GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cothelstone Hill

2 miles (3.5 km)

Enjoy heathland, woodland and wonderful views on this circular walk in the Quantocks. It's a lovely area with the groups of beech trees known as the Seven Sisters, bronze age burial mounds and the remains of a folly tower. You should also see several Exmoor Ponies around the hilltop and bluebells in the woodland in the spring.
The walk starts at the car park just to the east of the hill, and follows good footpaths to the summit. Here you can enjoy wonderful 360 degree views across the Quantocks towards the Severn Estuary. It's a fabulous spot on a nice clear day. The walk then descends through woodland and past Merridge Hill before returning to the car park.
The Samaritans Way South West and the Macmillan Way both cross the hill so you could pick these up to extend your walk. For example you could head north and visit Lydeard Hill and Wills Neck, the highest point in the Quantocks.
The wonderful Fyne Court is just to the east and is also well worth visiting.

Postcode

TA5 1AX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Cothelstone Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cothelstone Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular West Bagborough Walk starts from the nearby village. It visits the hill as well as Lydeard Hill, Triscombe Stone Quarry, Marlow Hill and Wills Neck. It's a great way of visiting some of the walking highlights of the area in one go. There's also a fine 16th century pub in the village for some post walk refreshments.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Quantocks Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Summit of Cothelstone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1139982

Hill summit

Slopes of Cothelstone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1140153

Slopes of Cothelstone Hill. The northern slopes are much steeper than the eastern. Here, footpath T9/9begins to plunge across a bracken-covered hillside towards scattered trees and woodland (Old Plantation). Across Grub Bottom, the valley which carries the road up from Cothelstone to Park End, is Twenty Acre Plantation, and the Quantock ridge leading to Lydeard Hill.

Earthwork, Cothelstone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1140122

Earthwork, Cothelstone Hill. The direct, steep, footpath up the hill from Park End approaches the summit mound. On its left runs a prehistoric linear earthwork

Footpath in Buncombe Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1130069

Footpath in Buncombe Wood located next to the car park to the east of the hill. Broomfield footpath 3, which has climbed very steeply out of the head of the Kingston Stream valley, runs almost level through conifer woodland towards the Merridge Hill / Buncombe

Terhill, walled garden and coach house - geograph.org.uk - 1141813

Terhill: walled garden and coach house The wall on the left conceals a walled kitchen garden connected to Cothelstone Park; the house (probably formerly the stables to Cothelstone House) beyond is also shown. Behind rears Cothelstone Hill.

Cothelstone Hill - geograph.org.uk - 983271

View from the hill. In the distance, the River Parret winds into the Bristol Channel.

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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