- Farleigh Hungerford Castle (English Heritage), nr Norton St Philip. Website
- Somerset Lavender Farm, Faulkland. Website
- Stoney Littleton Barrow (English Heritage), Wellow. Website
- Wellow Trekking Centre, Wellow. Website
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Wellow is on the course of the Somerset & Dorset Railway, in the Wellow Valley. On the northern edge of Wellow village the Colliers Way path diverges from the old railway line when it reaches the Wellow Trekking Centre.
At the trekking centre, which offers horse riding and outdoor activities, you can also take a break from your travels and enjoy the cafe.
Wellow village, which once boasted a Roman villa, and in darker times was touched by the Black Death, stands on a ledge on the side of the Wellow Valley. Dominating Wellow is St Julian's church dating from the 1300's, but this is a recent structure compared with the nearby Neolithic (3400-2400 BC) Stoney Littleton Barrow. This well-preserved and restored 30-metre long barrow can be found by following signs from Wellow along the valley's lanes, and then by a marked footpath. When you feel the need for provisions, call in at the community-run Wellow Village Store to be found on the main road.
A few miles from Wellow is the Somerset Lavender Farm at Faulkland. Here in the summer months, the flowering lavender is a haze of purple with an accompanying heady fragrance. Lavender- based soaps and oils, also plants and gifts are available in the shop and you can sample lavender ingredients used in some of the cafe's food.
Along the valley from Wellow are the small communities of Single Hill and Shoscombe, where the cycle route rejoins the railway line at Foxcote. Shoscombe is home to the Apple Tree pub, well worth a short detour from the path for its good food, drink and large beer garden beside rolling fields. Nearby Peasedown St John can trace its origins to the Iron Age with later Saxon settlement being in evidence, but the most striking feature is its position on the straight Roman road - the Fosse Way. In Peasedown St John there is a good selection of local shops; small supermarkets, a pharmacy and a good Indian restaurant, among others.
The handsome Red Post Inn was a coaching stop in the days of the turnpike, across the road is a dwelling converted from an old toll house. Peasedown is now by-passed by the busy A367 road from Bath to Shepton Mallet via Radstock. South east of Wellow is the interesting village of Norton St Philip, where in 1685 there was a minor battle during Monmouth's Rebellion. Here at the crossroads is the fine half-timbered George Inn, one of the oldest in the country, thought to have been built around 1223 and licensed from 1397.
Attractions and businesses shown are within a three-mile radius of the Colliers Way, unless stated.
Distances shown are approximate.
Services for this area can be found in our online Colliers Way directory