The Roberts Family

On Oakeley Mynd Baht 'At

Bishop's Castle → Totterton → Bishop's Castle
5.3 miles, mostly off-road, circular, lots of stiles.

Out Of Town

As always we start on the bench in front of the church, by the lychgate. Go straight across then up the hill towards the town. Go straight over the crossroads by the Boar;s Head, then on up the hill. Just as it starts to get steep, turn right under an 'archway' signed 'Chapel Yard'. Go up the yard then go left then right into School Lane.


When you get to Station Street turn left up hill. Follow the road around to the right as it becomes Schoolhouse Lane and it will lead you out of town. You should pass the doctors' surgery on the left, then, around the bend, the hounds’ kennel on the right.

Up Hill To Totterton

Carefully cross the A488 and go straight up the lane opposite. After a while you will pass through the demolished bridge of the long closed Bishop's Castle Railway. Carry on, ignoring any turns to left or right. You will now pass where there used to be a horse training track. Keep on up the hill, over the top, then down the other side. You will pass a farm on the left, then, after the lane straightens out for a little, turn right up the hill.

Around a hundred metres up the hill take the left fork (the narrower one), then follow the steep lane around to the left into the centre of Totterton.


Turn 90 degrees to the right by the beautiful black and white cottage. Almost opposite this cottage pass through the gate (89) next to the workshop on the right and into the field. After climbing up from the gate head upwards across this field to a stile (88) in the middle of the top hedge.

Back Home Over The Mynd

Cross the farm road and over the matching stile on the opposite side. This is half way and a good place for a rest.

Head up hill across this field. The next stile (86) is next to a vehicle gate in the far hedge. (When I did this walk last the stile's steps had collapsed, but the gate was open.) Keep going roughly across this next field until you reach a further pair of stiles (85 and 84) either side of strange narrow strip field. Cross both and on into a long narrow field with a forest on the right. At the far end of this field climb up to another stile (83) and on into another field.

There are good views up here over to Heath Mynd and the hills above Churchstoke.

Walk across this field then pass over another stile (82) in the opposite fence, then over the next field then through yet another stile (81) on its far side. In the next field go diagonal and down-hill heading between two dead trees. Here you will see a stile (80) which takes you into the wood. Follow the steep path which takes you diagonally down through the wood.


Climb one more stile (79) with a good view as you leave the wood then continue down heading towards the house you can see. Once on the level, keep to the right of the hedge on the left and head directly towards the house. Beware, this is another boggy patch. Go through the kissing gate (77) then turn left on the farm road.

After a short while the road bends right, then take a sign-posted path through the bushes on the right. This leads you to a series of well-defined cross-field paths which lead through sheep fields and gates 75, 74 and 73 directly back to A488. Carefully cross the road and follow the path alongside the factory up to Bowling Green Close then back into town.

If you have Google Earth installed use it to open this file to see the walk.

Click here to download my .gpx file.