Thornford to Bradford Abbas

Start in the settlement of Thornford, named after a river crossing and bordered by two growing streams. Wander the back lanes to the site of a Roman villa amongst a collection of lime kilns across the valley. Discover the musically rich Mill Farm, once a grist mill now a bustling smallholding full of llamas, sheep and apple orchards, while musical artists record in their newly developed studio. Explore Bradford Abbas, its church, war memorial and village well, now little more than a drain. Return following the railway to Wyke Farm, home to the largest tithe barn in the county, and by crossing the River Yeo, with the remains of Thornford Mill buried in the trees.

Distance:  4 miles/6.5km

Duration: 2 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 200ft.

Min Height: 125ft.

Total climb: 160ft.

Terrain: Tracks, paths, fields and roads.

Map: OS Explorer 129 Yeovil and Sherborne

Start Point: Thornford Village Hall (Postcode: DT9 6QD, Grid Reference: ST605132, What Three Words: slider.swaps.lamenting).

How to Get There: From Sherborne travel to the crossroads between the A352 and the B3145 and turn off the main routes onto Thornford Road.  Stay on the same country lane for just under 3 miles. Soon after entering the village the village hall and car park are on the left hand side.

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

Refreshments: On route is The Kings Arms in Thornford and The Rose and Crown in Bradford Abbas.

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