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Slow Ways linking Frome and Bath, Bradford-On-Avon, Bruton, Maiden Bradley, Radstock, Shepton Mallet, Trowbridge, Warminster, Westbury

England / Somerset / Frome

Frome’s nine Slow Ways are 67% checked

Drawn: 9/9
reviewed: 9/9
verified: 3/9
and surveyed: 3/9

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Slow Way Route To do
Bath—Frome
Batfro one Enjoy me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 404m Descent 450m
Bath—Frome
Batfro two Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 762m Descent 819m
Bath—Frome
Batfro three Verify me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 394m Descent 438m
Bruton—Frome
Brufro one

Double check Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 271m Descent 262m
Frome—Bradford-On-Avon
Frobra one

Double check Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 174m Descent 207m
Frome—Bradford-On-Avon
Frobra two

Double check Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 208m Descent 244m
Frome—Bradford-On-Avon
Frobra three Verify me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Frome—Bradford-On-Avon
Frobra four Enjoy me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 70m Descent 13m
Frome—Bradford-On-Avon
Frobra five Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 304m Descent 268m
Frome—Maiden Bradley
Fromai one

Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 292m Descent 163m
Frome—Maiden Bradley
Fromai two Pioneer me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 271m Descent 144m
Frome—Trowbridge
Frotro one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 145m Descent 171m
Frome—Trowbridge
Frotro two

Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 136m Descent 167m
Frome—Warminster
Frowar one

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 109m Descent 165m
Frome—Warminster
Frowar two

Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 130m Descent 182m
Frome—Westbury
Frowes one Enjoy me Distance 14km/8mi Ascent 157m Descent 160m
Radstock—Frome
Radfro one Verify me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 194m Descent 188m
Radstock—Frome
Radfro two Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 250m Descent 247m
Shepton Mallet—Frome
Shefro one Review me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 495m Descent 425m

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Collective progress

72% of Frome’s nine route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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15/19

surveyed

3/19

verified

15 people have contributed to Frome’s Slow Ways

11 people have pledged to walk and review a route

15 people have surveyed a route in Frome

308km out of 320km have been walked and reviewed

630km of reviews have been shared in Frome

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The section of route between Honingsham and the house and so between Honingsham and leaving the park at Cole Hill is, according to the estate not accessible on foot, although a Sustrans trail and part of the Wiltshire Cycle way. you need to be on a cycle. Fromai (two) is a good option....

Tim Ryan

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A good route with a mix of fieldy footpaths, disused railways and of course the unique two tunnels. Recommended....

cal2903

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After leaving Frome there were no real problems until we walked out of Beckington and found that two fields ST80797 52316 the footpath was planted with maize which was 5ft high necessitated walking around the narrow overgrown perimeter of the fields.Further on the path again disappeared under more maize, ST 81848 53644 heading for Monkley Lane, again having to walk around the overgrown perimeter. Our next problem occurred at Hoopers Farm, ST 82968 54551, where the fp signs were non existent and the path route has been fenced off into separate paddocks for horses. We eventually reached Trowbridge without further problems....

Pete

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The walk followed the river until it turned off into an housing estate which caused some confusion, however having crossing the A361 open countryside beckoned and despite fields with cows and ‘Beware of the Bull’ signs the walk was pleasant.As mentioned in previous report by Brian the footpath had been altered around Heath House Farm which caused confusion. The walk continued over fields and excellent views of Cley Hill until the outskirts of Warminster where the remainder of the walk was along pavements along a busy road for 1.75 miles to the centre of Warminster...

Pete

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It felt like the route divided up into four parts of fairly equal length in terms in character. I came through this quarter of the route with legs sore from nettles and brambles, and there was also one section where whatever crop (see pic) it is that’s grown thick and bushy, and 4 to 5 feet high by late May seemed to have completely swamped the path across it, and I was forced to take a detour! It’s a great choice of route, since you don’t really feel like you’re in the city till the very last few hundred metres...

JerB

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Brian surveyed Batfro three

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Juliet Morgan took this photo on Batfro two

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This is a great walk but could be enhanced with a slight deviation from the centre of Frome by taking the route through the cheese and grain car park and walking along the edge of the river past Welshmill Park and then through Spring Gardens to rejoin the walk at Coalash Lane....

Juliet Morgan

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It is identical to Batfro two other than the section coming from Frome direction, from just before the tunnel entrance....

Brian

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I recorded and submitted this route, in response to the review of Batfro 1 by Panifex....

Brian

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Brian surveyed Batfro two

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Bath—Frome

Brian added Batfro three, a new walk from Bath to Frome

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Brian surveyed Batfro one

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Bath—Frome

Brian added Batfro two, a new walk from Bath to Frome

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Coming from Frome direction on the cycle track, pass the Tucking Mill gate ( on right ) and continue on the next galv gate on left, go through this and slog uphill....

Brian

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Frobra one is possibly dangerous, in having to cross the A361, and Frobra two is currently impossible...

Brian

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Anna-Marie Bartlett took this photo on Frobra four

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The roads are in the main quiet village roads, but you do have to cross the A36 as you leave Beckington. I didn’t give it 5*s because of the steps which might mean access issues for some walkers and the need to cross over the A36 and climb over the crash barrier to pick up the footpath which might be an access issue and can be challenging at busy times....

Anna-Marie Bartlett

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Great walk, easy route to follow. Some hills and styles but lovely views as well. Muddy in parts at this time of year....

Juliet Morgan

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The routes to the east of the B3090, have to cross the very busy A361, whereas this route to the west of the B3090 is slightly longer, is both far safer, and significantly more attractive...

Brian

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Frome—Bradford-On-Avon

Brian added Frobra five, a new walk from Frome to Bradford-On-Avon

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A tweak to FroBra three, which cuts out a challenging section behind the Creamery, and some difficult stiles....

Brian

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Frome—Bradford-On-Avon

Brian added Frobra four, a new walk from Frome to Bradford-On-Avon

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It cuts out the difficult section from Oldford to Beckington, in favour of a quiet lane, and a longer section of the Macmillan Way...

Brian

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Frome—Trowbridge

Brian added Frotro two, a new walk from Frome to Trowbridge

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I found the section from Oldford behind the Creamery factory challenging in summer, it was heavily overgrown with brambles, and I kept falling in the dry ditch ( full of water in winter )....

Brian

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The shortest route between these two places is as Frotro one, ie along the pavement adjacent to the road as far as Oldford, whilst not the most scenic, it is the shortest at about 3.50 mi....

Brian

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The locked gate that both Brian and I came across last time was not locked this time - I do wonder if we both just missed the not quite obvious latch?...

panifex

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Whilst still recovering from invasive treatment for Plantar Fasciitis, I managed to walk a series of routes between Beckington and Frome, and whilst on paper it looks ok, in reality the fp between Berkley Lane, and Whitechapel Lane, doesn't exist....

Brian

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Bath—Frome

sleeping-hedgehog pledged to walk Batfro one

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Frome—Warminster

Dion Dobrzynski pledged to walk Frowar two

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A couple of dodgy ones though and care needed crossing the 3 lanes on the A36....

Nick Clark

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This is a fantastic walk, mostly along the well used and well waymarked East Mendip Way, diverting to visit Leigh-Upon-Mendip at the half-way point. The route out of Shepton is possibly a little confusing for anyone not acquainted with the town - but it is well mapped, so no problems if you follow the route. The diversion from the East Mendip Way to Leigh upon Mendip is necessary to make this route compliant to the Slow Ways methodology (and the church and pub there are well worth a visit - and it is possible to make yourself a cup of tea in the church for a small donation). The trick is to NOT join the road - even though the sign there has an old East Mendip Way sticker on it - but rather follow the path round to the left....

panifex

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Once of of the town the walk improved until we got to The Pines Residential Site were the foot path was blocked between the site and Whitechapel Lane. and made it un walkable spoke to a resident at Whitechapel Lane who said the path had been blocked for the last 20 years. After this the walk was enjoyable and was easy to follow....

Pete

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Frome—Bradford-On-Avon

panifex added Frobra three, a new walk from Frome to Bradford-On-Avon

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I walked this route today and it was just as good as I imagined. Crossing the A36 was the least pleasant part of the route (and the reason I've only given this 4 stars...) but I only had to wait probably less than a minute. There is another steep set of steps to descend from the castle to the valley, but then the walk along the valley towards Iford Manor is really lovely. The climb up Iford Hill was not too bad, and the route through the housing estate at Westwood was obvious....

panifex

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Next is a short very hillocky section, thereafter a series of long grass fields with broken stiles ( I have reported these to Somerset CC ) Up to, and through Beckington is fine. Post Beckington to Southwick is a series of cropped fields, ploughed out fields, and a few locked field gates....

Brian

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Radstock—Frome

Brian added Radfro two, a new walk from Radstock to Frome

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There is a new housing estate, and the route on the ground follows Nelson Ward Drive all the way into the centre...I think it is a slightly less convoluted route. Over 6.5 mi of 8 mi are pavement, or tarmac track, but the short steep drop into Vallis Vale is why I rated the route with only two stars...

Brian

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I undertook this route from Frome to Radstock, after nearly falling down the steep slope into Vallis Vale off the East Mendip Way....

Brian

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There are steep sections as you come out of Bath, but this is unavoidable, and in fact the route this slow way takes through Bath is really great. It isn't possible to follow the exact route shown by the gpx file - instead you have to take the righthand (west) of the two footpaths (if you take the other one, like I did, you either have to make a long diversion, or climb over some 6 foot high gates...)....

panifex

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Reasonably good route; only issues are with several fields that during spring and summer are growing large crops that make passage difficult and/or uncomfortable due to their size. Would recommend using some judgement at several points to take a lane around the slightly more direct field. Was also chased by a herd of cows and had to jump a farmer’s fence....

Bryan Johnson

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Frome—Warminster

Brian added Frowar two, a new walk from Frome to Warminster

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I walked this route from Warminster, and it is generally a very pleasant route, following pavement, and field tracks with sections of quiet roads, and fields with crops....

Brian

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The pavement section down the A3098 is fine, but at Rodden Road, the pavement disappears, and you are required to walk down a BUSY two lane road ( Styles Hill ), with no pavement and past a blind bend....

Brian

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Terrain good may be muddy in places during wet spells (ploughed fields)....

Gareth Hiscock

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Heading from Frome the paths were in good order with signage, good gates etc until Corsley Mill....

Gareth Hiscock

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Goes along the disused railway for most of the way, and then follows the East Mendip Way into Frome. One section through the woods just before Frome is a little tricky (steep and would be slippery in the rain) but other than that this is a great slow way....

panifex

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The segment along the A362 is short enough, and after a steep uphill segment after the Slow Way route turns towards Frome Station, there's a long stretch of path along the River. This path is VERY overgrown in parts, and often overgrown with stinging plants! Approaching the B3092 the path goes through a succession of fields (and gates), and the last field had several cows in it. In other segments, the path was very overgrown (again with stinging plants!). Where the Slow Way route goes up Pottle Street a little bit before heading back into the field, just continue straight across and don't go up Pottle Street - there's no path there!...

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StephenGauntlett surveyed Frowes one

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After Dilton Marsh, the path continues through arable fields until reaching a road and railway (path passes under) at Penleigh, after which the route is more urban into Westbury....

StephenGauntlett

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Frome—Bradford-On-Avon

Richard Craft added Frobra two, a new walk from Frome to Bradford-On-Avon

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- there is one section about a mile or so long which is very difficult and uncomfortable to walk because of unmarked stiles, stiles obscured by thick growth and sections of footpath heavily overgrown....

Richard Craft

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Frome—Maiden Bradley

Martin Hibbert added Fromai two, a new walk from Frome to Maiden Bradley

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Frome

Gingdavis77 surveyed Frome

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I have only walked this route as far as South Brewham, so cannot comment on the remainder. However the section from Colinshayes to S Brewham cannot be followed on the ground without either GPS or map and compass. It is not a beginner's route and not easy to navigate....

James Hood

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Bath—Frome

Slow Ways added Batfro one, a new walk from Bath to Frome

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Bruton—Frome

Slow Ways added Brufro one, a new walk from Bruton to Frome

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Frome—Bradford-On-Avon

Slow Ways added Frobra one, a new walk from Frome to Bradford-On-Avon

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Frome—Maiden Bradley

Slow Ways added Fromai one, a new walk from Frome to Maiden Bradley

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Frome—Trowbridge

Slow Ways added Frotro one, a new walk from Frome to Trowbridge

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Frome—Warminster

Slow Ways added Frowar one, a new walk from Frome to Warminster

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Frome—Westbury

Slow Ways added Frowes one, a new walk from Frome to Westbury

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Radstock—Frome

Slow Ways added Radfro one, a new walk from Radstock to Frome

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Shepton Mallet—Frome

Slow Ways added Shefro one, a new walk from Shepton Mallet to Frome

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Frome, Wed 19 June

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Frome’s Slow Ways starting point

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ST7764948039

Lat / Lon

51.23109° / -2.32149°

Easting / Northing

377,649E / 148,039N

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