Follow in the footsteps of the villagers that made their way to join the Protestant Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.
The route starts at Ham Hill Country Park where you will find splendid views of the Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Dorset Downs. From here you head south through West Chinnock, Haselbury Plucknett, Misterton and Wayford Woods before coming to Forde Abbey. This former Cistercian monastery has 30 acres of award winning gardens and is well worth a look. Also of interest is Cricket St Thomas - it's just to the north of the trail and has 160 acres of parkland and gardens to explore.
The route continues towards Thorncombe and then onto Fishpond Bottom via Lambert's Castle Iron Age hill fort. The final stretch takes you past Wooton Fitzpaine to Lyme Regis on the coast.
Liberty Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Liberty Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Liberty Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Liberty Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Next to Ham Hill you'll find the excellent Prince of Wales. The pub is located right next to the hill and includes a lovely beer garden with fine views over the surrounding countryside. In the summer months there is live music in Amy’s garden, an ice cream hut, pizza oven and an outside bar. You can find the pub next to the hill with a postcode of TA14 6RW for your sat navs.
In Misterton there's the Grade II listed Globe Inn to consider. The classic stone pub dates to the 17th century and has a good selection of ales. You can find them on Middle Street at postcode TA18 8LX. It's located very close to Crewkerne train station so if you are starting or finishing a walk from there it's a nice option. Just north of the village there's also the Crooked Swan. The 18th century coaching inn has a fine interior with exposed steel beams, open fire and cosy nooks and crannies. Outside there's a lovely garden area to relax in on warmer days. They serve excellent food and can be found on Church Street at postcode TA18 7HR for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Around Uplyme the trail links with the East Devon Way and the Wessex Ridgeway. These waymarked long distance trails provide a further opportunity for exploring the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks and Dorset Walks pages.