AxminsterChard

Axmcha one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

13km/8mi

Ascent

281m

Descent

195m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Axminster and Chard.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Axminster and Chard.

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This route has been reviewed by 5 people.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 5

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (5)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 8

Surveys

What is this route like?

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Description Note
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
Full grading description

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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Not present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Maybe present Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Maybe present Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

Narrowest part of path: no data

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

There is no data on how much of this route is on roads

There is no data on how much of this route is lit at night

Thereis no data on amount of route paved

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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1 surveys

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3X September 2022 by Helen Gough
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Axminster
Grid Ref SY2927898220
Lat / Lon 50.77922° / -3.00447°
Easting / Northing 329,278E / 98,220N
What3Words finest.showcases.noon
Chard
Grid Ref ST3223208587
Lat / Lon 50.87278° / -2.96450°
Easting / Northing 332,232E / 108,587N
What3Words honeybees.joined.verifying

Axmcha One's land is

Arable 32.5%
Other agricultural land 4.2%
Pasture 37.8%
Urban 20.4%
Woods 5.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Andrew Davies

03 Jul 2023 Summer

Beautiful route and recommended apart from the places where the stiles and fields are overgrown. Be prepared and careful where you walk - especially in summer the vegetation and arable farming mean that it is sometimes hard to see where you are putting your feet! And be prepared for brambles and nettles, depending on the season. Most of the route was clear and pleasant, especially just outside Axminster along the river. The pub in Chardstock has been closed for some time, but I was told there was another one a little distance off the route, which I didn't visit. On passing a farm I had trouble with a savage barking dog, but luckily the owner was about to control it.


Pilea

18 Jun 2023 Spring

We walked from Crewkerne to Axminster, and this route worked perfectly. I'd certainly recommended it!.


Danravenellison

18 Jun 2023 Spring

I really enjoyed this route and have nothing to add to the earlier reviews... other than the advice to take a stick or some secateurs to cut back the nettles that a blocking the path in a few pinch points. It should not put you off - just come prepared!

I'd 100% enjoy walking this route again.

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Helen Gough

24 Sep 2022 Autumn

An enjoyable fairly easy 8 mile walk, that is largely within the Blackdown Hills AONB. There is a fair bit of lane walking, but the lanes were very quiet. In fact the whole walk was quiet, very little traffic or people noise once outside the towns of Chard and Axminster.
The footpaths cross farmland, both arable and pasture. A local told me that they can get very boggy in the Alston area, but the ground was dry and firm when I walked.
In places there are fantastic views, especially overlooking Chard and Axminster. The route goes through a couple of villages, and in Chardstock there is a pub.
My only gripe is that the footpaths across some fields were planted with crops. In my case most of the crops had been harvested, so I marched straight across. There was one field where that wasn't possible, and I walked round the edge which was a bit overgrown. I don't mind going round the edge, but I want a path where I don't get scratched to bits!.


Hilary Willoughby

22 Jul 2021 Summer

Ideal route, a mixture of footpaths and easy walking on Country lanes. Advisable to have some secateurs with you as some of the stiles and gates were overgrown. Just outside Axminster there is a footbridge down, make sure you follow the Slow Ways route on the map as a detour is shown. A couple of fields before Porch Farm it was hard to find the stile, this is now a bit further along the hedgerow. At the time of walking some crops were high and no clear path cut through, it was easier to walk around the fields. At Sisterhood Farm, the Slow Ways route deviates from the main right of way and skirts down and around the farm buildings. The route from Axminster to Chardstock provides some glorious views and varied terrain. From Chardstock to Chard the route is nearly all country lanes. If you prefer not to walk along the roadway, you have a good map and the weather is good, then the route continuing straight on from Chardstock Church via Burridge common into Chard is a nice walk. You can rejoin the Slow Ways route at Bounds lane and enjoy the fantastic views over Chard.


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