This is only a brief synopsis of the walk. A full description and relevant map can be viewed on the attached pdf. We would recommend that this is used when undertaking the walk.
Using Tanners Hill, Backrill Lane, Brook End, Alderton Church,
Luckington and Sherston 21.
6 miles – mainly fields and tracks with short distances on roads.
- Go to Grove Wood via Tanners Hill. On leaving the wood the path continues across open fields to Backrill Lane and on to Brook End Ford
- Pass through the Luckington Churchyard, beside Luckington Court, which is a fine C18th mansion which was used as Longbourne, the home of the Bennet family, in the 1997 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Note the mature Cedars of Lebanon
- Crossing the bridge over the Avon walk up the hill on a path known locally as ‘The Rathole’, due to its tunnel-like appearance
- Walk towards Alderton Church. You will pass a recently restored mediaeval carp pond. Continue on through the attractive village to the pond
- Turn right into Tanhouse Meadow, through the steep riverside field with caves carved by quarriers in an outcrop of limestone. You can walk beside the nascent river, which has a claim to be the source of the Bristol Avon. Cross the bridge and amongst the trees you will see traces of houses; in the C19 this was a small hamlet housing a tannery
- Follow the path through the woods to Luckington, which has a shop and the popular Royal Ship pub
- Head towards Sopworth crossing meadow and pasture. This path links into the walk back to Sherston described in Walk 8.