This small market town in South Somerset has some nice riverside trails and country trails through the lovely scenery of the Somerset Levels. A stroll around the town is also very interesting with a number of historic buildings. Of particular note is the Grade 1 listed Hanging Chapel, a 15th century structure with 12th century origins. The photogenic structure is well worth a visit as there are fine views from it's elevated position above the town.
This circular walk from Langport takes you south along the River Parret to the historic Muchelney Abbey.
The walk starts on the river in the town centre where you can pick up the River Parret Trail. Follow the waymarked trail east to Huish Bridge where you cross the river and head south. The trail will take you to Westover Bridge where you cross again and head east to Muchelney Abbey. The abbey is run by English Heritage who provide good facilities with a free car park, shop, vending maching and information boards. The abbey has a fascinating history having once been a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset. As part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.
After exploring the abbey you can follow footpaths north along the river to Bicknell's Bridge where you cross and return in to Langport.
Langport Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Langport Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Langport
- River Parret Trail - Follow the River Parrett from the source in Chedington in Dorset to the mouth in Bridgwater Bay, Somerset.
The route first heads to Langport passing Haselbury and the 16th century English Heritage owned Muchelney Abbey
- Burrow Mump - This walk climbs this small hill overlooking the village of Burrowbridge in the Somerset Levels
- Glastonbury Canal - Follow the Glastonbury Canal through the Somerset Levels on this waterside walk through the Avalon Marshes
- Glastonbury Tor - This popular walk takes you from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the summit of the iconic Glastonbury Tor
- Ham Wall - Ham Wall Nature Reserve is part of the Avalon Marshes in the beautiful Somerset Levels
- Shapwick Heath - Explore this lovely nature reserve in the Somerset's Levels
- Lytes Cary - Visit this National Trust owned manor house and enjoy walks around the grounds and the surrounding countryside
- Bridgewater Canal - This easy cycle ride takes you along a section of the Bridgewater Canal from Pennington Flash to Marshland Bridge, via Leigh
- Street Somerset - This pretty Somerset based village is a great place from which to explore the nearby Polden Hills and Mendip Hills
- Westhay Moor - This walk visits the Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve on the Somerset Levels.
- Avalon Marshes - The Avalon Marshes is an expansive nature reserve set in the Somerset's Levels
- Polden Way - This walk follows the Polden Way from Walton Hill to Hurcot in Somerset
Back in the town head to the Black Swan for some post walk refreshment. It's a historic pub of some note, dating all the way back to the 16th century. The inn has an interior full of character with rustic butchers blocks and stools as well as large sherry brandy barrels to stand and drink around. Outside there's a nice garden area for warmer weather. There's also a fine selection of ales and lovely home cooked food to try. You can find them on North Street with a postcode of TA10 9RQ for your sat navs.
The river trails make for a pleasant dog walk. Please keep them on leads in the Mulcheney Abbey area. The Black Swan mentioned above is dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking from the town you could pick up the Macmillan Way West and follow the waymarked trail east along the River Yeo to Long Sutton and Somerton.
If you head north west the River Parret Trail will take you along the Parret and the River Sowy towards Stathe and Burrowbridge. Here you can enjoy a climb to Burrow Mump where you'll find the striking 18th century ruined church of St Michael's.
To the east you will find the National Trust's Lytes Cary. There's some lovely trails around the grounds and gardens of this fine manor house. The Somerton Walk takes you to the house and also visits the village of Kingsdon. Just to the north of Somerton 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.
If you head north into Glastonbury you can climb to the iconic Glastonbury Tor. The hill is a very popular local walk, providing fine views over the county from the summit. You can also pick up the Glastonbury Canal and enjoy an easy waterside walk here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.