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 Somerset Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Bristol and Bath Railway Path16 miles (26 km)This lovely easy walk takes you along this disused railway line with its series of charming stations. You will pass through Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and then Warmley where the station platform contains a cafe - perfect for a stop for refreshments.
The route then takes you along the Avon Valley Railway and past Bitton railway station which also has a cafe.
The final delightful section takes you along the River Avon and into the historic city of Bath.
Channel to Channel50 miles (80 km)This walk takes you from the English Channel to the Bristol Channel, through the Devon and Somerset countryside.
The walk begins on the south coast at Seaton in Devon, and first heads towrds Axminster, passing through Seaton Down and Colyton, crossing the River Coly as you go.
At Axminster, you join the River Yarty for a long riverside stretch towards Bishopswood, passing the Horse Pool Camp univallate Iron Age hill fort enclosure on the way.
The walk continues through the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB, climbing Staple Hill which offers fabulous views as the highest point in the Blackdown Hills. You then descend through wooded areas and the village of Pitminster to Taunton, the county town of Somerset.
The path then takes you on from Taunton through the stunning Quantock Hills towards Cothelstone and then on to Stogumber. The final section takes you to the finish point at Watchet passing two historic sites on the way. First you will come to the Orchard Wyndham historic house, parts of which date from medieval times. Shortly after you come to the Battlegore Burial Chamber which is a Bronze Age burial chamber at Williton.
The end point of the walk is the lovely harbour town of Watchet which sits on the Bristol Channel.
Coleridge Way35 miles (56 km)Travel through the Exmoor National Park and the stunning Quantock Hills AONB as you walk in the footsteps of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
You start off in the pretty village of Nether Stowey, at the foot of the Quantock Hills and head west towards Holford, passing the iron age fort of Dowsborough on the way.
You continue through a wooded section at Alfroxton Woods and onto Stowborrow Hill with its resident deer before passing through Bicknoller and Monksilver where you enter Combe Sydenham country park. Here you will find a 15th century stately home set in a 500 acres estate which includes a Deer Park and a variety of walks.
The route continues through Luxborough and Cutcombe before climbing Horner Hill and passing the delightful Dunkery and Horner Woods Nature Reserve with its woodland and upland habitats. The path then descends to the finish point at the pretty coastal village of Porlock.Quantock Hills AONB
Community Forest Path45 miles (72 km)This is a varied and interesting circular walk taking you on a tour of the countryside, villages and historic estates around Bristol.
The walk starts in Keynsham at the confluence of the River Chew and River Avon and begins with a lovely waterside section along the River Avon before joining the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. You continue to Winterbourne, with a short section along the River Frome, and then through Stoke Gifford to Henubry where you will pass the splendid Blaise Castle Estate. Described as 'the finest place in England' in Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey, the estate boasts a 19th century mansion, an 18th century castle, a fascinating Victorian museum and 400 acres of parkland.
From Henbury you continue through the suburbs of Bristol, crossing the River Avon on the Clifton Suspension Bridge next to the beautiful Avon Gorge Nature Reserve. This diverse ancient broad-leaved woodland is home to many rare plants and animals and is well worth exploring. Soon after you arrive at another walk highlight at the Ashton Court Estate. Here you will find 850 acres of woodland and meadows including a deer park, mansions and landscaped gardens.
The final section of the walk takes you to Pensford via Dundry Hill, where you will pass the Pensford Railway Viaduct. You then join the River Chew for a delightful waterside section leading you back to Keynsham.
East Mendip Way19 miles (30 km)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. The path then heads towards Shepton Mallet passing through several wooded sections including the National Trust owned woods at Tor Hill, King's Castle Woods and finally Ham Woods.
From Shepton Mallet you continue to the hamlet of Chelynch before a climb of 280 metres (919 ft) takes you to the grade II listed Cranmore Tower which is the highest point on the trail.
The final stretch takes you through the delightful Asham Wood and onto the village of Great Elm before leading into Frome where the path terminates.
Exe Valley Way45 miles (72 km)The walk starts in Starcross on the banks of the River Exe Estuary and heads through through Powderham Deer Park and then along the Exter canal to Exeter.
The next section continues along the River Exe to Tiverton via Thorverton and Bickleigh.
The final section takes you from Tiverton into the Exmoor National Park where you will pass through Dulverton before the finish at Hawkridge in Somerset.
For an excellent guide to this walk please click here
Gordano Round25 miles (41 km)This figure of eight walk takes you on a tour of the coast, countryside, woodland and villages around Portishead in Somerset.
You start in the town centre of Portishead and soon join the splendid coastal path along the Severn Estuary which takes you past Walton, Charlcombe, Ladye and Margaret's Bay. At Cleveland the route then heads inland through some delightful countryside, passing through the pretty village of Clapton in Gordano before returning to Portishead.
The walk was devised by the Gordano Footpath Group and is waymarked with their symbol throughout.
Grand Western Canal24 miles (38 km)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 of the Grand Western Canal. At Greenham you join the West Deane Way and the walk changes as you start following the dry bed of the canal. However, the waterside aspect continues as you also join the River Tone which takes you through Bradford on Tone and then onto the finish point in Taunton.
For more information on this lovely walk please click here
Ham Hill Country Park5 miles (8 km)Explore the 390 acres of parkland located at this delightful country par near Yeovil in Somerset. The Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Dorset Downs can alll be viewed from Ham Hill on a clear day. The park is centred on an Iron Age hill fort while there is also war memorial to the dead of the nearby village of Stoke-sub-Hamdon killed during the two World Wars.
The park is very popular with walkers and cyclists with many routes passing through the park. Mountain bikes are advised for the cycle routes because of the challenging nature of some of the trail sections.
Kennet and Avon Canal Walk76 miles (122 km)A splendid waterside walk from the Thames at Reading, through Thatcham, Hungerford, Pewsey, Devizes, Bradford-on-Avon to Bath. Most of the walk follows the towpath making for an easy, relaxing walk.
The route of the Kennet & Avon Canal takes you through some of the nation's best loved landscapes, including West Berkshire - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and the southern tip of the rolling Cotswolds. Highlights include the delightful Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, Caen Hill Locks (video below), Cane Avoncliff Aqueduct, Claverton Pumping Station, numerous pretty canalside villages and the historic city of Bath.
Land's End Trail303 miles (488 km)This terrific trail runs for over 300 miles from Avebury in Wiltshire, through Devon and Somerset to Land's End in Cornwall.
The walk has been spit into a number of manageable stages as follows
1 Land’s End
2 Bosullow Common
3 St. Erth
4 Leedstown
5 Beacon, Camborne
6 Chiverton Cross
7 Mitchell
8 Tregonetha
9 Dunmere Bridge
10 St. Breward
11 Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
12 Minions
13 Callington
14 Tavistock
15 Lydford
16 Belstone
17 Sampford Courtenay
18 Chulmleigh
19 South Molton
20 Dulverton
21 Wiveliscombe
22 Bishop’s Lydeard
23 Bridgwater
24 Glastonbury
25 Bruton
26 Warminster
27 Market Lavington
28 Avebury

The walk is waymarked with a Yellow chevron for most of the way. The link below includes excellent pdf route guides for each stage.
Leland Trail28 miles (45 km)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 Estate in Wiltshire and head west towards Bruton and Castle Cary in Somerset. The route continues to South Cadbury where you will pass Cadbury Castle Iron Age Hill Fort before coming to the pretty village of Queen Camel. The next section takes you to Yeovilton with a short stretch along the River Yeo leading you through the village and on towards Ilchester. The path then turns south towards Montacute where you will pass the National Trust owned 16th century mansion at Montacute House. The final stretch takes you on to the finish point at Ham Hill Country Park where you will find splendid views of the Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Dorset Downs.
Liberty Trail28 miles (45 km)Follow in the footsteps of the villagers that made their way to join the Protestant Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.
The route starts at Ham Hill Country Park where you will find splendid views of the Mendip Hills, Blackdown Hills, Quantock Hills and Dorset Downs. From here you head south through West Chinnock, Haselbury Plucknett, Misterton and Wayford before coming to Forde Abbey. This former Cistercian monastery has 30 acres of award winning gardens and is well worth a look. The route continues towards Thorncombe and then onto Fishpond Bottom via Lambert's Castle Iron Age hill fort. The final stretch takes you past Wooton Fitzpaine to Lyme Regis on the coast.
Limestone Link36 miles (58 km)Starting at Cold Ashton in St Catherine's Valley, Gloucestershire follow the Limestone Link from the Cotswolds to the Mendip Hills in Somerset.
The walk first heads south towards Batheaston where you join the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal for a lovely waterside stretch to Monkton Coombe. The scond section of the path takes you through the Mendip Hills AONB with fabulous views of the Chew Valley, the waterfall at Hallatrow and the final stretch through Burrington common the main highlights.
Macmillan Way290 miles (467 km)This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The route starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to Bourne before joining the limestone belt. You then head to Stamford and then along the shoreline of Rutland Water to Oakham. The trail then heads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then into the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. After leaving the Cotswolds you follow the path through Somerset passing Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section to Abbotsbury via Sherborne.
The route joins with other popular trails including the Viking Way at Oakham, the Thames Path National Trail near Thames Head and with the South West Coast Path towards the end of the route.
The Macmillan Way is well waymarked with a green and white disc.
Monarch's Way615 miles (990 km)This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
The Monarch's Way starts at Worcester then travels north to Boscobel and then south to Stratford upon Avon. It then continues south through the Cotswolds to Stow on the Wold before turning south west towards Bristol via Cirencester. The route then heads south through the Mendip Hills to Wells and then on through Somerset towards Yeovil and then south west to Charmouth. You then follow the Dorset coast before turning north again to Yeovil, before heading east across the Downs to Brighton and then onto the finish point at Shoreham-by-Sea.
The walk also takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those interested in the history of the walk there is ample opportunity to learn and discover more with a series of museums and historical sites dotted throughout the route.
The walk is waymarked with a picture of the ship The Surprise, the Prince of Wales crown and the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel House.
The route has been split into two separate gpx files. The first includes the section from Worcester to Bridport via the Midlands and Somerset. The second runs from Sandford Orcas to the finish point at Shoreham-By-Sea.
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Quantock Greenway36 miles (58 km)A splendid figure of eight walk through the stunning Quantock Hils AONB.
The walk begins at the pretty village of Broomfield which is the highest village on the Quantock Hills. The first section takes you to the tiny village of West Bagborough and then up a steep climb through Floorey Down and Great Wood. Another long woodland section then follows leading you to the village of Holford on the River Holford. From here, the path leads you through the delightful Stowborrow Deer Park on the way to West Quantoxhead and then Crowcombe where you will pass the Grade I listed Crowcombe court, dating from the 18th century. You then head back through the Great Wood and through Enmore and Goathurst before returning to Broomfield.
River Avon Trail25 miles (40 km)Travel along the River Avon from Pill to Bath via Bristol on this delightful trail
You start off in the village of Pill, near the mouth of the river, and head to Bristol through the stunning Avon Gorge. You will pass through the lovely Avon Gorge Nature Reserve with its woodland, plant life and wildlife on this section.
The path then continues through the interesting city of Bristol and then on towards Keynsham where the river is particularly picturesque. You will then pass through the splendid Avon Valley Country Park which has a number of attractions for children.
The final stretch then takes you into the historic city of Bath where you finish on the iconic Pulteney Bridge.
For more information on this trail please click here.
River Parret Trail50 miles (80 km)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 Nature Reserve on Bridgwater Bay.
Samaritans Way South West103 miles (166 km)Starting at Bristol follow the Samaritans Way to Lynton, in Devon, and visit the Avon Gorge, the Chew Valley, the Cheddar Gorge, the Mendips, the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor.
Staple Fitzpaine Herepath13 miles (21 km)This is a shared cycle and walking bridleway which forms a loop around Staple Fitzpaine in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB.
The route primarily follows a series of off road tracks through wooded areas including Staple Park Wood, Piddle Wood and Birkenhall wood. For cyclists, a mountain bike is advised as several of the off road sections are quite challenging. A good start point for the route is the car park at the ancient earthworks of Castle Neroche.
Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard)11 miles (18 km)This splendid walk and cycle path runs along a former railway line that used to transport strawberries from Cheddar.
You start by Yatton railway station and head south passing Congresbury and Axbridge before finishing in Cheddar. The route passes apple orchards, open fields and the River Yeo while there are also pleasant woodland sections at King's Wood and Rose Wood. Also on the route is the delightful Millenium Green at Winscombe (perfect place to stop for lunch!) and the tranquil Cheddar reservoir at the end of the route.
Tarka Trail79 miles (127 km)This wonderful walk through Devon follows the path taken by Tarka the Otter in the book of that name. It is a circular walk starting and finishing in Barnstaple on the River Taw. After following the river for a short section you will head through Landkey Newton and East Buckland to the Exmoor National Park. The route then reaches Lynmouth where a splendid coastal section that takes you through Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Croyde. The final section follows the estuary of the River Taw through Braunton and then back into Barnstaple.
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Three Peaks Walk17 miles (27 km)This is a fairly hilly circular route taking you through some of the most peaceful and attractive countryside in Somerset.
The walk starts and finishes in the pretty village of Chew Magna and follows the path to Pensford and then back via Clutton.
You will climb Knowle Hill, Maes Knoll, and Blackberry Hill (three peaks) while enjoying excellent views of the Mendip hills and surrounding countryside.
Two Counties Way56 miles (90 km)Travel through Somerset and Devon on this beautiful walk from Taunton to Starcross. There is much to enjoy on this varied walk with peaceful waterside sections along the River Tone, the Grand Western Canal and the River Exe real highlights. Also stop for a visit at the lovely National Trust owned Killerton Estate. This 18th century house boasts a historic fashion exhibition and stunning gardens.
The route passes Wellington, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton, Bickleigh, Exeter and Powderham before finishing on the Exe Estuary at Starcross.
Two Moors Way90 miles (145 km)Travel from Ivybridge to Lynmouth through the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks on this splendid walk through Devon and Somerset. The walk is generally not strenous taking you through tranquil moorland and the deep and wooded valleys of the moorland edges.
Two Rivers Way20 miles (32 km)Starting on Congresbury Bridge over the River Yeo follow the Two Rivers Way through Somerset to Keynsham on the River Avon. The walk passes through Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Compton Dando and Pensford with sections along the River Yeo and River Chew to enjoy.
Other highlights on the route include the Stanton Drew Stones which include the Great Circle - the second largest stone circle in Britain (after Avebury).
Tyntesfield House3 miles (5 km)This Victorian Gothic Revival house near Bristol is surrounded by 150 acres (61 ha) of parkland and gardens which are perfect for a peaceful walk. You can explore the woodland, the tree lined drive, the delightful rose garden, the walled kitchen garden, summer houses, and the aviary - all with the rolling Somerset hills as beautiful backdrop. The Home Farm Visitor Centre houses the Cow Barn kitchen, gift shop and garden shop.
Tyntesfield is located about 4 miles west of Bristol, near Nailsea.
West Deane Way45 miles (72 km)This wonderful circular walk takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside including the Quantock Hills AONB.
The path starts and ends in Taunton on the River Tone and heads north west towards West Bagborough. You continue through Lydeard St Lawrence and Wiveliscombe before a pleasant waterside stretch along the River Tone takes you back to Taunton via Bradford on Tone.
West Mendip Way30 miles (48 km)This splendid walk takes you through the beautiful Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Wells to Uphill.
You start in Wells by the impressive cathedral and head west towards Cheddar passing the show caves and paper mill at Wookey Hole and then onto the spectacular Cheddar Gorge-voted the second greatest natural wonder in Britain.
The route continues through the lovely countryside at Compton Bishop before finishing by the wharf at Uphill on Weston Bay.
West Somerset Coast Path25 miles (40 km)Follow the beautiful Somerset coast through the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on this lovely coastal walk.
The walk begins at the car park at Steart, next to the Bridgwater Bay Nature Reserve. You then follow the path west, along the coast, to the village of Watchet with its pretty harbour and piers.
From Watchet, you continue to Minehead along Blue Anchor Bay and Dunster Beach Nature Reserve.
This is an excellent walk for anyone with an interest in geology as local people have uncovered the remains of elk antlers and wild boar tusks on the shores. Fossilised oak and yew tree sections are also still visible in places.
Also of interest are the views of Flat Holm and Steep Holm Islands which you can visit by boat from Minehead in the summer. On a clear day, there are also good views of the South Wales coast across the Bristol Channel.
Yeovil Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)This park, also known as Nine Springs Country Park, is situated in Yeovil, near the town centre. You will see rivers, lakes, waterfalls, open grassland, woodland and a children's play area as you pass through the 127 acres of the park. There are splendid views of the Dorset Hills and an abundance of wildlife with water voles, kingfishers, green woodpeckers and otters visitors to the park.
The route below is devised for walkers but there is also a flat linear cyclepath which follows the line of the old railway and links the different areas of the country park.




 Somerset Walking Links
NameDescription
Bath & North East Somerset CouncilLeaftlets and Maps for the area
Exmoor National ParkOffical site for this lovely area
Quantock Hills AONBThe Quantock Hills AONB Service has developed over the last 25 years protecting and enhancing the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Somerset CCInteractive cycle route maps for Somerset

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