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Terrain: Mainly level with one steep hill out of Brendon.
Rockford to Brendon - Approx 6 miles
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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