Bourton and Wyndham’s Oak

Starting in the small hamlet of Silton, hidden in the northern corner of the Blackmore Vale, follow the medieval roads through the landscape to Bourton. Join the little River Stour and follow it up stream to remains of a bustling industry that kept the village alive. Skim the three corners of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset, marked by an ancient stone, placed there by King Alfred’s grandfather, Egbert of Wiltshire. Return via the tracks that have been sliced apart by the A303 and into the old estate of Silton, linked to the famous drink of Babycham. Pass more evidence of long gone industry to arrive at Wyndham’s great oak, standing for 1000 years.  Its named gained from a notary character whose remains outweigh his own manor house.

Distance:  3.5 miles/5.5km

Duration: 1-2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 450ft.

Min Height: 300ft.

Total climb: 165ft.

Terrain: Track, path, road and field.

Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne

Start Point: Car park at St Nicholas Church, Silton. (Postcode: SP8 5PR, Grid Reference: ST781293, What Three Words: effort.archduke.overcomes).

How to Get There: Travel north from Gillingham on the B3081. After about a mile, turn left onto Post Office Road. Continue onto Martins Lane and then take the next left onto Waterloo Lane. Follow the road around into the village and the church is on your right hand side. Parking is just through the gate.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: Just off the route is The White Lion Inn on Bourton and nearby is The Bell and Crown in Zeals.

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