This attractive Somerset based town has a fine 17th century market square and some outstanding architecture to enjoy. The town is notable as having given its name to the county. It was around the start of the 14th century, the county town of Somerset. For walkers there's some lovely country footpaths to explore the surrounding area and pleasant waterside trails along the River Cary to the north of the town.
This walk from Somerton takes you to one of the highlights of the area at Lytes Cary. You'll also visit the neighbouring villages of Kingsdon, Charlton Adam and Charlton Mackrell.
The walk starts in the town and heads east along the Macmillan Way West to Somerton Erleigh and Somerton Wood before passing through Kingsdon Wood. Here you head south to enter the village of Kingsdon.
From the village you can follow country lanes to Lytes Cary. This National Trust owned manor house includes lovely grounds with beautiful gardens, attractive topiary, ponds and ornate statues.
After exploring the house you head north to Charlton Adam where you pick up the Macmillan Way West again. You can follow the waymarked footpath west past Charlton Mackrell before returning to Somerton.
Somerton Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Somerton Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Somerton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Somerton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the route you could stop off at the Kingsdon Inn. The picturesque thatched pub has a 300 year old history and fine menu. There's a charming interior with a cosy fire for colder days. Outside there's a lovely garden area to relax in during the summer months. You can find them at a postcode of TA11 7LG for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Kingsdon Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could follow a public footpath north from the town centre to the River Cary and the Somerton viaduct.
You could also follow the Macmillan Way West south west to visit Long Sutton. Near here you can pick up a river trail heading west along the River Yeo into neighbouring Langport. Here you can pick up the circular Langport Walk which follows the River Parret Trail to the historic ruins of Muchelney Abbey. The abbey is run by English Heritage and has a fascinating history having once been a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset. The River Parret trail can also be followed west to the noteworthy Burrow Mump. Here you'll find the striking 18th century ruined church of St Michael's, another highlight of the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.