Iron Acton Village
A rural walk across fields, through woods and along country lanes. Wonderful views across the pretty Frome Valley with a peek at delightful Iron Acton Village before heading toward Tubbs Bottom, visiting a cave, following a section of the Frome Valley Walkway and returning via Frampton End Lane. Couple of stiles and a few steps. Can be muddy and slippery after rain so sturdy footwear advised. Pub refreshments available.
Start at St Peter's Church.
Walk a short distance along Mill Lane and follow footpath sign on right through gate and over bridge.
Go through a smaller gate & turn Left into field, heading up a slight hill (there used to be a brick factory here – see the uneven ground. The ruins & chimney disappeared after 1970s).
Enter next field and head for far right-hand corner (past opening to adjacent field), where a muddy track ((hidden from view till you’re near), after a short distance, takes you to Hover’s Lane.
Turn Left and almost immediately turn Right into field to go anti-clockwise round edge of field but, if this is highly rutted, return to continue along Hover’s Lane; round bend and look for farm gate on right. Go through gap beside gate.
Follow track along edge of field, slightly uphill, watching for kissing gate on left to enter horses’ field.
Follow path across horses’ field, via 2 stiles to then go over 3rd stile near tall trees & house and turn Left onto road.
Follow road across bridge and round to left, passing Algars Manor on your right and crossing railway.
At end of lane, continue straight for a few metres and take the 2nd footpath on right.
This bends to left to bring you onto Iron Acton High Street. Turn Right and view the village houses etc as you head for the Church.
Turn Right into the churchyard and follow the footpath behind the church, keeping left and with houses on your left.
After a short distance behind the houses, turn Right over a stile/gate to follow a path across field.
Up steps, across railway, down steps
Turn immediately Right and head for farm gate to go through gap or over stile.
Turn immediately Left into Chill Woods, keeping left and taking 2nd trodden narrower path on Left (avoid uphill slope to right which would bring you on top of cave & mean a steep downhill bit)
Follow this path through woods, passing a little cave on right and opening out onto open grass.
Climb bank and cross river at Tubbs Bottom Weir and turn immediately Right to continue along Frome Valley footpath which meanders to road.
Turn Left onto Frampton End Road, watching out for traffic as you follow this narrow twisting road for approx 1⁄2 mile.
A short way after passing Tubbs Bottom Lane (on left), and at a sharp right bend, turn off left (straight ahead) to follow footpath behind houses before rejoining the road again.
Turn left into road (beware of traffic) and walk to end of road.
Turn Right into Church Road and continue down to St Peter’s Church.
Using the map. The map shows the main walk in yellow and alternative routes in red. The Start/End point is marked with a yellow diamond and points of interest on the route are marked with a red pin. Click on a red pin to see descriptions and photos.
Use the +/- buttons at the bottom of the map to zoom in or out. Use the icon at the top right of the map to get a full screen image.