GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Penselwood Walks

4 miles (6 km)

This little village in Somerset has a noteworthy 15th century church and some nice country trails to try. It's also close to the Mendip Hills and the Cranborne Chase AONB where there are numerous footpaths to enjoy.
This circular walk from the village explores the countryside to the south and also visits the neighbouring village of Bourton.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Monarch's Way and follow the waymarked footpath south east towards Bourton. Here you could pick up the Stour Valley Way and follow it north to visit one of the highlights of the area at the wonderful Stourhead.
This route follows country lanes and public footpaths north west to return to Penselwood.


BA9 8LS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Penselwood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Penselwood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Penselwood

  • Shepton Mallet - Visit the Charlton viaduct and the village of Doulting on this circular walk in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet.
    Just to the north of the town you can pick up the East Mendip Way on Barren Down
  • Monarch's Way - This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester
  • Cranmore Tower - Visit the highest point on the Mendip Way and enjoy a stroll through Cranmore Wood on this circular walk in Somerset
  • East Mendip Way - This walk takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside from Wells to Frome along the eastern section of the Mendip Way.
    You start in the city of Wells near the magnificent cathedral and pass around the moat of the splendid Bishop's Palace
  • Stourhead - The1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) Stourhead estate has miles of lovely walking trails to try.You can follow the well surfaced footpaths around the stunning lake and into the surrounding woodlands, parkland and gardens
  • White Sheet Hill - Climb to the 245m (804ft) summit of this hill in Wiltshire and enjoy wonderful views over the Stourhead Estate and the surrounding countryside
  • Leland Trail - Follow in the footsteps of royal librarian John Leland during his 16th century survey of Britain's churches and priories.
    You start at King Alfred's Tower at the north-western edge of the Stourhead in Wiltshire and head west towards Bruton and Castle Cary Walk in Somerset
  • Wylye Way - Follow the River Wylye through Wiltshire on this interesting and varied waterside walk
  • Stour Valley Way - This splendid walk takes you along the River Stour from Hengistbury Head on the Dorset south coast to Stourton in Wiltshire
  • Bruton - This pleasant town in Somerset has some interesting features including a hill top 16th century Dovecote and a 15th century packhorse bridge over the River Brue, which runs through the town
  • Mere - This delightful Wiltshire based town is a fine place to start a walk with miles of trails to explore the surrounding downland and farmland of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks and the Cranborne Chase Walks pages.


St Michaels Church, Pen Selwood (geograph 3373825)

St Michaels Church, Pen Selwood

Village sign erected to commemorate 1977 Silver Jubilee of ER II - - 916153

Village sign erected to commemorate 1977 Silver Jubilee of ER II

The White Lion, Bourton - - 1145095

The White Lion, Bourton

Flambert's Farm - - 462546

Flambert's Farm

Sheep near Penselwood - - 1462572

Sheep near Penselwood

War Memorial at Bourton - - 187316

War Memorial at Bourton

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Penselwood.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)