westholm Road and 50m beyond, turn R into a track beside the bus stop (SP Cartway Lane ¼m) and follow to reach a gate. Cross the field with the hedge on the left to reach a gate and go ahead into a tarmac road (SP Westcombe Hill Landfill Site). At T-junction turn L to join Somertonfield Road as it ascends gradually. At the fork keep L with good views across to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor. Beyond the post box, the lane begins to descend and the tarmac becomes a stony then a muddy track, but tarmac is soon regained and after 700m a cross roads. Turn L to begin a gentle descent to reach the village of Pitney. Proceed ahead by Estate Farmhouse, cross the bridge over the stream and climb gently to the B3153. Cross with care to a short path (SP Upton), climb into field and continue with hedge on the left into an enclosed track, crossing a bridge over the railway near the site of the (now demolished) Long Sutton and Pitney Halt. At the T-junction with a tarmac lane turn L and at crossroads go ahead into Rowmarsh Lane and continue downhill to another T-junction and turn L. After 150m just before railway bridge, turn R along track (SP Public Footpath). At end of the track go through a kissing gate into a field then straight ahead keeping the hedge on the R to a second kissing gate, then along a short path to reach a broad track at a third kissing gate. Turn R and after 30m turn L by waymark on tree to ascend gradually through woods for 400m to reach another broad track and turn L. The next section has lovely views over much of the county. Follow the track as it bears right to reach a wooden farm gate. Go through and continue with a hedge to the right to reach a tarmac lane, which continues 800m to a T-junction at the top of South Hill. Turn L and with care go down hill and bear R, and when road bears L proceed straight ahead (7.5t weight restriction) for 350m to Badgers Cross. Turn L at cross-roads and follow 500m passing Jubilee Park to a T-junction then turn R going over the railway bridge and along Sutton Road. At the staggered cross-roads turn R into Polham Lane passing St Cleers chapel and follow the road as it bears L. Continue ahead through a modern housing development and at the T-junction turn R to reach The Triangle. Continue ahead for 100m to the car park on the left.

Checked September 2020

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