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The Colliers Way Great Elm to Hatchet Hill

LOCALITY: Frome, Somerset
DISTANCE: 5 miles (8.05 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking

GRADIENT: Quite steep in places
OS MAP: Shepton Mallet & Mendip Hills East

Walk description:

The Colliers Way is part of Sustrans and the National Cycle Network.

Travel from Frome on the A362 towards Radstock. After about 2.5 miles you will see a sign on the left to Great Elm. Follow this road for about 1 mile until you reach the village. You will then come across a signpost to the Sustrans National route 24 pointing to a turning on the right. Take this road until you come to a big stone bridge. You will see space on the left for about 3 cars to park. The start of the walk is here. Please note the walk can be done in reverse by starting at Hatchet Hill Road, which is accessed by the village of Buckland Down. Follow the road until you reach two large stone boulders and you will have found the start of the walk.

This is such a peaceful walk with amazing views, a real hidden treasure and well worth the effort! The path takes you through the Somerset countryside and allows you to see for miles.

The entire walk is on tarmac which means this walk is accessible to all pushchair, buggy and wheelchair users. There is 2 places where the path is a little steep and could require some help from an able bodied companion if you were in a hand powered wheelchair. The entire walk is sign posted very well and supported with additional information boards, so you always know where you are and how far you have walked.

Set off on your walk towards Kilmersdon/Radstock and after about 1.5 miles you come to a fork in the path, this allows you to go to Mells and the Talbot Inn. We did not try this option however it is worth noting that the path to Mells is on a country road and not on a designated path.

When you get to the Hatchet Hill road entrance/exit turn around and retrace your steps.

Additional notes:

There are picnic benches along the route which allow you to stop and enjoy the views. For the children there are plenty of animals to spot - cows, horses, birds and dogs!

This is an ideal walk for those of you with dogs - we did not see any dog bins!

This is obviously a favourite for cyclists so take care if your toddler gets out to walk some of the route.

06/10/2008 | Walk posted by Marie Houlden

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

very good terrain

07/10/2008 | Reviewed by cathy nettley

Lovely, peaceful walk through the countryside. Fairly isolated at times, except for the occasional cyclist and
dog walker.