GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Taunton Walks - Near and Around

6 miles (10 km)

Taunton is the county town of Somerset and a lovely place to explore on foot.
There's an anicent castle, three picturesque public parks, two canals, riverside footpaths, several local woodland areas, nature reserves and lots of great walking options in the nearby Blackdown Hills AONB.
This circular waterside walk takes you along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal to the neighbouring village of Creech St Michael before returning along the River Tone. The easy walk runs for a distance of just under 7 miles, passing Bathpool and some interesting old bridges on the way.
You can extend the walk by heading west from the town along the Grand Western Canal. This runs from Taunton to Tiverton in Devon.
For more detail on the Landmarks, Nature Reserves and History of the town please see the informative wikipedia page.

Postcode

TA1 1JS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Taunton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Taunton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Taunton

  • Bridgwater and Taunton Canal - Follow the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal on this easy walk or cycle in Somerset
  • Durleigh Reservoir - This circular walk takes you around Durleigh Reservoir in Bridgwater, Somerset.
    The walk starts in the small village of Durleigh, located on the western fringes of the town of Bridgwater
  • Grand Western Canal - This splendid waterside walk takes you from Tiverton in Devon to Taunton in Somerset.
    The first section of the walk takes you from Tiverton to Greenham along the towpath through the Grand Western Canal Country Park
  • North Petherton - This Somerset based town sits in a nice position on the edge of the Quantocks
  • Wiveliscombe - This historic market town is located near Taunton in the county of Somerset
  • Cothelstone Hill - Enjoy heathland, woodland and wonderful views on this circular walk in the Quantocks
  • Fyne Court - Explore the gardens and 65 acre wider estate on this short walk in the Quantock Hills
  • Staple Fitzpaine Herepath - This is a shared cycle and walking bridleway which forms a loop around Staple Fitzpaine in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB
  • Castle Neroche - This circular walk visits the site of a Normanmotte-and-baileycastlein the Blackdown Hills
  • West Deane Way - This wonderful circular walk takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside including the Quantocks.
    The path starts and ends in Taunton on the River Tone and heads north west towards West Bagborough
  • Trull Waterfall - This walk visits the picturesque Trull Waterfall near Taunton in Somerset
  • Hestercombe House - Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this historiccountry houseon the edge of the Quantock Hills
  • Thurlbear Wood - This walk visits Thurlbear Wood nature reserve near Taunton in Somerset.

Pubs/Cafes

The Ring of Bells is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. They serve good quality food and have a large sunny garden for summer days. You can find them at 16-17 St James Street with postcode TA1 1JS for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The canal and river paths make for a fine dog walk. The Ring of Bells mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of the town there's something of a hidden gem at the Trull Waterfall. The picturesque spot is located just east of Trull village and has a viewing bridge and nice trails along the Sherford Brook.
Just to the north is the historic Hestercombe House where you can explore the beautiful gardens of the old country house.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.

Photos

Walls of Taunton Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1235395

Walls of Taunton Castle. The Castle dates back to the early 12th Century. Now used as a museum.

Taunton , River Tone and Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1136490

Taunton , River Tone and Bridge

Cycle path next to river in Taunton, looking away from town centre - geograph.org.uk - 1306892

Cycle path next to river in Taunton, looking away from town centre

Bridge, carrying the A358 over the Bridgwater Canal - geograph.org.uk - 2348439

Bridge, carrying the A358 over the Bridgwater Canal

River Tone - geograph.org.uk - 1026792

River Tone

Swing bridge, Bathpool - geograph.org.uk - 2008620

Swing bridge, Bathpool

Creech St. Michael - bridge over untroubled water - geograph.org.uk - 1132841

Creech St. Michael

Aqueduct across River Tone - geograph.org.uk - 1609067

Aqueduct across River Tone. The Chard canal crosses the river, a little north of the scene. The canal opened in 1842, but only lasted until 1867

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