Walk #103: Langport to Glastonbury
Map of the walk
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A very tiring day on what should have been an easy day. The weight of my pack did not bother me as much as yesterday, but my feet hurt more.
I spent ninety minutes in Street so that I could have a rest and had a couple of pints and a Sunday lunch, which came in very handy. Street is quite a nice little town, dominated by Clarke's Village, which is now a series of retail outlets but was a manufacturing centre. The time I spent in the pub allowed me to take my boots off and wait for my feet to recover.
Glastonbury is a weird place, full of hippies and people with colourful and varied clothing and hairstyles. This is not really my sort of scene, but they all looked as if they were having a good time and enjoying themselves.
After I reached the campsite (which is to the northwest of Glastonbury) I dropped off my pack and went into the town. As it was such a nice afternoon I decided to climb up Glastonbury Tor, which is quite a walk from the centre of town. However the views from the top of the Tor are fantastic and made the climb worthwhile, with great 360-degree views over long distances.
This morning I went wrong whilst trying to head down to Pitney Steart Brudge and ended up in the hamlet of Stout on the road to High Ham. Fortunately this mistake was not as bad as it should have been due to a farm track that took me down to the bridge by a different route, but it was an annoying mistake to make nonetheless. Yet again I prove my old adage that navigation on he hills is far easier than in lowland areas.
The long stroll along the road and track leading north across Somerton Moor from Pitney Steart Bridge was boring, and the initial section along the track was laden with seemingly thousands of biting insects, and was tough on the feet and ankles as well due to the rough and uneven ground underfoot.
The lady owner of the campsite is apparently appearing on television next Thursday. A while back her husband bought her some driving lessons as, although she has been driving for twenty-five years, she could not reverse park. He placed a birthday advert in the local paper, and from there the story got into the Sun, Mirror, Daily Mail, and next Thursday, onto television.
This campsite is very nice - it has won the regional heats for the "best Caravan and Campsite toilets" for the last few years running, and it shows. It is really nice having a blazing hot shower in a clean shower block for a change.
Leave the Bowdens campsite and turn right to join the road. Follow Bowdens Lane to the east, passing a large transmission mast on the way. Follow the road as it swings around to the north and descends to cross Mill Brook before rising steeply past a navy firing range. At the next T-junction turn right and then immediately left to head north into Low Ham past the church.
Continue on northwards through the village and out into Bramwell. At the road junction continue on as the road turns to the northeast, and then take the next right turn which leads over a stream called Leazemoor Rhyne and then shortly afterwards turn left up another road. Follow this road into the hamlet of Park, and at ST451301 turn left to head north to Pitney Steart Bridge.
From the bridge take a track that leads off to the half-right, and follow it as it bends round to head directly northwards across Somerton Moor. After about one and three quarter miles the track ends at a bridge, and continues as a road to the north-northeast. After a couple of kilometres a T-junction is reached with another road.
A footpath leads up Walton Hill immediately opposite the junction, which leads onto a road at the top of the hill near an old windmill which is without it's sails. Turn right onto the road and ascend the hill, and then take the first left down a road. Follow the road as it turns to the right, and as it turns to the left take a track that leads off to the right. Head up this track for a short distance and then take a footpath that leads off to the left across some fields. Another road is soon met, which you turn right along for a very short distance before taking another footpath to the left. This footpath leads eastwards across fields and through a wood, before exiting onto a housing estate in Street.
Go through the housing estate and head eastwards through Street. Join the High Street and follow it northeastwards through the town. When you reach a T-junction with the B3151 turn left and follow it to a roundabout with the A39.
Follow the A39 northwards. There is a good footpath on the right-hand side of the road which means that this is not a very dangerous manoeuvre. The A39 crosses over The River Brue and heads north. On the bridge cross over to the pavement on the left-hand side of the road, and then take the first road to the left after the bridge (at ST486378). This road soon bends to the right and heads northwestwards past abandoned industrial buildings to the Beckery. Continue straight on here until you reach the B3151 road. Cross over this road and continue on. The Isle of Avalon campsite, where this walk ends, is on the left-hand side of this road.
I stayed at the Isle of Avalon campsite, which is just to the northwest of the centre of the town.
This makes a total distance of 11.3 miles, with 391 feet of ascent and 607 feet of descent.
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