The Totterton Totter: BC to Totterton and Back

Bishop's Castle → Totterton → Bishop's Castle

6.1 miles, tarmac, circular, no stiles.

Out Of Town

As always we start in the Six Bells with a pint of home-brewed ale. Out of the front door, turn left 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 the disused 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 the hamlet. Follow the lane around to the right by the pretty black-and-white cottage. Carry on up the steep hill out of the hamlet. Carry on until you come to the T-junction with Stank Lane. Turn right.

Down Hill Back To BC

It is now straight all the way back to the Six Bells! Notice the lovely views down to the left on to the village of Lydbury North. Walk past the top of Oakeley Mynd with the radio mast. Notice the milestone (glad we’re not walking to London), then down the hill towards BC.

At the bottom of the hill you will come to the junction with the B4385. Carry on straight ahead up ‘Frenchman’s Mile’. Take care crossing the A488 again, then go straight ahead past the high school and church until the reach the ‘Bells’ again. Feel free to buy me a pint if I happen to be in.

Click here to see route on route on OS Map.

Click here for sketch map of the route.

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