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Ham Woods, Croscombe & Knowle Hill from Shepton Mallet

County/Area - Somerset

Author - Anthony Maries

Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km

Ascent - 1075 feet / 326 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference ST612440
Lat 51.193894 // Long -2.55663
Postcode BA4 5JL (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

This walk explores the hilly area between Croscombe and Shepton Mallet. It starts from the Horseshoe pub at Bowlish (grid ref. ST612440), currently closed but shortly to reopen under new management (August 2008). On the walk, there are two pubs in Croscombe, the George and the Bull Terrier (the latter only open in the evening). The shop in the village also does off sales of Heck's, a highly recommended local brew, although the 2l containers it comes in are a little too large for most people's rucksacks. Sit behind a haystack and enjoy, you won't even remember the second half of the walk. Although the first half of this walk is much easier than it used to be, walkers are still advised to leave their Rohans at home and wear something more reliably thorn resistant.

GPS Files - Notes

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These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Britain is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps preferably at 1:25000 scale. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed and corrective action taken if necessary.

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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2103 Shepton Mallet and the Fosse Way - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 3499 West Compton & North Wootton from Pilton - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 3304 Pennard Hill from Pylle - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 1346 Priddy, Ebbor Gorge & Wookey Hole from Wells - moderate - 13.5 miles/21.9 km

Walk 2201 Wells, a city stroll - easy - 1.5 miles/2.4 km

Further Information

Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.

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