Coombe Hill, Dundon Beacon and the Polden Way

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Aug 14
2021

7 people attending

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£12.50
Event booking closes on Aug 13 at 21:00:00
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14km with some steep climbs. (450 metres total height gain)

This is a 14km circular route taking in the picturesque Somerset countryside and around the Polden Hills.  Starting from the Coombe Hill wood,  we follow the Polden Way through Kings Wood and Great Beach Wood, where the Polden Way ends at Hurcot Hill, providing spectacular views towards Somerton and across the moors.

We then drop down to the valley and head up through the fields towards the Iron Age hill fort and nature reserve of Dundon Beacon. From here the route heads back up to re-join the Polden Way at Collard Hill, the location of the re-introduction of rare Large Blue butterflies in 2000.  From here we follow the Polden Way back to our start point, passing the large column that can be seen in the distance throughout today's walk, the Admiral Hood monument.

 

 

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  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
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Photo Credits: All photos taken by Colin Day and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.

 

Coombe Hill wood Polden Way footpath
View from Gilling Down out over Compton Dundon flanked by the Polden Hills
View from Hatch Hill looking South towards Dundon Hill and Somerton
The Admiral Hood Monument. Built in 1831 to commemorate Sir Samuel Hood
ODL flag picture from 2020 event with Dundon Beacon in background
View from Admiral Hood Monument looking out towards Glastonbury Tor
large field of crops with woods in background
Gilling Down section of Polden Way
Coombe Hill wood Polden Way footpath
View from Gilling Down out over Compton Dundon flanked by the Polden Hills
View from Hatch Hill looking South towards Dundon Hill and Somerton
The Admiral Hood Monument. Built in 1831 to commemorate Sir Samuel Hood
ODL flag picture from 2020 event with Dundon Beacon in background
View from Admiral Hood Monument looking out towards Glastonbury Tor
large field of crops with woods in background
Gilling Down section of Polden Way

Location

51.093496497899, -2.710747718811