Bruton Walks

On this site you will find links to descriptions and maps of a selection of local walks of various lengths. The shorter time given is for a brisk ‘exercise’ walk, the longer for a leisurely stroll with stops for photos etc.

The walks have been drawn up by various local people, including Town Councillors and the Bruton Footpaths Group. The Town Council publishes this information but does not guarantee its accuracy or the safety of a route. Please follow the Countryside Code at all times.

The routes

All the walks are on public footpaths, bridleways, country lanes or permissive routes designated by the landowner. They are mostly easy to follow. However the condition of paths changes with the seasons, mowing, crops and the meanderings of cattle. Where routes are not clear, more detailed explanations have been given. Expect mud in winter and after wet spells at other times of year.


Most walks of any length near Bruton will include a stretch along roads. Unless mentioned in the text, the routes use either very minor and quiet unclassified roads, or stretches of wider road where visibility is good and there is a verge. Nevertheless some locals routinely drive too fast, so always take care. Other roads may not be safe: the A359 and the B3081 are not and so should be avoided.


This is an agricultural landscape. Expect livestock, and keep dogs under control. All the routes have been walked with a dog, and at the time were manageable for a dog of retriever/german shepherd size or smaller. A larger or elderly dog may not be able to scramble over or under every obstacle. In a working landscape stiles, gates and fences get replaced, cows have calves, and bullocks get frisky. It is impossible to guarantee that all the walks are dog-friendly at all times.

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If you have updates or comments on a particular route, or suggestions for a new route to include, please contact

If you wish to report an obstruction or defect, use Somerset County Council’s online map.

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Marydown and Flood Prevention Dam circuit: easy, 5km, 100m of ascent, 70 to 90 minutes

A popular local circuit. Apart from the beginning and end it is all off-road, on paths and tracks, with good views of gentle rolling countryside and a pleasant meadow section by the River Brue. For directions and downloads…

Cole (Bruton walks Set 2 No 8): easy (apart from one short moderate section), 5km, 110m of ascent, 70 to 90 minutes

This walk visits the pretty hamlet of Cole, and returns through lovely countryside along the River Brue, on footpaths and quiet roads. Thanks to Caroline Nolder for the photo. For directions and downloads…

Wyke circuit via Gants Mill, Ridge Hill and Cole: easy (apart from two very short moderate sections), 9km, 200m of ascent, 120 to 150 minutes

A glorious walk through a range of different landscapes with excellent views. Mostly on easy footpaths or very quiet country lanes, apart from two very short moderate sections near Gants Mill. For directions and downloads…

Beware Rabbits, Henley Grove, Hedgestocks and Greenscombe: easy (some steep ascent and descent), 8km, 170m of ascent, 110 to 140 minutes

This route explores the deep coombes north of Bruton. It includes some excellent views and passes the oldest oak tree in the entire area. Most of the route is either on quite country lanes or through fields. For directions and downloads…

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