The War Memorial at Ham Hill
|Length||28 mi (45 km)|
|Location||Somerset and Dorset|
|Trailheads||Ham Hill Country Park, Lyme Regis, Dorset|
The route of the Liberty Trail route is based on information recorded by six rebels from various villages in Somerset and Dorset. Villagers from the two counties made their way to join the Protestant Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. The rebels wore green sprigs tucked into their hats to declare their support for Monmouth. Weapons that they carried included farm scythes and other suitable agricultural tools.
Ham Hill is 397 feet (121 m) at its highest point, and Lyme Regis is at sea level.
Below are six possible walking stages that may be used to traverse the Liberty Trail:
- Ham Hill to West Chinnock - 3.5 miles (5.6 km) - 1.75 hours
- West Chinnock to Misterton - 5 miles (8.0 km) - 2.5 hours
- Misterton to Wayford - 4 miles (6.4 km) - 2 hours
- Wayford to Thorncombe - 6 miles (9.7 km) - 3 hours
- Thorncombe to Wootton Fitzpaine - 5.5 miles (8.9 km) - 2.75 hours
- Wootton Fitzpaine to Lyme Regis - 4 miles (6.4 km) - 2 hours
Places of interest
At Ham Hill there are links with other Trails including the Monarch's Way, Leland Trail and River Parrett Trail. Ham Hill Iron Age Hill Fort is one of the largest in Europe. Many local buildings are made from the local yellow Hamstone. At Wayford is Clapton Court Gardens, one of Somerset's more historic gardens that are open to the public. Forde Abbey is situated on a curved section of the River Axe, its original purpose was as a Cistercian Monastery. It has a garden of some elegance which has won many awards. At this location the Dorset Jubilee Trail crosses over the path of the Liberty Trail. Two other Iron Age Hill Forts may be seen at this stage, the first one is Lambert's Castle and further on is Coney's Castle. During clear weather conditions Chesil Beach and Portland Bill are visible, both are famous features of this part of the South coast of England. Lyme Regis is located to the west of Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast, a place where many fossils may be found. The Cobb at Lyme Regis was the location for The French Lieutenant's Woman (film) in 1981. The South West Coast Path also leads into this part of the town.
Way points and maps
(Links to map resources)
|OS Grid Ref||Notes|
|Start||ST478170||Ham Hill, Somerset|
|Way Point||ST468135||West Chinnock, Somerset|
|Way Point||ST456081||Misterton, Somerset|
|Way Point||ST409067||Wayford, Somerset|
|Way Point||ST376033||Thorncombe, Dorset|
|Way Point||SY366957||Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset|
|End||SY341920||Lyme Regis, Dorset|
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