Mortimer West End From Calleva
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This trail explores the area between Mortimer West End village and Calleva, the site of the Roman town. The walk follows well used tracks and lanes and includes a visit to a 12th century church. There are two pubs along the way to stop at for refreshments.
At the entrance to the visitors' car park, cross the road and head down the bridleway immediately opposite. The track descends to meet the Silchester to Mortimer road just before the Red Lion pub. Turn right onto the road and then after 25 yards turn right on a bridleway beside Elms Cottage and Farm.
Follow the lane as it climbs gently to West End Farm. At the farm continue forward descending to the valley. The lane bends right at the base of a pylon and then after 25 yards take the footpath on your left into the trees. The path emerges at the edge of a small wood. Climb the hill keeping the tree line on your right. At the top continue forward heading for the houses and the road. Cross over the road, turn right and follow the road to the Turners Arms public house.
With your back to the Turners Arms, turn left and head towards Mortimer village centre. A little further on you will find a small wooden footbridge on the right side of the road. Cross over the road and then the footbridge. At this point you will begin to see yellow Hampshire County Council footpath markers. Follow the path across the field keeping the hedge on your right. When you emerge onto a lane turn right. After 100 yards the lane turns sharp left. Continue forward rather than turning left, heading towards Simms Stud Farm.
When you reach the farm continue forward down the lane as it descends to a wood. Cross a small stream and then bear left across an open field and into a wood. This part of the walk can be very boggy after heavy rain. The track now climbs gently through the wood. When you reach the other side of the wood cross the open field, heading towards the ridge and pylon beyond. Descend to the base of the pylon and then the track climbs to meet a bridleway to the left of a cottage. Follow the bridleway up to Wall Lane and the amphitheatre on your right.
At the lane continue forward, passing Manor Farm House on your right, into Church Lane. St. Mary's church can be found 100 yards further down the lane. Walk through the churchyard and follow the path to the bridleway. Turn left. The bridleway takes you through the site where the centre of the Roman town once stood. At the end of the track follow the fenced path back to the car park.