GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Avalon Marshes Walks

7 miles (11 km)

The Avalon Marshes is an expansive nature reserve set in the Somerset's Levels. It's a wonderful place for bird watching with thousands of birds to look out for from a number of hides dotted around the site. These include heron, bittern, great white egrets, garganeys, marsh harriers, hobbies, bearded tits and Cetti's, reed and sedge warblers. The area is great for walkers with miles of easy flat footpaths taking you around the reserve's lakes and waterways.
In the reserve you will find a series of smaller reserves including:

Other walks in the area include:
  • Glastonbury Tor - This popular walk takes you from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the summit of the iconic Glastonbury Tor
  • Street Somerset - This pretty Somerset based village is a great place from which to explore the nearby Polden Hills and Mendip Hills
  • Glastonbury Canal - Follow the Glastonbury Canal through the Somerset Levels on this waterside walk through the Avalon Marshes

This walk starts from the Avalon Marshes Centre which includes a visitor information, car park, café, craft shop, replica historic buildings, classroom, meeting room, car park and toilets. It's a great place to learn all about the area and visit some of the nearby reserves.
The walk visits nearby Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall before heading into Glastonbury along the Glastonbury Canal. Here you can visit the ancient abbey and the viewpoint at the famous Glastonbury Tor.


BA6 9TT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Avalon Marshes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Avalon Marshes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of Street you'll find the neighbouring village of Compton Dundon where you can try the Compton Dundon and Combe Hill Wood Walk. The circular walk includes a climb to Iron Age Hillfort on Dundon Beacon and a visit to the Hood Monument, which is something of a historic local landmark.


Shapwick Heath - - 1248777

Shapwick Heath. Looking from Noah's hide across towards Roughet. Shapwick Heath is a National Nature Reserve based around former peat workings. The open water and reedbeds support a wide range of birds and other wildlife.

The Glastonbury Canal and Meare Heath (geograph 2671996)

The Glastonbury Canal and Meare Heath

Meare Heath - - 1248727

Looking across Meare Heath from the hide. Meare Heath is part of the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve in the Avalon Marshes. The reserve is managed by Natural England and is important for its fenland, wet meadows, reedbeds and wet woodland and the large areas of open water formed by restored peat workings.

Birch coppice, Meare Heath - - 1248717

Birch coppice, Meare Heath. One of the woodland areas on Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve in the Avalon Marshes.

Shapwick Heath - - 1248711

Shapwick Heath. Taken from the bridge to Meare Heath looking along the main rhyne and the former peat railway towards Ashcott Corner and Ham Wall.

Ham Wall Viewpoint (geograph 5839906)

Ham Wall Viewpoint. The RSPB's Ham Wall reserve has lots of good vantage points overlooking the marsh.

Avalon Hide, Ham Wall RSPB (geograph 5397499)

Avalon Hide, Ham Wall RSPB. Giving a good elevated view over part of the reedbed.

Archway, Westhay Moor Nature Reserve (geograph 2652270)

Archway, Westhay Moor Nature Reserve


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