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NORTON MALREWARD to CHEW MAGNA
BANES County Council have spent a lot of money installing metal kissing gates (X gates in map notes). This not only provides easy access through its numerous field boundaries but is a very visible indication of a public footpath and this makes path finding easier. Passing through so many gates in quick succession means you have to keep careful count to avoid getting off track.
There are two alternatives on the route. Between waypoints 6 and 7 our route runs down a track because its easier to navigate but there is another path running parallel to it. Sadly the landowner has ploughed this path; once crops get tall path finding will be difficult but you may think its worth a try for its better views. The route can be shortened by a mile by turning left over a bridge at waypoint 14 and rejoining at 16.
Very few of our routes have so many pubs to choose from. Three in Chew Magna plus others at Stanton Drew and Pensford.
How to get there: Park opposite the church in Norton Malreward. Via the A37 take the B3130 to Chew Magna at Belluton just north of Pensford. From Chew Magna there is only one road to the left once you are clear of the village.