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ALFRED'S TOWER TO STOURHEAD
Near the end of the walk is Alfred's Tower, a perfect folly if ever there was one. It's a tall four turreted tower that does absolutely nothing. There are no floors inside and only a narrow staircase to the top. You pay to go up and get a fair view, but even after reading the tower's history you are left wondering why it was built, did he just get up one morning and say "I know, let's build a tower on the estate where nobody can see it." GPS length 7.0 miles (excluding the gardens)
How to get there:- There is a wide variety of ways to approach the start, I will give the two most obvious ones.
From A303:- Turn off towards Stourhead on the B3092 at ST 7927 3230. Almost immediately turn right at a "T" junction then left towards Stourhead. Continue on, ignoring signs to Stourhead, and take the third road on the left by Caldcot Cottage @ ST 7825 3476. Take first left @ ST 7730 3545 and you will find carpark on right 1.8 miles further on.
From Bruton:- Take B3081 out of Bruton. Go left at first cross roads @ ST 7025 3340. Fork left at first junction @ ST 7229 3425 and go almost immediately right at "T" junction. Continue on for 1.7 miles to carpark on left.