GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Langport Walks

4 miles (6 km)

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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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

Langport Pubs/Cafes

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.

Langport Dog Walking

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.
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.

Photos

Langport - geograph.org.uk - 11907

Langport. The River Parrett from Town Bridge

Great Bow Bridge, Langport - geograph.org.uk - 29886

Great Bow Bridge, Langport. The river Parrett flows under this ancient bridge on its way to the sea at Bridgwater. In times of flood the water is almost up to the top of the arches.

Hanging chapel Langport

Hanging chapel. This 13th-century archway is one of the historic highlights of the town. It's also a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It houses a room which has been used as a church, an armory, a Sunday school, and now a Masonic hall. You can find it on The Hill at a postcode TA10 9QN. From the structure's elevated position there are marvellous views over the area.

River Parrett at Westover bridge - geograph.org.uk - 443480

River Parrett at Westover bridge. Looking north towards Langport. The church just visible beyond the next bend will be Huish Episcopi.

Remains of Anglo-Saxon church Muchelney - geograph.org.uk - 1260481

Remains of Anglo-Saxon church Muchelney. The apse of the 10th century church is clearly visible.

Muchelney Abbey - Abbot's House

The Abbot's House atMuchelney Abbey, Somerset. The Abbot's house, built in the 14th and 15th century, is a grade 1listed building

Abbot's Lodging Muchelney - geograph.org.uk - 1260536

Abbot's Lodging Muchelney. The Lodging contains kitchens, antechambers, the great staircase leading to the Abbot's great chamber and the remains of a cloister behind. The refectory with panelled wall can be seen on the righthand side.

The Church of SS Peter and Paul, Muchelney. (geograph 1645141)

The Church of SS Peter and Paul, Muchelney.

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