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57 56 GLAsTONbURy wALk V 6 MILes Walton Hill Compton Dundon via Hood Monument This long circular walk can be shortened by omitting the final part after Compton Dundon, thus making it a oneway walk. Start from the small NT car park on Walton Hill. Walk SE on path to hilltop with orientation table and pointer to the Hood Monument. Take footpath through woods in this direction, first S of the road, then across along past YHA building until reaching crossroads. Cross over and continue SE over Collard Hill NT, through three kissing gates into the woods and across a minor road to Hood Monument, a 110 ft obelisk to Admiral Sir Samuel Hood d. 1814. Go S from obelisk down a steep path onto the minor road and follow this down to the village of Compton Dundon, walking Compton Street to the main road B3151. Left here 200 yds to the Castlebrook Inn, a pleasant pub with allday opening. This is halfway. Exit the inn and turn right along B3151. First left Ham Lane for 300 yds then second footpath on left which leads SW towards Compton Dundon Church. Follow path with paving stones obliquely across field through a farmyard into School Lane. Up to the left is thicklywooded Dundon Hill, a splendid Iron Age hillfort visit if time. Rejoin road briefly and then turn sharp left up to St Andrew s Church in Dundon with its massive yew tree thought to be 1,000 years old. From the church, go N on the road about 250 yds, then straight ahead on Hurst Drove which ends but footpath continues N toward Ivy Thorn Manor. The path along the hedge goes briefly right into another field, then N again, left out of it, and N again until reaching a minor lane. Go W toward Middle Ivy Thorn Farm. Keep on track W, although lane turns SW. Before the farm one reaches the corner of a road. Go right, up hill, on this about 500 yds to reach the Walton Hill road. Cross over and go left onto footpath one started out on. After mile, first just N, and then just S of the road, one returns past the orientation table to the Walton Hill car park. It is not suggested that one drinks a pint of ale at each of the twelve pubs listed here, but maybe at some. Or else select part of this circuit. Start at 1 Becket s in the upper High Street and then go up the street a little to 2 Ye Queen s Head on the other side. Now proceed down the High Street to 3 the George Pilgrims on the right. Easy to linger there, but continue to 4 The Crown, also known as The Backpackers . Round the corner by the Market Cross to 5 the King William, in Market Place. Left out of the King Billy into Northload Street, where 6 Hawthorns Hotel with bar and restaurant is on the right. Next, across the street a little further, is the attractive 7 Who d A Thought It . Go towards the car park on the west side of the Who d A and very shortly go through a passage on one s left. This leads directly to 8 the Mitre Inn in Benedict Street. From there, exit left past St Benedict s Church until one reaches 9 the King Arthur on the same side. After the Arthur go back up by the church and turn right into St Benedict s Close. Then turn left towards the Abbey and come to Magdalene Street, where 10 Market House is just along to the left. Go right out of there and further along the street on the left is 11 The Globe. Left from the Globe and left round the corner into Bere Lane. At the top of Bere Lane and just round to the right in Chilkwell Street is 12 the Rifleman s Arms, our last port of call, which happens to have a late licence. To return to the beginning, walk north on Chilkwell St and left back into the High Street. GLAsTONbURy wALk VI 1 MILe A circuit of Glastonburys Alehouses
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