Nigel Vile's Nunney walk
There is so much in Nunney to catch the eye that a visit to this Somerset village alone could easily fill half a day.
"It is a surprising picture of medieval England, for in less than a minute we can cross the moat of a 14th-century castle, cross the bridge of a little stream and be in a 15th-century church." Not my words but those of Arthur Mee.
The ruinous castle – the result of a pounding in the Civil War – has an atmosphere all of its own, while the church can boast the proud Dalameres, a group of five medieval figures of knights and their ladies tucked away behind the organ. When combined with this delightful walk that takes in the wooded Nunney Combe, watered by the Nunney Brook, a visit to the village could well fill the best part of a day.
Thoughts would then turn to rest and refreshment, and once again the village delivers in the shape of the George Inn and Cafe de la Mere, a family-friendly café serving all-day breakfast, lunch, cakes and refreshments.
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Valid until: Friday, February 28 2014
Distance 3 miles
Time 2 hours
Start Roadside by Nunney Church (GR 738458)
Maps OS Landranger 183 or OS Explorer 142
Suitable for A gentle walk or an easy jog
Getting there Leave the A361 Frome Bypass at Nunney Catch and follow the unclassified road into Nunney. Bear right by the village shop into Church Street, pass the George Inn and park opposite the church alongside Nunney Brook.
1. With your back to the river and facing the church, follow the road to the left for 50 yards before turning left by Fulwell House into Donkey Lane. In 40 yards, turn right into Fulwell Lane. Where this lane ends by a property, continue ahead along a track to a kissing gate. Turn left along a broad track and, in 50 yards, pass through a kissing gate on the right and continue along an enclosed path to a gate and field. Follow the left edge of this field to a gate, cross a farm road and follow the left edge of the following field to a gate on the left in its corner. Turn right in the following field and follow its boundary along to a pair of handgates in the next corner. Head across the next field to a gateway opposite by a solitary tree before following the right edge of the next field to a gap at the end of the field. Enter the next field, turn left and walk along to the corner of the field. Turn right and walk down the end field boundary for 40 yards to a gate on the left. Pass through this gateway and turn right, walking down to a gate in the bottom field boundary. Walk down the left edge of the next field to a gate in its bottom corner before following a path to the right – it soon bears left – to reach Nunney Brook.
2. Cross the river and, in a few paces, bear sharply left to follow a path down to the riverbank. Turn right and follow the river upstream for 350 yards to a track. Turn left, cross the river and, in a few paces, turn right to continue following the river upstream, the river now on the right. In ½ mile, leave the wooded combe and walk across a paddock. Towards the far side of this paddock, turn right across the river to a gate and field. Walk ahead to a pond and a series of horse jumps in 200 yards, take a 90-degree left turn and walk across the field to a gate in the opposite field boundary, passing an ash tree on the left along the way. Beyond this gate, follow a series of enclosed paths for 300 yards to a road in Nunney. Turn left before taking the first left into Castle Street. Where this road ends by the castle, turn right across a bridge over the Nunney Brook back to Church Street. Turn left back to the roadside parking.