Castle Cary Walks
This attractive Somerset based market town is well located with several waymarked footpaths heading into the countryside in all directions. The town itself is also an interesting place for a stroll with several noteworthy old buildings including the Market House, the Round House and the 15th century George Inn.
This walk from the town heads south to visit the historic Cadbury Castle. The castle is one of the highlights of the area and can be reach on foot from the town on waymarked footpaths within a couple of hours.
The walk starts in the town centre where you can pick up the the Leland Trail and the Macmillan Way. You could also start from the train station just to the north of the town. These waymarked trails then head south through the countryside towards Galhampton, North Cadbury and South Cadbury before coming to the castle. The Iron Age hillfort is thought to be the site of King Arthur's Camelot. You can climb the hill for splendid views over the area.
The route returns to the town on similar paths, save for using a section of the Monarch's Way which you can pick up around North Cadbury. This creates a circular loop on the route around the Galhampton area.
Castle Cary Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Castle Cary Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Castle Cary OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Castle Cary Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the historic George Inn for some post walk refreshment. The quaint old inn dates all the way back to the 15th century. There's a charming olde worlde interior including an inglenook fireplace with an elm beam, said to date back to the 10th century. You can find them on the Market Place with a postcode of BA7 7AH for your sat navs.
The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the George Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could north east towards the neighbouring town of Bruton. Here you can visit the town's 15th century packhorse bridge over the River Brue and the interesting 16th century Bruton Dovecote on a hill just outside the town. The Bruton Walk will take you King Alfred's Tower and the stunning gardens at the National Trust's Stourhead estate.
The town is also not far from Glastonbury where you can enjoy a climb to Glastonbury Tor and enjoy easy trails along the Glastonbury Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks and the Cranborne Chase Walks pages.