GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

North Petherton Canal Walk

9 miles (14.6 km)

This Somerset based town sits in a nice position on the edge of the Quantocks. It's also close to some pleasant canalside and riverside walking trails.
This circular walk from the town explores the local countryside and visits the nearby Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. It uses sections of the Macmillan Way, the Samaritans Way South West and the River Parret Trail to create the 10 mile loop around the town.
The walk starts in the village and follows the Macmillan Way to Fordgate where you can meet with the canal. Follow the towpath north and it will take you towards Bridgwater where there are views of the River Parret. You then pick up the Samaritans Way South West and follow the trail through The Meads towards Rhode. The route heads south along a country lane to Woolsmersdon and Dancing Hill before returning to North Petherton.

North Petherton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

North Petherton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the walk by visiting the pretty Durleigh Reservoir which lies just to the north of the town.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Quantocks Walks and Somerset Walks pages.

Photos

Stream in North Petherton - geograph.org.uk - 1218057

Stream in North Petherton

Boomer Farm, North Petherton - geograph.org.uk - 1241825

Boomer Farm, North Petherton

Path through King's Cliff Wood, North Petherton - geograph.org.uk - 1241830

Path through King's Cliff Wood, North Petherton

Drain and canal at Fordgate - geograph.org.uk - 344255

Drain and canal at Fordgate. A drain running parallel to the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, seen from besideFordgate swing bridge

River Parrett Trail - geograph.org.uk - 1690888

River Parrett Trail. Not alongside the River Parrett, but following footpath BW 23/8 along the towpath of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal, here about 600 metres west of the river.

Rhode Scene - geograph.org.uk - 157343

Rhode Scene

Fence on Dancing Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1670075

Fence on Dancing Hill just north of the town. Looking down the lower slopes of the hill from the lane which also bears its name. Across Stock Moor are western suburbs of Bridgwater.

Houses in North Petherton - geograph.org.uk - 1670233

Houses in North Petherton. These buildings are located on Fore Street. The two right-hand buildings were formerly the George Inn, originally 17th century.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

North Petherton.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)