From the long car park beneath the reservoir embankment, return to the gateway that gives access up to the reservoir. Turn away from this and walk along the tree-flanked approach drive that you have just driven down; there are views ahead up to the tree-clad slopes of Cheddar Wood.
At the end of the drive cross straight over (watch for traffic) and take the signed footpath opposite, along Wood Lane. In 100m you reach a busy road, cross this with even more caution and then continue ahead up the yellow-arrowed rising track signed for Shipham.
Keep going through a gateway and after this look out for arresting views to the right, towards St Michael’s, a magnificent residential home for physically disabled adults. This remarkable Victorian Gothic house was built in 1878 as a private sanatorium, founded by Matilda Gibbs who built it in memory of her husband, William, and three of their seven children who died of tuberculosis. Something architecturally beautiful and philanthropic arising from tragedy.
Keep going, the sound of the road diminishes and the path passes a small ruined building on the left.