Climb to Lydeard Hill in the Quantocks an enjoy splendid views over the surrounding countryside on this short circular walk.
You can start your walk from the Lydeard Hill car park on Lydeard Hill Road. It's a good sized parking area with great views, located just a mile east of the village of West Bagborough. From here you can pick up the footpaths to the hill summit which is a short distance from the car park. Head through the gate and then follow the wide paths to the hill top. You can then continue around the hill where there are nice woodland sections and open countryside to enjoy.
You can extend your walk by picking up the Samaritans Way South West and following it to the nearby Wills Neck and Cothelstone Hill.
PostcodeTA4 3DY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Lydeard Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Lydeard Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Lydeard Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Lydeard Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the south of the hill there's the Rising Sun Inn for some post walk refreshments. It's an historic pub dating back to 1573 and constructed around cob walls. It's a charming place with a quirky original front door, original beams and more than 80 tons of solid oak timbers which give the pub a special feel. The pub includes a dining room with fine views over Exmoor. You can find them in nearby West Bagborough at 1 Milton Cottages with a postcode of TA4 3EF for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails around the hill are a fine place for dog walking. The Rising Sun mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular West Bagborough Walk starts from the nearby village. It visits the hill as well as Triscombe Stone Quarry, Marlow Hill, Wills Neck and Cothelstone Hill. It's a great way of visiting some of the walking highlights of the area. There's also a fine 16th century pub in the village for some post walk refreshments.
Also nearby is the village of Crowcombe where you can enjoy the circular walk to Black Hill, Bicknoller Hill and the 15th century Halsway Manor. The village additionally includes a fine 17th century pub with a lovely large garden and views to the Brendon Hills.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Quantocks Walks page.