Walking directions for Bruton Town
Bruton town centre is 10 minutes’ walk from the station exit: turn left out of the station and go down the hill, turn right at the end of Station Approach and keep on round the corner past St Mary’s Church (1) to Church Bridge (2) on the right. Across the bridge are a convenience store which also contains the post office and a sign to the Surgery (3) on Patwell Lane.
The short hill up Patwell Street brings you to the High Street, with the Pharmacy (4) opposite you. Turn left, and further along are the Community Office (5) (open most weekday mornings, with toilets and tourist information) and Bruton’s notable Museum. Along the High Street and as far as Legg’s Bridge (6) are independent shops, antique shops and galleries, a butcher, convenience stores, pubs, quality restaurants and a café.The seventeenth-
Mill on the Brue outdoor activity centre and the Longhouse, a notable venue for events (8) are 20-
Historic Gants Mill* is 30-
Hauser and Wirth Somerset’s well-
Near the station, before the road curves left below the church, there is a coffee outlet and a bit further on, next to the car park, a cheese shop.
If you want to get to the east side of Bruton there is a much shorter way by the footpath marked on the map at the far end of Platform 1 (16), taking you down to a bridge across the River Brue and then by the (sometimes muddy) Darkey Lane to the Brewham road; cross this and go up Brue Close, leading into Brue Avenue, which leads up to Eastfield, Burrowfield and Cuckoo Hill.
Buses stop at the points marked x; there are services to Wincanton, Street and Glastonbury several times a day. (Bus timetables are on the station web site and are easily printed out, Page 3 shows just the buses from Bruton to Castle Cary station). A public telephone is at the far end of the High Street (13).
SCHOOLS: King’s School (14) is just beyond the church, on both sides of the road. For Sexey’s School* (about 20 minutes’ walk from the station) go past King’s School, turn left at the T-
If you are going to Sexey’s School or Sunny Hill carrying heavy gear an easier route, avoiding the hill beyond King’s School, is to cross Church Bridge and follow the Riverside Walk (9), past the end of the Packhorse Bridge (10) and continue along Lower Backway; follow this for 5 minutes and after the end of the long stone wall take the footpath on the left; cross the wooden bridge and keep to the right on the path beside the river (9 again) to West End, then turn left, go under the railway bridge and along Cole Road. Bruton Primary School* (15) is on Higher Backway, just behind the High Street to the north.
* denotes places beyond the edge of the map