Walking the Mendip Way – Day 7: Shepton Mallet to Frome

In September 2018, I walked the Mendip Way with my parents. This walk in Somerset, England from Weston-super-Mare (near Bristol) to Frome promises green rolling hills, fresh air, a taste of the English countryside, and lots of cows!

Read an overview of the whole walk, or read notes from each day: Weston-super-Mare to Loxton (Day 1), Loxton to Cheddar (Day 2), Rest Day in Cheddar (Day 3), Cheddar to Priddy (Day 4), Priddy to Wells via Wookey Hole (Day 5), Afternoon & Morning in Wells (Day 5 & 6), Wells to Shepton Mallet (Day 6), and Shepton Mallet to Frome (Day 7).

Shepton Mallet to Frome (12.5 miles)

This was a long day! In general, we were tired from previous days of walking, and although 12.5 miles is not a huge distance to cover in a day over relatively flat ground, the walking over farmland was tricky and the path completely disappeared outside Chelynch at one point, making the day longer than it ought to have been.

Walking out of Shepton Mallet and getting to see the viaduct on a clear day was fantastic. We had to side-step a bunch of cows in order to cross the field but my dad is less afraid of them than I am so we managed.

Lovely walking betweeen Shepton Mallet and Chelynch.

After Chelynch, the path disappeared into a corn field lined with thistles. Although it could have been worse (it could have been raining!) morale was low as we picked our way through. It was frustrating because we hadn’t lost the trail: the trail just hasn’t been maintained through this section of farmland.

After we got through, the path opened up again as we crossed this field with this mystery pole in it…

What are you, mysterious pole?

Weaving our way uphill along a path lined with electric fencing ribbon to keep us separate from a bunch of horses, we reached Cranmore Tower [Google Maps link] and followed a lovely treed dirt path downhill again through Cranmore Wood.

Finding places to sit and rest was challenging, so we were relieved to find this log bench at the edge of Cranmore Wood

Resting on a rare bench at the edge of Cranmore Wood.

I stopped taking pictures after this point, even though we walked through some beautiful countryside. A lot of the path into Frome either crosses farmland (tough going, depending on what’s planted and what the ground is like) or uses paved roadway. Roadways are easier walking but oh MAN do cars go fast. It did not feel safe or comfortable to be on those roads with vehicles.

Closer to Frome, the Mendip Way joins up with some beautiful, treed pathways along (what I think is) Fordbury Water where lots of folks were out for an evening stroll, walking their dogs.

We made it into Frome in the early evening after several hours of walking.

What we felt our final destination ought to have been after such a long day of walking.
Evening in Frome.

I was only sorry that I wasn’t able to spend more time in Frome, which seems like a lovely place to explore. In particular, I missed out on visiting Frome Yarn Collective! Next time..

Read more about walking the Mendip Way

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