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|Chew Magna Circular|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Chew Magna, near Bristol in Somerset. Chew Magna is the largest village in the district and was a thriving woollen centre in the Middle Ages. The walk gives you chance to enjoy the many historic buildings within the village as well as field paths that give great views of the surrounding hills and a few of the ancient stone bridges which cross the River Chew and Winford Brook. |
The route has several gradients throughout and there are a few kissing gates, some steps, a narrow squeeze gap and possibly a stile or two (depending on whether the adjacent farm gates are open). Approximate time 1 hour.
The walk starts from the High Street (South Parade) of Chew Magna, which is about 10 miles south of Bristol. There is a free village car park just off the High Street, behind the Pelican Inn. If this car park is full there are additional parking bays along the High Street and adjoining roads. Approximate post code BS40 8SL.
|Start to Kissing Gate|
Start point: 51.3659 lat, -2.6103 long
The walk starts from the village car park, behind the Pelican Inn on the High Street (South Parade) in Chew Magna. Return to the road and turn right passing in front of the Pelican Inn. As you reach the road junction ahead, keep right onto Tunbridge Road (passing a water pump on the corner). A few paces down this road it is worth crossing over to the left-hand side of the road, up the steps to join the raised walkway.
|Kissing Gate to Chew Court|
Start point: 51.3619 lat, -2.6084 long
Keep straight ahead across the centre of the grass field heading for the metal farm gates on the far side. Pass through the gate (if open – use the stile alongside if not) and keep ahead along the right hand field boundary. Keep ahead through the next two farm gates (if these are locked, one has a stile alongside and one has a pedestrian gate set into it).
|Chew Court to Harford Square|
Start point: 51.3651 lat, -2.6052 long
Walk up the drive of Chew Court and you’ll notice a cricket field to the left and the lines of stone mushrooms either side of the drive.
|Harford Square to Ford|
Start point: 51.3662 lat, -2.6113 long
Turn right onto Chew Lane passing the gates of Harford Lodge on the left. Follow the pavement over Spratts Bridge crossing a weir within Winford Brook. After the bridge turn immediately left through a narrow squeeze gap onto a public footpath which runs to the right of the brook.
|Ford to Stone Bridge|
Start point: 51.3672 lat, -2.6194 long
Use the footbridge to the left to cross the ford and follow the quiet lane uphill, passing under a small footbridge. At the top of Dark Lane, turn left along the High Street. Pass the Catholic Church on the right (ignoring the turning to the right signed to Chew Valley Lake).
|Stone Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.3641 lat, -2.6151 long
Turn left over this stone bridge and a little further along pass over a wooden footbridge. Keep straight ahead on the tarmac lane and you will pass Dumpers Farmhouse on the right.
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Very easy short walk, didn't feel like 3 miles.
|By lem_jpm on 2015-05-31 17:32:58|
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