There are many lovely walks around Stocklinch and here you can find details about some of them. If you know of a walk that you would like to recommend please contact us with details and we will put it up on this page. We would also be very grateful for photographs from any of the walks. If you have any that you would like to share, you can either email them to us (if you have a digital photo) or send them/drop them off at Brakes Cottage and we can scan them in. We promise to give them back to you, so please don't forget to write your name and address.

It is wonderful to have the 'Rights of Way' but, it also means that you have to show respect and not disturb the land, wild animals, livestock and other peoples property.

Any person using a  public footpath has the right to remove as much of any obstruction as necessary to allow him or her to pass, but not to cause wilful damage to property. If the obstruction cannot be removed the walker is entitled  to leave the path and walk around it, causing no more damage than necessary. If the path has been sown with crops you are entitled to follow the route  even if it means treading on the crop. But remember to walk in a single file to make as little damage as possible.

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Walk 1 - Stocklinch Round

 Start: corner Tunway / Stoney Lane

Proceed up Stoney Lane, at the top turn left. Proceed along level and down to intersection and turn left on signed road and back to start.

Walk 2 - Ilford Bridges

Start: corner Tunway / Stoney Lane

Proceed out of village on Tunway and when pumping station is reached turn left on to track, over stream and straight ahead over field. On reaching farm track turn left passing Selvinge farm. Straight along track crossing road (Stocklinch - Whitelackington) follow road signed Atherstone.

Look for gate on left before farm buildings, cross field, cross stream and proceed across fields (blue rubber tubing on electric fence).

Proceed to new stile on road opposite entrance to Stocklinch Manor. Turn left and return to start through village.

Walk 3 - Dillington House

Start: Lower church (Mary Magdalen) in the village

Proceed to entrance to Stocklinch Manor and take footpath over stile opposite. Proceed across stream and on reaching road turn right and almost immediately cross road and follow path towards Whitelackington.

Proceed across stream and across field towards bypass. If this is not possible, go around edges of field to meet farm track and steps up to road to cross bypass.

Take right hand fork at Whitelackington and go up to old A303. Immediately turn right and in to drive of Dillington House.

Follow drive passing house on left. On reaching road at Ashwell turn right and over bypass and down steps to track bears right and into wood keep river Isle on right. On reaching old building proceed ahead towards marker in field. Bear slightly left and aim for river bank at The Bridges farm. On reaching road turn right and follow signposted road back to Stocklinch. Be very careful on this stretch as there is much traffic.

Walk 4 - Kingston

Start: Stocklinch Manor Entrance

Take footpath opposite Stocklinch Manor Entrance and proceed over fields and footbridge to road at Atherstone.

On reaching road turn right and almost immediately take signed path on opposite side of road. Cross field and stream and make for top corner of field near bypass.

Take farm track and up steps to cross road and bypass. Take right fork at Whitelackington. On reaching the old A303 turn right and cross road and look for signed path going into wood.

Pass ponds on right and on coming into fields look for church tower of Kingstone church.

Pass church on right and immediately turn right towards houses. Path is on right and may be difficult to see. It curves slightly to left and joins road at corner of Kingston Hill.    

Proceed down hill and take signed path to right at Knott Oak. Cross fields and rejoin path taken on outward journey. Turn left on meeting this path and with ponds on left return on this path in reverse direction.






















    5 - Stocklinch Churches



        corner Tunway / Stoney Lane


This walk takes you

        to both of the churches in Stocklinch, St

        Mary Magdalen and St Mary Ottersey,

        and it is a lovely way of seeing the village.


Walk up Stoney Lane,

        pass some of the medieval houses in the

        village. Before the lane starts climbing steeply uphill and just after

        the last house on your right, turn right, following a track up alongside

        the house.


At the top, continue

        through the kissing gate and cross the filed to the other side. There

        are some lovely views from the top of this field, across the valley of

        the river Isle towards the Quantock and Blackdown Hills. At the bottom

        of the field, to your right, you can see St Mary Magdalen with its characteristic

        bell tower.


When you crossed the

        field you come to another kissing gate, walk over the ditch and through

        the little gate. Go straight on. To your right, behind the trees lies

        Stocklinch Manor and a head of you, behind the group of trees you can

        see the church tower of St Mary Ottersey.


It is well worth having

        a look inside the church. Even though the font suggests that there was

        a church on this site in the Norman times, the earliest known documentary

        references are from 1321.


Leaving the church,

        and with the church behind you, walk down the field to the big farm gate.

        There is a kissing gate to the left. Go through the gate and you will

        come out on a lane with some houses oppose. Turn right and you walk pass

        Stocklinch Manor on your right hand. When you come to the T junction turn

        right and walk down Owl Lane. You will soon come to St Mary Magdalen church

        on your right. The church was built in the early part of the 14th century.

        If you carry on walking down Owl Lane it will take you pass the Village

        Hall on your left to the corner of Tunway and Stoney Lane where you started.





Walk 6 - Barrington



        corner Tunway / Stoney Lane





    up Stoney Lane and turn left at the top of the hill. Carry on and shortly

    you will come to a widening of the lane and you will find a foot path up on

    your right hand side. Climb over the stile and walk across the field and over

    the stile on the other side.


Turn left and follow

        the foot path along side the field. Carry on walking until you come to

        the end of the field and you have two stiles in front of you, one to your

        right and one a little bit further on to your left.


Climb the left stile*

        and walk down across the field. You can see a stile just at the bottom

        by the houses. Go over the style and the path takes you through some houses

        down to Barrington high street, where you turn left.


*Alternatively: instead

        of climbing over the stile and down across the field, there is a path

        going down on the left of the field which also takes you down the Barrington

        high street, where you turn left.


Walk through the village

        and you will see some lovely old hamstone houses. You will pass the Old

        Oak Inn on your right and the church on your left. Shortly after the church,

        just before the red telephone box, take Copse Shute Lane/Lobbs Lane to

        the left. Following up the lane through some houses and when you come

        to Copse Shute House there is a green 'Public Footpath' sign pointing

        to the right. Follow the narrow lane just up by the thatched cottage.


Climb over the stile

        at the top and follow the footpath up to the top of the field where there

        is another stile to climb. Here you have a lovely view and on a clear

        day you can even see Glastonbury Tor.


Turn left and follow

        the footpath alongside the fields. Turn right when you come to a down

        hill bit of the path where you can either choose a path to the left across

        a stile or turn right. Carry on walking alongside the field. You will

        come to a country lane with a football pitch oppose. Turn left here and

        keep on walking until you come to a T junction. Turn left here and you

        will join the lane you walked before you climbed the first stile.




More walks


For more informations

        about other walks please visit South Petherton Walking Group's website




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