Starts/Finishes: Opposite Prince of Wales Pub, Pound Hill, Holcombe Rogus, TA21 0PN. (GR: ST058188)
Time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Distance: 3 miles
Terrain: Farm track, field footpaths, gates, canal path and quiet lanes
Elevation Gain: 136ft
Parking: Free parking in the village
Holcombe Rogus Circular Walk
Make your way down the track running to the right-hand side of the Prince of Wales pub, continuing straight through Ridgeway Farm, (1) past the farm buildings on either side (being respectful to land owners as you go) and then past an orchard on your left. Adhere to any rules around avian flu at this time and dip footwear into disinfectant provided at gateways.
Revel in the rolling hills and rural countryside surrounding you as you (2) continue to a metal farm gate with a wooden bridge in front, over a stream. (3) Go through this gate and follow the field footpath round to the left, keeping the hedge to your left.
(4) At the end of this field you’ll reach another gate, taking you into a small, characterful area of woodland – look out for funghi here. Ignore footpath sign on right and continue straight, keeping the stream on your left until you reach a bridge.
(5) Over the bridge, turn right and follow the well-travelled route approximately 100 yards to a metal field gate in the hedge, now keeping the stream on your right. (6) Through the gate, turn right and follow the path keeping the hedge on your right.
(7) Go through another gate, following the path bearing right through the gap in the hedge over the waterway, across the field towards the telegraph pole and towards a wooden gate. (8) Head through the gate, across the wooden bridge and out onto the lane.
(9) Cross the bridge over the canal here, then immediately turn right to go down onto the canal path, turning back on yourself and under the bridge to follow the Grand Western Canal north.
Admire ducks, swans and other wildlife as you go along this serene stretch of canal. At Whipcott Bridge you can go up and over to access picnic benches on the other side for a picturesque sandwich spot.
(10) After continuing along the canal for some time, you’ll come across a unique looking structure on the opposite side – the Grade II listed Waytown Limekilns. Thought to have been constructed between 1810-1814, the Waytown kilns operated successfully until the end of the 19th century, drawing local red limestone from the quarries above the canal and transported to the top of the kilns by packhorse. Since its closure, nature soon reclaimed the building and Jackdaws called it home, but volunteers and country park rangers have worked together to repair and clean up the kilns as part of the Grand Western Canal restoration while protecting the wildlife that now lives here.
Shortly after this the path will go uphill taking you above the Waytown Tunnel. Turn left onto the lane, following it for just under a mile as it starts to climb uphill before reaching Holcombe Rogus again and back to where you started.
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