The area map gives some indication
of where you may walk on local footpaths. Those with a number are on North
Somerset's Definitive List of rights-of-way. The choice is yours! This
photograph shows just one of our many peaceful lanes in winter.
A stroll around the village cannot be better guided than
by Christine Crossland's "A Walk Around Winscombe".
Along the 'Strawberry Line' to King's Wood. About 2.5 miles.
Starting from the Millennium Green (see centre-page map) walk south along the
platform - important dates are stamped in brass on the edge. Pass along the
track, over Woodborough Bridge, and see, on the left, what was once the Station
Master's House. Further along you will pass under Lynch Bridge. Another half
mile will bring you to a tunnel: with a torch you will be able to see the
limestone formations (with trapped insects). After the tunnel, take the steep
path up on the right, over a stile and through King's Wood, following the wall
closely, to a car park. Come out of the car park, cross back over the road,
watching out for traffic, and walk down the steep sunken road, once the coach
road. Enter the field on the right onto a permissive path. This is Sladers
Leigh, an ancient meadow, sometimes full of wild flowers. Clamber down through
the steps to the railway walk and 'wend your way back whence you came'.
3. Wincombe Church to Maxmills (circular
walk) about 2 miles. From St. James Church (see photograph) walk down Church
Road to Nut Tree Farm (see area map),
turn left down the track just before the farmhouse. Pass
over a style near Mill Pond Cottage (formerly the site of Woodborough Mill).
Across the fields the water-works site to the right gives the position of Cox's
Well. The artificial leet, created by cutting across the contours of the field,
possibly dates from the Medieval period. Max House (c.1800) is on the left. In
1865 a perforated adze hammer (Neolithic) was discovered close by. The footpath
joins Maxmill Lane at a stile: opposite is the pond of Max Mills Farm. The
earliest documentary evidence for Max Mill dates from 1319. Turn left along the
lane. At the end of the lane cross Barton Road and walk up the track
(Shepherd's Lane), at the top turn left and follow the path through the woods
back to the Parish Church of St. James (1236).
St James Church Winscombe viewed across
the valley from the A38
Walk 4. To
Winscombe Church. About 1.5 miles. A walk to the Parish Church of St. James the
Great is a must. Leave the Woodborough Inn and walk along Woodborough Road, see
street map, past the bakery, where the Bird family baked for over 100 years.
Just before going under the disused railway bridge you could take a diversion
up to the right to see the Millennium Green, but if not carry on under the
bridge until you reach a grassy triangle. Turn left here along Church Road past
Nut Tree Farm (look out for the mounting block), and on up to the church (a
descriptive guide is available within). Many authors have described the
church's elegant 100 foot high 'Somerset' tower and the ancient yew tree at the
| Walk 5. Along the
'Strawberry Line' to Sandford Stone - about 2.5
miles. Start at the Millennium Green. Walk north (away from the bridge).
Preserved just off the platform are many of the original railway features
picked out in original bricks. In spring and summer there are many wild flowers
here that are typical of disused railway tracks. Keep going along the track,
over the Accommodation Bridge, and along what was once the railway's embankment
to pass 'The Grove' on your right, before returning to the track. Further along
you will come to two bridges built of Triassic conglomerate, as are several of
Winscombe's older buildings. The track eventually leads you to an industrial
site called 'Sandford Stone' where, pleasingly, the station has been preserved
in Great Western colours. Leaving the entrance turn right and walk along the
main road towards Sandford village. Before reaching The Railway Inn (you should
see, with some refreshment, the collection of photographs inside the inn) turn
right, opposite Thatcher Cider, and walk along footpath 78 (see
map). The footpath eventually turns
sharp left onto Hill Road. Two diversions are possible. One, opposite and to
the left, would take you to the Methodist Church and The Church of All Saints:
the other, just about opposite, would take you a short distance along Quarry
Road to see the disused lime kilns, on the left. If neither appeals to you,
turn right along Hill Road and then Sandford Road back to Winscombe's
Woodborough Inn, for some more refreshment.