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. You continue north through Langport and onto Burrowbridge where you will pass the interesting geological and historical site at Burrow Mump. The river then takes you towards Bridgwater passing the Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum. This Industrial Heritage museum is dedicated to steam powered machinery and makes for a fascinating few hours.
The final section takes you through Bridgwater and Combwich before finishing at the beautiful Steart Marshes Nature Reserve and Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve on Bridgwater Bay.
In Bridgwater the trail links with the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal which offers more great opportunities for waterside walking or cycling.
River Parret Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
River Parret Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
River Parret Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
River Parret Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The King Alfred in Burrowbridge is a great place to stop for some refreshments on your walk. It's nestled under the shadow of Burrow Mump and the place where King Alfred famously burnt the cakes when he was hiding from the invading Danes, hence the pub’s name. It's a friendly place with great home cooked food. You can the find the pub next to the river at postcode TA7 0RB.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At Chedington the route links with the Brit Valley Way. This will take you along the River Brit to the coast at West Bay.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks and Somerset Walks pages.