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Starting at the site of Spetisbury Station, this walk of around 3km
(just under 2 miles) includes part of the long lamented Somerset & Dorset Railway
that was so cruelly killed by British Railways Western Region shortly after nationalisation, simply because it hadnʼt been built by the Great Western.
As you walk along the railway line, listening to the constant drone of the traffic on the main road below you canʼt help thinking that
we were quite mad, back in the 60s, to move everything off the railways and on to the roads. The environmental impact on the houses below you must be horrific.
Also of interest on this walk is the remains of a walled kitchen garden that must, presumably,
have belonged to 18th century St Monicaʼs Priory, home to several different religious orders.
The summer house attached to the modern house overlooking this section of the walk and parts of the Village Hall are the only other remains of this building. Continued ...