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Slow Ways linking Ilminster and Chard, Crewkerne, Hemyock, Langport, South Petherton, Taunton, Wellington, Somerset

England / Somerset / Ilminster

Ilminster’s seven Slow Ways are 54% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 6/7
verified: 1/7
and surveyed: 1/7

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Ilminster from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Chard—Ilminster
Chailm one

Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 115m Descent 51m
Chard—Ilminster
Chailm two Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 95m Descent 28m
Hemyock—Ilminster
Hemilm one

Double check Distance 26km/16mi Ascent 480m Descent 576m
Hemyock—Ilminster
Hemilm two Review me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 506m Descent 601m
Ilminster—Crewkerne
Ilmcre one

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 190m Descent 217m
Ilminster—Crewkerne
Ilmcre two Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 229m Descent 256m
Ilminster—Langport
Ilmlan one Review me Distance 19km/11mi Ascent 208m Descent 168m
Ilminster—South Petherton
Ilmsou one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 115m Descent 110m
Ilminster—South Petherton
Ilmsou two Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 162m Descent 166m
Taunton—Ilminster
Tauilm one Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 291m Descent 267m
Wellington, Somerset—Ilminster
Welilm one

Double check Distance 31km/19mi Ascent 632m Descent 600m
Wellington, Somerset—Ilminster
Welilm two Review me Distance 32km/20mi Ascent 742m Descent 775m

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Collective progress

60% of Ilminster’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

11/12

reviewed

5/12

surveyed

1/12

verified

3 people have contributed to Ilminster’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Ilminster

197km out of 221km have been walked and reviewed

246km of reviews have been shared in Ilminster

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After that I had to cross fields of sweetcorn, where unfortunately it was shortly before harvest and the crop was thick and towering over me. I walked the field edge path, which wasn't great, there isn't really a path and the crop is planted almost to the hedgerow. Some of the paths on the map have disappeared, so I stuck to the forestry commission tracks, but they don't connect well with the other plantations, so following this route, when you get to locked gates at a water/drainage station look right for a narrow path through the woodland. After this path, you have to cross the B3170, and go through a gate to the next plantation. Look right and follow a firm narrow path that leads you uphill and then to a proper track. I couldn't work out where the path was, until I realised the path was a stream. The crops will be gone soon, so those fields will be easy to cross most of the time....

Helen Gough

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Wellington, Somerset—Ilminster

Helen Gough added Welilm two, a new walk from Wellington, Somerset to Ilminster

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Helen Gough surveyed Chailm one

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Helen Gough took this photo on Chailm one

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The route makes it look like you can merge onto the Stop Line, a disused railway, but you have to cross the bridge then turn right and right again to get to the line. There are 2 sections of this route that use the Stop Line, which is a shared cycle/footpath. At other times of the year, there are probably more views, but at the moment the fields are planted with corn, and it's really tall right now....

Helen Gough

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When the houses are built I'm sure there will be a way through, but right now it's fenced off, and looks like it will be for months, if not years. I know there isn't a bridge across the M5 on the byway, and I'm 90% sure there isn't an underpass. I don't like either option, but I think Ford Street isn't as busy as Junction 26....

Helen Gough

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I walked from Ilminster as far as Seavington St Michael where I turned off to camp at Lopen Head. The first part, once you have left Ilminster, is along lanes and through the woods, and is very pleasant. But I lost the route around the Knott Oak dairy and ended up wading through wild overgrown fields - check your map against the footpaths very carefully!...

Andrew Davies

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Not for those who like scrambling up and down rocky or muddy hills, this is an easy flat walk through lovely countryside. I loved the bits of history along the way too....

Andrew Davies

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Helen Gough surveyed Ilmlan one

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I saw that a lot of the route was over footpaths across farmland, none of them part of a recognised trail, and I was prepared for a battle with crops, livestock and overgrown paths. There were a couple of places where crops were across the path, but in the first case (at Stockbridge) there was a path around the field edge, and the second time it was easy to walk through the crops without damaging them. I would advise a map and/or GPS to find the exits, some are easy to walk past....

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Helen Gough surveyed Hemilm two

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I really enjoyed parts of this walk, but there were also a couple of sections that made me swear loudly (sorry universe). My first problem was at Bolham Farm where I had to walk through a field of cows. I threw my dog over the gate, and jumped over myself, swearing loudly the whole time. I was in a foul mood by now, but immediately after this, the route follows a ridge top walk with really lovely views of rolling green countryside. Parts of this section were tricky without signage through the farms. The best news is that this section is very short, just a few yards and after this there really aren't any serious problems. I really enjoyed walking through Jan Hobbs Nature Reserve, which gave shade and wildlife after several miles of lanes. All in all, it's a good walk, with some really great highlights, just be prepared!...

Helen Gough

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Firstly at the Hemyock the route is plotted along field boundaries, not rights of way. Secondly it has a stretch of walking along the A303 where there is no path....

Helen Gough

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Hemyock—Ilminster

Helen Gough added Hemilm two, a new walk from Hemyock to Ilminster

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Helen Gough surveyed Chailm two

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Ilminster—South Petherton

Helen Gough added Ilmsou two, a new walk from Ilminster to South Petherton

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The footpath that then leads away from the road is a dead-end, as it leads to a boggy wood where the footbridge across is has collapsed. Also the footpath from Seavington St Michael to Frogmary Green has been changed, and this route is blocked by hedgerow. Use Ilmsou 2 which avoids these problems...

Helen Gough

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Mostly a nice walk, in winter there are muddy, but passable sections....

Helen Gough

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It is also known as The Stop Line, which originally went from Burnham to Seaton and was fortified to prevent the German army from advancing through the country should they invade via the West Country. The Covid pandemic is bad, but at least you didn't have to send your children away to be brought up by unvetted strangers/ at least you didn't have to bring up the children of unvetted strangers. You may have demoralised everyone who lived to the west of you, but you gave me my first clean walk of the winter, and my tri-coloured collie was still tri-coloured at the end of it....

Helen Gough

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Helen Gough took this photo on Chailm two

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Ilminster—Crewkerne

Helen Gough added Ilmcre two, a new walk from Ilminster to Crewkerne

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Route is fine apart from the way in/out of Ilminster which involves a mile of road walking, on a B road where there is no path. Use IlmCre two instead...

Helen Gough

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Decent route between Crewkerne and Ilminster via Hinton St George using footpaths and quiet lanes. Coming into Ilminster you go through a field with horses behind electric fences, and for some reason the land owner has put a barrier across the path....

Helen Gough

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Chard—Ilminster

PhilthyOne added Chailm two, a new walk from Chard to Ilminster

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Good hard paths along length, cycleway tarmac near towns at both ends. One fairly busy country lane to cross, where cars move quite fast, but visibility is good. Easy to navigate route....

PhilthyOne

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PhilthyOne surveyed Chailm one

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What's interesting is that there is a more direct route following this old railway line for the whole length, that is part of SusTrans route 33....

PhilthyOne

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Route follows a mix of farmland paths and permissive access along the old Ilminster to Chard railway line. Easily followed, but map will be required. Long sections of tarmac as well as paths over farmland, which can be muddy....

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Ilminster

PhilthyOne surveyed Ilminster

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Chard—Ilminster

Slow Ways added Chailm one, a new walk from Chard to Ilminster

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Hemyock—Ilminster

Slow Ways added Hemilm one, a new walk from Hemyock to Ilminster

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Ilminster—Crewkerne

Slow Ways added Ilmcre one, a new walk from Ilminster to Crewkerne

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Ilminster—Langport

Slow Ways added Ilmlan one, a new walk from Ilminster to Langport

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Ilminster—South Petherton

Slow Ways added Ilmsou one, a new walk from Ilminster to South Petherton

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Taunton—Ilminster

Slow Ways added Tauilm one, a new walk from Taunton to Ilminster

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Wellington, Somerset—Ilminster

Slow Ways added Welilm one, a new walk from Wellington, Somerset to Ilminster

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Ilminster, Wed 19 June

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Ilminster’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

ST3613814539

Lat / Lon

50.92675° / -2.91004°

Easting / Northing

336,138E / 114,539N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Ilminster's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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