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The route of the Hutton Millenium Walk is shown here.  Set up in the year 2000 it consists of a 6.3 mile or 10 km. walk through the village and woods of Hutton.

Click on the image to see the route shown in Google Maps.

 

 

 

 

 

Starting at the Village Hall the points on the anti-clockwise route are:

 

Hutton Hill - Eastfield Road

From a point opposite the chestnut tree outside the village hall walk east up Hutton Hill for 70m and turn left into Eastfield Road.

Eastfield Road - Weston Way

Walk up Eastfield Road and follow it round to the right. Continue straight along the path until you reach Weston Way.

Weston Way - Vereland Road

Walk down Weston Way towards Vereland Road.

Vereland Road - Hutton Hill

Turn right into Vereland Road and walk to the end of the road where it meets Hutton Hill.

Hutton Hill - Field Footpath

Carefully cross the road and cross the stile into the field.

Field Footpath - Footpath

Walk south alongside the hedge to the end and then along the southern boundary.   to be continued...

Footpath - Church Lane

The Shelter Shed

The stables along this part of the footpath are on the site of what was once a medieval "shelter shed".  It was originally used to protect cattle from the weather, especially while feeding.  This type of building is quickly disappearing from the local landscape, but the stone pillars on Hutton's shed still remain.

Church Lane - Orchard Road

On your left is the entrance to Hutton Court. Hutton Court is probably the oldest domestic building in this part of the country.  The exact date of its foundation is not known, but it is likely to have been some time during the 13th Century.  Since then the Court has been rebuilt several times.  Of the present building, the main hall and tower are among the earliest surviving features.  These may date from the 1480s when Jihn Payne was Lord of the Manor.

In this hall John Payne, or his bayliffe, held his manorial courts.  Normally these took place twice a year and most of the cases concerned disputes over tenents' rights, the use of common land and the upkeep of buildings and ditches.

St Mary's Church

The earliest record of a church at Hutton dates from about 1280.  In the 15th century it was entirely rebuilt and no traces of the earlier building have survived.  More alterations were made during the Victorian era, including the removal of the south portch.

Inside, the more notable 15th century features include the stone pulpit and the short-ribbed vaulting on the tower ceiling.  The church is normally kept locked, but a key is available from the Rectory on the opposite side of Church Lane.

After 200m you will pass the Village Pound on your right:

In 1998 the Parish Council employed a local stonemason to carry out restoration work on the south / east walls of the building.  Hutton's pound is one of only two left in the County of Somerset, the other being at Crowcombe in the Quantocks.

Orchard Road - Main Road (Old Inn)

Walk down Orchard Road towards Main Road, opposite the Old Inn

Main Road (Old Inn) - Footpath opposite layby on Oldmixon Road

After leaving the Old Inn (!) walk west towards Weston-super-Mare for 1km, using the pavements whereever possible.  At the layby cross the road to the start of the footpath.

Footpath opposite layby on Oldmixon Road - Church Lane

Take the footpath south towards the woods.  40m before the edge of the woods turn laft and continue to follow the footpath, initially with the hedge on your left.  Continue straight across and you will reach Church Lane.

Church Lane - Upper Church Lane

Turn right to walk south along Upper Church Lane and straight on through the woods and out into open ground where a sign will indicate a left turn.  At this point you are at the edge of the Parish of Hutton.

 

 

Mining

This part of the footpath passes numberous small pits cut into the limestone bedrock.  These are the remains of yellow ochre mines.  Yellow ochre was an important source of pigment for paint.  The pits were opened in the 18th century and were the scene of intense activity for several decades.  In about 1756 ochre miners also discovered a cave containing the bones and teeth of elephants and other animals by then extinct in Britain.

 

The Village Green

As part of the Millenium Project for Hutton, the village green has been planted with many different types of wild flowers, bulbe, shrubs and trees to provide a pleasant recreation area for the people of the village.   They will also provide a food source for birds ansd the many bird, bat and inscet boxes also encourage, and help to protect, the wildlike of this area.

 

Please keep to the footpaths and remember the Country Code

Hutton is a Britain in Bloom Village and has won several awards in the past, including one for the Best Kept Village.

Please help to keep it that way by taking your litter home.

 

 

 

to be continued...