Follow in the footsteps of royal librarian John Leland during his 16th century survey of Britain's churches and priories.
You start at King Alfred's Tower at the north-western edge of the Stourhead in Wiltshire and head west towards Bruton and Castle Cary Walk in Somerset. The route continues to South Cadbury where you will pass Cadbury Castle Iron Age Hill Fort before coming to the pretty village of Queen Camel. The next section takes you to Yeovilton with a short stretch along the River Yeo leading you through the village and on towards Ilchester. The path then turns south towards Montacute where you will pass the National Trust owned 16th century mansion at Montacute House and the delightful Ham Hill Country Park. The final stretch takes you on to the finish point at Ham Hill Country Park where you will find splendid views of the Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Dorset Downs.
Leland Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Leland Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Leland Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Leland Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the route you could stop at The Spread Eagle Inn on the Stourhead Estate for some refreshments. The eighteenth-century inn offers lunches, snacks, evening meals, cakes, tea and coffee, as well as a great selection of wines, beers, and gins. There's also a nice outdoor seating area to relax in during the summer months. You can find the inn at Church Lawn on the estate with postcode BA12 6QE for your sat navs.
Next to Ham Hill you'll find the excellent Prince of Wales. The pub is located right next to the hill and includes a lovely beer garden with fine views over the surrounding countryside. In the summer months there is live music in Amy’s garden, an ice cream hut, pizza oven and an outside bar. You can find the pub next to the hill with a postcode of TA14 6RW for your sat navs.
In South Cadbury, near Cadbury Castle, there's the Camelot to investigate. It's very conveniently located just a short stroll from the base of the ancient hill fort. The walls of the pub are even covered with information relating to the history of the castle site. There's a good menu and a lovely garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find it in the village on Chapel Rd, with a postcode of BA22 7EX for your sat navs.
In Bruton there's the 13th century Sun Inn. They do delicious Persian food and have a large garden area. You can find them on the High Street at postcode BA10 0AH for your sat navs.
In Castle Cary there's the historic George Inn. The quaint old inn dates all the way back to the 15th century. There's a charming olde worlde interior including an inglenook fireplace with an elm beam, said to date back to the 10th century. You can find them on the Market Place with a postcode of BA7 7AH for your sat navs.