Castle Cary to Bruton

Submitted by Timwoods on 16 October 2011
OS Explorer Map: 142 - Shepton Mallet & Mendip Hills East
(11 votes)
A linear, half-day riverside walk in England starting at Castle Cary, Somerset, about 8.9km (roughly 5.5 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This simple walk connects two stations on the Heart of Wessex line, Castle Cary and Bruton. The route weaves in and out of the Brue Valley, giving you a mix of riverside walking and views from the tops. Finishing in Bruton, you should leave time to wander around the town before catching the train home, either to explore the hidden corners of this market town, or to enjoy a pint in one of its cosy pubs.

Start: Castle Cary, OS Grid: ST634335
End: Bruton, Somerset, England, OS Grid: ST688347
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 137m (451ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 242m (794ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 104m (343ft)
Max. Elevation: 130m (426ft)

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OS Grid: ST634335
Take the train to Castle Cary station. Best avoid the last weekend in June, or you will be lost in a sea of hippies and over-excited teenagers on their way to Glastonbury Festival.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 1 OS Grid: ST648339
Exit the station via the gate next to the footbridge. A bridleway leads through the flooplain of the River Brue. Nice gentle start to the hike.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 2 OS Grid: ST646333
You can continue along the bridleway, but you will get to Bruton a bit too quickly. Instead, take the footpath across the railway, which leads uphill to Andsford Park Farm.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: ST644328
Continue along Park Lane to join the Macmillan Way.
About 1.7 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: ST660335
The path, which doubles as the Leland Trail and Macmillan Way, leads past some orchards as it winds back into the valley.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 5 OS Grid: ST667339
At Cole, joins the road that leads you back across the railway.
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 6 OS Grid: ST677345
Follow the bridleway up a short steep path and around the back of Gants Mill and then on through Mill on the Brue activity centre - making sure you keep to the waymarkings and being wary of children flying through the air above your head!
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 7 OS Grid: ST685348
Enjoy the delights of this charming little town before picking up the train home. Worth visiting the Bartons, the small holding yards where livestock were once kept on market days. They are just behind the High Street.
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 8 OS Grid: ST688347
To the station for the train home.
7 comments ...join the discussion!
Elaine  commented on 24 June 2013
Please note that point 7 should be amended to read 'above Gants Mill' or 'behind Gants Mill' as that is where the bridle path actually is - as you can see by the contour lines on the map!
GaryShipp  commented on 24 June 2013
Route corrected
Thanks Elaine for your comment. We have amended point 7 as you suggest. This should now be clearer for folk following the route.
martin thomas  commented on 26 July 2014
Start point???
Oh dear! Spent ages trying to find the Bridleway to start this walk. Workers and local people were unable to help. Eventually had to give up. Parking and train fare wasted and more than that, disappointment. Clearer instruction needed please to help people with little local knowledge.
Timwoods  commented on 28 July 2014
Start point
Hi Martin, very sorry to hear that. When I did the walk, it was through a gate at the far end of the platform as I recall. But it's possible they have closed this... I will try and find out. Looking at the satellite image on Google maps, it looks like you can turn right along the A371 and then right again into Station Road and that will take you to the start point.
Timwoods  commented on 29 July 2014
Castle Cary station
OK,the footpath/bridleway is next to the footbridge over the railway. It's best not to detour via the road as it's very busy and on a bend. The bridleway then follows the railway for a distance.
Douglas  commented on 09 August 2016
Castle Cary to Bruton
To clarify point 2. Exit the station from the gate at the bottom of the footbridge (station side). Turn right directly after gate, walk along lane into field, cross field keeping to left of row of mature trees, second field Bridleway is more obvious, stay on Bridleway until you see railway pedestrian crossing, continue as point 3 instructions
emma  commented on 05 September 2016
point 2
We missed the pedestrian crossing at point 2, completley could not see this. so ended up walking some of the walk on the road. was a nice walk other than this.
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