Walking

Walking

Join the 11.5 mile guided walk lead by Caroline Dredge taking in some iconic Somerset landmarks or simply complete a lap (or two) of the classic 4.167 mile loop the runners are taking on.  Either way, know that your participation is transforming children’s lives around the world through Education!

The Route – 11.5 miles. Saturday September 9th @ 10.00

Leaving Home Farm, heading south to take in the site of a Roman Villa, the route to the Elizabethan, National Trust property Montacute House is the same one that SIAB host every Boxing Day to commemorate Piers Simon who tragically died in the India Ocean Tsunami in 2004. 

 

The walk continues up through the Beech wooded ‘Ladies Walk’ before opening out into the wonderful Whitcombe Valley, once home to a medieval village and now home to sheep, cattle and resident Green Woodpeckers!  Plus, in the correct conditions, the valley can generate a Brocken Spectre!

 

Climb up past the community of Tinker’s Bubble, bearing north west out to the monument at Ham Hill for an incredible panoramic view.  Bear east at the Prince of Wales pub, track through the woodland and climb up to St Michaels Tower for another splendid vantage point. 

 

Descend back to Ladies Walk, past the east side of Montacute House and through Mill Copse to pick up the Monarch’s Way ‘Kissmedown Lane, Cole Cross and then Sock Lane.  Drop down to Sock Farm and follow the road to Hill Farm. 

 

Pick up the footpath and you are now back on Home Farm land.  Make your way back to the festival site and look out for runners :). When complete, swap your walking boots for your festival footwear ready for the evenings’ shenanigans 🙂

Route - 4.167 miles Saturday September 9th @ 15.00

Starting and finishing at Home Farm on Main Street in Chilthorne Domer, the 4.167 mile loop is a mixture of trail and road. 

After crossing a number of Home Farm fields, the route along Chilthorne Hill Lane will take runners through Axesclose Farm (the cows will moo for you at milking time, honest!) before climbing off-road up to Thorne Lane. 

Following a shallow climb up to Thorne Cross, (the highest point on the course 89m asl), the route descends down over two hills through the picturesque gated village of Thorne Coffin.  The route then crosses two fields to arrive at the south end of Chilthorne Domer. 

Soak up some applause down through the village before cutting back on to Home Farm to follow the route down around the festival site and back in to the Start Carroll.

4.167 miles complete – how many more could you do?

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