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The Route:- Start the route at the small car park at Dry Bridge on the B3232 on Brendon Common.|
Follow the path from the car park sign-posted to Shilstone leading towards the trig point . Here carry straight over descending off the moor, the path well marked by yellow way markers. The route continues down towards Shilstone Farm.
Continue descending through pasture fields to cross a small brook before ascending up to Shilstone Farm. Walk between the farm buildings to a gate in front of you, cross the field towards the stone corner of a hedge on the other side of the field. Here you see another sign directing you to your left down through the next field to a style at the bottom leading onto a small lane.
Turn left onto the lane and follow it down the hill and a short distance up the other side before turning right onto a footpath which takes you down into the woods.
Descend steeply towards Rockford following the course of a small brook reaching another lane at the bottom where you turn left and follow the road for a short while towards Rockford.
Just before entering the hamlet turn right across a wooden footbridge and then right again onto a footpath towards Brendon.
Continue along the path following the banks of the river Lyn the route finally leading you through Contisburry Mill and onto a small lane where you continue straight on. You eventually cross the river via the road bridge at Brendon.
Just after crossing the Lyn there is a crossroads, here you continue straight over sign-posted to Tippacott. Follow the lane for about a mile ascending out of the valley and leading you to a cattle grid and back onto Brendon Common. Cross straight over the lane in front of you onto a track sign-posted Dry Bridge.
The path heads towards a field then follows the field fence on your left until reaching a corner of a hedge where the route divides. Avoid the temptation to turn right, even though it is sign-posted back to Dry Bridge, instead carry straight on in the direction of Malmsmead.
Continue along the route, shortly crossing a major grass track, carry straight over and towards the brow of the hill. Follow the track down the other side until you reach a sign-post, here turn right onto a stony track way marked to Dry Bridge.
Follow the stony track towards the hill and just before the brow by a big stone another track leads to your right. Turn right here and return the short distance to Dry Bridge, the path returning just a few yards from the car park.
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