Somerset bed and breakfast accommodation
The Old Masonic Lodge B&B
The Old Masonic Lodge Somerset bed and breakfast b&b accommodation
B&B Accommodation in Somerset from £27 per room
 
                
The Old Masonic Lodge bed and breakfast, in the Somerset Market Town of Shepton mallet. A perfect place to stay when visiting the West Country. On route from Stonehenge to Wells Cathederal and 15 minutes from Glastonbury Tor.  Perfectly located for visiting the Royal Crescent Bath, Cheddar Gorge, the caves of Wookey and Concord at The Fleet Air Arm Museum.
 
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Walking and cycling on and around the Mendip Hills 2

Fosse lane and beacon wood

This is an interesting little ride from your Somerset accommodation. Taking in part of the old Roman road, Fosse Lane with a climb up to beacon wood on the Mendip Hills and a ride along the ridge passing ancient burial mounds, and fantastic panoramic views of the Somerset countryside. This route takes in several bumpy tracks and is only recommended for mountain bikes.

 
 

Turn right when leaving the old Masonic Lodge B&B and proceed to the end of the round at the junction go straight over onto Longbridge, passing under the Waterloo Road Bridge and the old packhorse Bridge and emerging in leg Square taking time to look at the Georgian architecture and see if you can spot the privacy wall (I believe it to be the last one standing in the country) from leg Square bear left onto Garston Street noting the 16th century mill workers cottages that line the left-hand side of the road. Turn right onto the A 37 for 70 m and then left into kidd's line, it's well worth stopping to have a peek through the gate at the beautiful Mulberry Gardens and the majestic viaduct in the background. Around the corner , kidd's Lane becomes Victoria grove. Turn left at the end of Victoria grove on to Charlton Road for 240 m at the traffic lights, turn left onto Martin's Lane which becomes the Fosse Way after 200m and now the fun starts. After 1.6 K, you reach bolters Lane turn right and then left into yellingmill Lane after 120 m rejoin the Fosse Lane on your right. This section of the track can become quite overgrown with a steep climb the end. Bringing you up through beacon words and onto the old Frome Road turn left remembering to look out for the ancient burial mounds on your left as you clear the woods, and the wonderful panoramic views as Somerset stretches out before you. At the junction carefully cross the A 37  staying on the old Frome Road for 900 m turning left onto the track by the telephone mast. From here, enjoy the bumpy downhill ride until you reach the end of the lane, turn right onto Windsor Hill Lane, bearing left at the junction in 150 m, stay on Windsor Hill Lane for a further 700 m. Turning right into Ham Lane bear left at the next junction and follow the lane for a further 500 m looking out for a track on your left. Enjoy another rapid descent on this fairly bumpy track, until you reach the bottom. Turn right onto Forum line and roll all the way to the bottom, this is a good point to lock up your bike and pop into the horseshoe in for a well-deserved pint. Feeling refreshed, turn left in front of the horseshoe ride up Pike Hill for 450 m until you see the no entry sign for a Pike Lane. Turn into Pike Lane dismount if you want to but I never do, at the end of Pike Lane turn left down Cats Ash and around the bend at the bottom by the old Crown in and immediately left and your back into Draycott Road and less than 100 m from the old Masonic Lodge Somerset Bed & Breakfast.
Total ride distance just over 7 miles with a fair proportion of it on tracks.

 





Why suffer the pain of long traffic jams trying to get all the way to Cornwall, When you can stop in a Somerset bed and breakfast. Somerset the jewel of the West Country, Shepton Mallet sits in the centre of the county with all the major attractions, radiating around us
 
 
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