Walks in and around
Bridging the Gap
Instructions - print version (1xA4)
|Distance: 3 miles
Time: up to 2 hours
Start: Lay-by on the A36, above Dundas Wharf (GR 783624)
Maps: OS Explorer 155
Refreshments: Pubs in Monkton Combe and Limpley Stoke
Park up in the lay-by on the same side as the BP garage (just before garage when travelling from Bath). Walk to the end of the lay-by nearest the garage, cross the A36 with care and follow the lane opposite that (road signpost to Monkton Combe). At the crossroads, where it crosses over Brassknocker Hill, go straight on and into the village. Pass the school buildings, and just before the Wheelwrights Arms, turn left into Mill Lane. At the bottom of Mill Lane, cross the sluice to the right of the mill before continuing along an enclosed footpath to a footbridge across Midford Brook. Cross the river, before climbing the steps on the left and following a path running between Midford Brook and some houses. Keep on this path as it bears right to join an access drive to Waterhouse. Follow this drive to the left for 200 yards to a junction by the last cottage on the left. At this point, cross a stile on the right to follow the signposted footpath to Limpley Stoke.
Follow the field-path uphill to a stile opposite and a path leading into some woodland. Climb the stepped path uphill through the trees. Towards the top of the climb, keep on the path as it bears left. Continue along the path as it crosses more open hilltop, before dropping down hill to the A36, keeping left at one obvious fork. Cross the A36, by a cottage, with extreme care, to Woods Hill. Continue downhill for 50 yards before turning left to follow a lane down to the Hop Pole Inn and the main road in Limpley Stoke. Turn left, and follow this road beside the railway to its junction with the B3108.
Turn right under the railway bridge, and follow the B3108 and the Kennet and Avon Canal. Follow the towpath to the left - signposted Dundas - for half a mile to Dundas Aqueduct and the adjoining wharf. Having crossed the entrance to the Somerset Coal Canal follow the drive to the left uphill to the A36, and the lay-by.