A circular walk from the Plateau above Southstoke down into the Cam Valley via the Fosse Way (the Roman road from Exeter to Lincoln).  The walk combines great views, picturesque scenery and plenty of historic interest from Roman times to the present day.  With an opportunity to finish the walk at the recently restored Packhorse community pub in Southstoke, there should be something for everyone on this walk.

Start Date Friday 20th September 2019
Start Time 09:45
Duration 4 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Places Available 15
Meeting Point Cross Keys Inn, Combe Down BA2 5RZ


Start / Finish

Start: Cross Keys Inn, Combe Down BA2 5RZ.
Finishes at the Packhorse Inn, Southstoke BA2 7DU. (The Cross Keys is a further 500m along Southstoke Lane.) Buses (3,3A, D2 & X67) run regularly from the town centre to the Cross Keys.


Along Public Footpaths, Bridleways and through fields. Some walking along lanes. One long descent but mostly flat with one ascent towards the end into Southstoke. Could be muddy in places if wet. Stout footwear is advised. Some stiles and steps. As there may be livestock, dogs are not permitted on this walk.


No loos on the route. Bring drink and snack for a mid route stop. The Packhorse community pub is at the end of the walk.


Tim Sheppard and Jenny John

Meeting Point

Cross Keys Inn, Combe Down BA2 5RZ