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Bleadon Hill and Loxton

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Bleadon Hill and Loxton
Author: Claire, Published: 22 Apr 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guidestar1 Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guidestar1 Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guidestar1 Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guidestar1 Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guide
Somerset, Mendip Hills
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Bleadon Hill and Loxton
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guide boot Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guide boot Bleadon Hill and Loxton - Somerset Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from Beacon Hill within the Mendip Hills in Somerset. The route takes in Bleadon Hill, the highest point of the western end of the Mendip Hills with panoramic views of the Somerset Levels and Bristol Channel, as well as the pretty village of Loxton and a long stretch of the West Mendip Way. There are lovely views of Crook Peak, a glorious stretch of bluebell woodland and beautiful tree-lined bridleways to enjoy along the way.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, with a couple of short steep sections and several long and steady climbs. Some parts of the path are very rocky underfoot and the first and last stretch of bridleway is prone to becoming muddy at times, so good boots are a must (or wellies with grips after periods of rain). There is about a one mile stretch of road walking along a quiet country lane, so take care of traffic here. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate a staggered barrier and one bridle gate. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock, as all the paths are fenced to the side of farm pastures. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

Bleadon Hill is located just to the north-east of the village of Bleadon and about 4 miles south of Weston-super-Mare. The walk starts and finishes at the lay-by car park on Roman Road. Heading east along Roman Road, the car park is located on your left, just before the left-hand bend where the road becomes Canada Combe. Approximate post code BS24 0AD.

Walk Sections

Start to Keepers Cottage
Start to Keepers Cottage

Start point: 51.316 lat, -2.9222 long
End point: 51.3151 lat, -2.9051 long

Standing in the parking lay-by entrance facing the road, turn left to follow the road taking care of any traffic. Where the road bends left, go straight ahead to join the stone path between hedgerows, signed as a public bridleway. Follow this bridleway (which can be very muddy at times) ahead for about 600 metres. You will emerge to a T-junction with a stone track (with a waymarker post ahead).

Turn right and follow the stone track leading you uphill and swinging left. At the next junction, ignore the track to the right (which we will use for the return leg), instead keep straight ahead on the main stone track leading you steadily downhill. NOTE: This track becomes very rocky so take care underfoot. Soon glorious views open up ahead and, at the bottom of the slope, you will reach a T-junction with Keepers Cottage directly ahead.

Keepers Cottage to Loxton Village
Keepers Cottage to Loxton Village

Start point: 51.3151 lat, -2.9051 long
End point: 51.3011 lat, -2.8981 long

Turn right to follow the access lane, continuing downhill. This access lane leads you through a beautiful section of mixed woodland which has impressive ferns and mosses and a magical carpet of bluebells in the late spring. At the end of the access lane you will reach a T-junction within a small hamlet of houses, with the property called Meerhay directly ahead.

Turn right along the lane (Christon Road), taking care of any traffic (particularly where the lane narrows and bends). The hillside visible across to your left is known as Crook Peak, one of the iconic peaks within the Mendip Hills. After about a mile, the lane leads you into the village of Loxton.

Loxton Village to North Lodge
Loxton Village to North Lodge

Start point: 51.3011 lat, -2.8981 long
End point: 51.298 lat, -2.8989 long

Follow the lane between houses, leading you downhill and swinging right. Pass the Old Manor House on your left and as you pass Court Farmhouse (also on your left), notice the old-fashioned black street lamp that sits in front of this. This is one of two village lamps, originally gas-powered and erected in memory of Queen Victoria, which were saved and restored by the village conservation group in 1992. The village of Loxton takes its name from the Lox Yeo River, on which it is situated.

Continue past a property with a tall ornate chimney also on your left. A few paces later, you will see a waymarker post on your right. Turn right here, passing through the staggered barrier and following the tarmac footpath uphill. You will pass the village hall and the old school house both on your right. At the top of this tarmac path you will emerge to a junction with an access drive. Turn left here and keep immediately right at the fork, passing the beautiful building of North Lodge on your left.

North Lodge to Staggered T Junction
North Lodge to Staggered T Junction

Start point: 51.298 lat, -2.8989 long
End point: 51.316 lat, -2.9092 long

Follow the track uphill and you will come to a fork alongside another house (on your right). Take the right-hand branch, a rocky path signed as part of the West Mendip Way. You will come to a pair of benches on your right. This spot was chosen to give a beautifully-framed view of Crook Peak on the other side of the valley, however this view is obscured when the trees are in leaf. Old mine-workings on these hills indicate that, at one time, mining was abundant, probably for calamine, lead, copper and more recently yellow ochre.

Continue to climb on the main rocky path. As the gradient eases, the path leads you past fenced pastures on your left with beautiful far-reaching views. As you reach an overgrown gate ahead, pass through the gap alongside this and continue ahead on the enclosed path, climbing steadily. You will be following this enclosed bridleway for a total distance of about one mile. For the final stretch you will have a dense woodland on your right, another haven for bluebells.

As the long climb ends, the path levels off then begins to descend and the views open up ahead. You will emerge to a T-junction with a field access track. Turn right and, after just a few metres, pass through the gateway (or use the bridle gate alongside, if the farm gate is closed). Just beyond this gate you will reach another T-junction, turn right enjoying the magnificent views of the hills to your right. The track leads you to a staggered T-junction with a stone track, which you should recognise from the outward leg.

Staggered T Junction to End
Staggered T Junction to End

Start point: 51.316 lat, -2.9092 long
End point: 51.3162 lat, -2.9222 long

From this point, you will be retracing your steps back to the car park. To do this, turn sharp left and follow the rocky track leading you downhill with views across Weston-super-Mare ahead. Follow the track as it swings right and, just a few metres later, turn left onto the tree-lined bridleway. Continue to the end of this bridleway and then keep straight ahead along the lane for just 200 metres, to reach the car park on the right where the walk began.

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