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|Bridgwater River and Canal Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 04 Mar 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the town of Bridgwater in Somerset. The walk heads south out of the town along the banks of the River Parrett before returning along the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. Of course the area is fairly industrial and so it isn’t the prettiest of walks, but if you’re in Bridgwater and want somewhere to stride out and stretch your legs then this will certainly do the job. The route will also give you chance to reflect on the history of travel in Britain, with the river, canal, railway and M5 motorway all criss-crossing the journey. |
The walk follows a mixture of town pavements, stone paths and grass field/tow paths the latter of which can be quite muddy in winter and after wet weather. The route is almost entirely flat and there are four gates plus a number of steps over the river bridge. One section of the towpath is quite narrow so take care with children and dogs here. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Dampiet Street pay and display car park in Bridgwater. At the time of writing (March 2013) the car park was free on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and limited to two hours on other days (so if you’re likely to take longer to complete the walk it would be better to park elsewhere). Approximate post code TA6 3LZ.
|Start to Rail Bridge|
Start point: 51.1279 lat, -3.0021 long
Leave the car park and turn right along Dampiet Street. At the end you’ll reach a mini-roundabout with a black and white Tudor hotel opposite, turn left here. After just a few yards, fork left again into Old Taunton Road. Keep right (ahead) at the next fork to reach the T-junction with the main dual carriageway.
|Rail Bridge to Huntworth Lane|
Start point: 51.1165 lat, -2.9863 long
Cross the river via the footbridge and at the opposite side turn left under the low vehicle arch. Keep ahead on the tarmac lane with the river now on the left. Continue past Summerhayes Fisheries on the right and soon you will reach the M5 motorway passing overhead. As you reach this point, the main track bends right – do NOT follow it, instead fork left to follow the narrow path which passes under the motorway. The path becomes a grass field edge path with the river still on the left.
|Huntworth Lane to Marsh Lane|
Start point: 51.1045 lat, -2.9708 long
Turn right along Huntworth Lane (taking care of any traffic) heading for the traffic lights which sit on the bridge over the railway. Cross the rail bridge and ahead you’ll see a second bridge over the canal – do NOT cross this, instead turn right immediately before it onto the towpath signed for Bridgwater.
|Marsh Lane to End|
Start point: 51.113 lat, -2.9882 long
Turn left here across the wooden swing bridge and then turn immediately right to join the gravel towpath with the canal now on your right. Follow the towpath for some distance and you will pass under the next bridge – a red brick arch.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
This walk is good for a stroll out if you are in the area and has potential but is not a walk worth travelling a long distance to.
|By Richard on 06 Apr 2013|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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