GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Somerset Walks

With beautiful coast and countryside Somerset is an ideal place for walkers. Highlights include the splendid Exmoor National Park and the wonderful Quantock Hills.
There's also the popular cities of Bristol and Bath with some splendid walking to be found on our Coastal Walks Near Bristol and Woodland Walks Near Bristol.

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In the spring walkers flock to the beautiful bluebell woods in Somerset. Click the 'Woodland' button below to see these.

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Ashton Court Park3 miles (5 km)A short circular walk around one of England's most popular country parks. The Ashton Court Estate is located near Bristol and is comprised of 850 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens. Highlights include Ashton Court Meadow nature reserve which contains a wide range of flowering plants. There is also a deer park and Clarken Combe - a woodland area with a range of plant species. View Full Details>>
Bath Canal Walk5 miles (8 km)This is a popular walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Bath to Bradford on Avon. It's about a 10 mile walk along the towpath taking you from Somerset into Wiltshire on the southern fringes of the Cotswolds AONB. On the way you'll pass pretty locks, lots of barges, delightful little cottages, interesting villages, and attractive parks and gardens. View Full Details>>
Bath Skyline Walk6 miles (9 km)Enjoy wonderful views of the city of Bath on this popular circular walk. The walk has been devised by the National Trust so takes place on waymarked, well maintained footpaths. View Full Details>>
Blagdon Lake1 miles (1.5 km)Along the northern end of this large lake you'll find a lovely footpath running along the lake shore and through the lakeside woodland. On open days you can also visit the Discovery Wood where you can see roe deer, badgers, foxes and otters. There are nesting boxes for owls, tits and kestrels too. On the nature trail there are wildflower meadows with Green winged orchid, knapweeds, white ox-eye daisies and pink devils bit. View Full Details>>
Bleadon Hill2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy great views to the Somerset Levels and coast on this climb to Bleadon Hill. As well as the views there's lots of flora and fauna to enjoy. Look out for plants including wild thyme, common spotted orchid, pyramidal orchid and bee orchid. You may also see Buzzards flying overhead. View Full Details>>
Bossington Hill3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy fabulous views of the Exmoor coastline on this bracing climb near Porlock. The area also includes attractive flora including bell heather, ling heather and western gorse. Look out for wildlife including buzzards, peregrine falcons, kestrels. View Full Details>>
Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower1 miles (1 km)This pretty park and nature reserve is located in the centre of Bristol. It's a splendid place to go for a stroll with a wildflower meadow, ponds and the impressive Cabot Tower. You can climb the 105 feet (32m) high tower for panoramic viewsover the city. View Full Details>>
Brean Down2 miles (4 km)Explore this beautiful natural pier and enjoy wonderful coastal views on this walk on the Somerset coast. The promontory stands at 318 feet (97m) highand is a continuation of theMendip Hills. As such there is some climbing involved but you are rewarded with wonderful views of theBristol Channel, south Wales and Weston Super Mare. At the seaward end you will find Brean Down Fortwhich was built in 1865 and then re-armed in theSecond World War. View Full Details>>
Brendon Hills5 miles (7.5 km)Explore the Brendon Hills range on this challenging walk in the Exmoor National Park. The hills are a less well known area of the county so provide an opportunity for a quieter walk in idyllic surroundings. The attractive landscape consists of streams, rivers, rolling hills and wooded valleys. View Full Details>>
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal14 miles (22.5 km)Follow the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal on this easy walk or cycle in Somerset. The multi user path runs for about 14 miles from the Bridgwater Marina to Firepool Lock next to the River Tone in Taunton. It's a great way to see the lovely countryside and pretty villages of lowland Somerset. The route follows National Cycle Route 3 making it a great option for families looking for a safe cycle ride or walkers looking for an easy stroll. Along the way there's lots of interesting lock structures and old bridges to look out for. At Mansel lock you will find a fascinating scale model of the sun with planets set along the towpath for six miles in both directions, demonstrating the scale of the solar system. There's also a series of nice pubs and cafes where you can enjoy refreshments. View Full Details>>
Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve2 miles (2.5 km)Explore this beautiful nature reserve on this short walk in the Somerset Levels. The reserve is situated on the mouth of the River Parrett with lovely views over the estuary to Stert Island and Burnham-on-Sea. It consists of extensive areas of mudflats, sand banks, reed beds and saltmarshes attracting a large number of birds. Look out for shelduck, curlew, redshank and oystercatcher from the excellent elevated bird hide. There is also an abundance of interesting flora with wildflowers and plants including Somerset hair grass,wild thyme,horseshoe vetchandbirds-foot-trefoil. View Full Details>>
Bristol and Bath Railway Path16 miles (26 km)This lovely cycle or walk takes you along a disused railway line with its series of charming stations. Starting in the historic city of Bristol you will pass through Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and then Warmley where the station platform contains a cafe - perfect for a stop for refreshments. View Full Details>>
Burrington Combe2 miles (3 km)Explore this fascinating carboniferous limestonegorge on this walk in the Mendip Hills AONB. The site is geologically significant with numerous caves, cliffs and interesting rock formations. There is also anIron Ageunivallate hill fortknown asBurrington Camp and a variety of plants to look out for including Rock-rose, Wild Thyme and Wood Sage. View Full Details>>
Burrow Mump5 miles (8 km)This walk climbs this small hill overlooking the village of Burrowbridge in Somerset. On top of the hill there is the striking 18th century ruined church of St Michael's. It's a short, steep climb to the hill summit from the car park but there are lovely views over the Somerset Levels towards Glastonbury Tor and the Rivers Parrett and Tone. This circular walk starts at the Burrow Mump car park and climbs to the ruined church before heading along the river to Samways Farm. Here you head into the countryside along the Burrow Drove and Broad Drove tracks. You continue to Pathe and Stathe where you pick up a trail along the river which leads back to Burrowbridge. There's lovely views across Southlake Moor which can be flooded in winter. This attracts large numbers of wildfowl including pochard, teal and tufted duck. Look out for Otters and newts along the River Parret. View Full Details>>
Cadbury Castle1 miles (1.5 km)Climb to this Iron Agehillfort on Cadbury Hill on this short walk in Somerset. The hill is thought to be the site of King Arthur's Camelot and has a fascinating history. From the high points there are wonderful views over the surrounding Somerset countryside. View Full Details>>
Channel to Channel50 miles (80 km)This walk takes you from the English Channel to the Bristol Channel, through the Devon and Somerset countryside. View Full Details>>
Cheddar Gorge4 miles (6 km)This is a circular walk around the magnificent Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. It is England's largest gorge at 400 feet deep and three miles long and one of the most magnificent natural visitor attractions in the country. It was formed during thelast Ice Age when water from melting glaciers formed a river, which gradually carved into the limestone rock creating the spectacular steep cliffs you can see today. View Full Details>>
Cheddar Reservoir2 miles (3.4 km)Follow the waterside path around this reservoir on this easy circular walk in Somerset. There is a good footpath running around the perimeter with parking available at the south eastern end. It's a lovely spot with sailboats on the water and beautiful countryside and woodland surrounding the water. It's about two miles around the reservoir so it makes for a nice afternoon stroll. View Full Details>>
Chew Valley Lake1 miles (1.2 km)This walk follows the delightful nature trail which runs along the eastern side of this large lake in Chew Stoke. The trail is well surfaced and offers great views across the lake towards Denny Island, a nesting site for Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese. You will also pass the reed beds where you can look out for Reed Bunting and in the summer, enjoy the purple flowers of March Woundwort. View Full Details>>
Clatworthy Reservoir5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a walk around this pretty reservoir in the Brendon Hills on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. There's lovely grassy footpaths running alongside the water with splendid views of the surrounding hills, countryside and woodland. You can park at the car park at the eastern side of the reservoir near to the dam. Then pick up the trails around the perimeterof the water. It's about a 5 mile (8km) walk around the whole reservoir or you can try a shorter nature trail through Clatworthy Wood. Here you'll findbeech, oaks,silver birchandrowan trees and some pretty streams. Look out for red deer,roe deerandbadgersin this area andgeese, grebes and swans on the water. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Combe Sydenham Country Park1 miles (1.5 km)This country park consists of 500 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens surrounding a Grade I listed 15th century manor house. The house has an interesting history being previously owned by Elizabeth Sydenham who married Sir Francis Drake. It is alleged that Sir Francis Drake fired a cannonball into the grounds of the manor to warn Elizabeth not to marry another man. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Cothelstone Hill2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy heathland, woodland and wonderful views on this circular walk in the Quantocks. It's a lovely area with the groups of beech trees known as the Seven Sisters, bronze age burial mounds and the remains of a folly tower. You should also see several Exmoor Ponies around the hilltop and bluebells in the woodland in the spring. View Full Details>>
Cranmore Tower1 miles (1.5 km)Visit the highest point on the Mendip Way and enjoy a stroll through Cranmore Wood on this circular walk in Somerset. The tower is 45 metres (148ft) tall and dates from the 19th century. You can climb to a viewing platform where you can enjoy views over the Mendip Hills. The surrounding woods have some nice footpaths with beech trees and bluebells in the spring. Look out for badgers, rabbits and deer in this area. The tower has a tea room attached to it for refreshments after your walk. View Full Details>>
Cricket St Thomas1 miles (1.5 km)Explore 160 acres of lovely parkland and gardens on this walk around Cricket St Thomas in Somerset. In the park you will find peaceful lakes, secluded woodland and beautiful gardens. Highlights include the delightful Water Garden and the Grotto Garden with sculptural rocks. There is also the beautiful 19th century mansionof Cricket House which was designed by famous architect Sir John Soane. You can enjoy afternoon tea in the tea rooms and sit outside and enjoy the splendid views of the gardens and surrounding Somerset countryside. View Full Details>>
Crook Peak6 miles (9 km)Climb to Crook Peak from the village of Compton Bishop on this fine walk in the Mendip Hills. The hill and the adjacent Wavering Down are a splendid place for a walk with wonderful views over the countryside to the coast. The route uses part of the West Mendip Way to take you across the downs where you will reach a height of nearly 700ft. On a clear day you can see all the way to Brean Down and Porthkerry on the Welsh coast. View Full Details>>
Culmstock Beacon6 miles (9.5 km)This walk climbs to Culmstock Beacon in the Blackdown Hills AONB. You'll also visit Black Down Common where there's extensive heathland supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna. View Full Details>>
Dolebury Warren2 miles (4 km)This National Trust owned limestoneridge has some nice footpaths to try. There's an Iron Age hill fort, wildflowers, butterflies and splendid views across North Somerset, the Bristol Channel and theMendips. View Full Details>>
Draycott Sleights5 miles (7.5 km)Enjoy a large variety of flora and fauna in this delightful nature reserve in Somerset. The reserve has some nice footpaths with great views over the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels. View Full Details>>
Dundry Hill5 miles (7.6 km)A nice circular walk around the Somerset village of Dundry, exploring the expansive Dundry Hill which surrounds the village. There's some lovely countryside and great views of the Chew Valley to the south and the city of Bristol to the north. View Full Details>>
Dunkery Beacon5 miles (7.5 km)This walk climbs to Dunkery Beacon on Dunkery Hill, the highest point inExmoorand Somerset. From the 1,705 feet (520m) summit there are fabulous views over Exmoor, theBrecon Beacons,Bodmin Moor,Dartmoor, theSevern Bridgesand theBristol and English Channels. View Full Details>>
Dunster Castle8 miles (13 km)Explore the parkland, woodland and Historic Deer Park surrounding this Norman Castle near Minehead View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Ebbor Gorge2 miles (2.5 km)This limestone gorge near Wookey Hole has some good walking trails to try. In the gorge you will find waymarked woodland trails and a variety of interesting plants and flowers. There's also pretty streams and lots of interesting rock formations. There is some climbing involved with some of the paths reaching a height of over 700ft. From these high points at the top of the gorge there are great views towards Glastonbury and the Somerset Levels. View Full Details>>
Exe Valley Way52 miles (84 km)The walk starts in Starcross on the banks of the River Exe Estuary and heads through Powderham Deer Park and then along the Exeter Canal to Exeter. View Full Details>>
Forde Abbey2 miles (2.5 km)This former Cistercian monastery has 30 acres of award winning gardens to explore. It's perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll in beautiful surroundings. View Full Details>>
Frome10 miles (16 km)The Somerset town of Frome has some lovely trails to follow through the surrounding countryside. There's easy, waterside paths along the River Frome and more challenging climbs up into the Mendip Hills. View Full Details>>
Fyne Court2 miles (3 km)Explore the gardens and 65 acre wider estate on this short walk in the Quantock Hills. In the estate you'll find three waymarked walking trails taking you to the most interesting areas on well surfaced paths. You'll visit the fine courtyard with a coach house, stable, library and music room. The trail then takes you into the beautiful gardens with a serpentine lake, boathouse, round-towered folly and a walled garden with ornamental trees and shrubs. There are also lovely woodland sections with beech trees and bluebells in spring. View Full Details>>
Glastonbury Canal5 miles (8 km)Follow the Glastonbury Canal through the Somerset Levels on this waterside walk through the Avalon Marshes. You'll pass through a series of lovely nature reserves with lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery to look out for. View Full Details>>
Glastonbury Tor2 miles (2.6 km)This popular walk takes you from the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey to the summit of the iconic Glastonbury Tor. View Full Details>>
Goblin Combe4 miles (6 km)Explore this peaceful wooded valley on this lovely walk in North Somerset. The woods are located a few miles north east of Congresbury, near the small village of Cleeve. The site includes hundreds of acres of woodland, large areas of open grassland and some moderate climbs with great views towards the Mendip Hills. There's also limestone cliffs and limestone meadows with lots of wildflowers to look out for. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Grand Western Canal24 miles (38 km)This splendid waterside walk takes you from Tiverton in Devon to Taunton in Somerset. View Full Details>>
Great Wood Quantocks2 miles (3 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large area of woodland in the Quantocks. There is a red waymarked walking trail starting from the main car park which takes you to Ramscombe on good footpaths. The area has fine trees including ancient oaks, Majestic Douglas firs and Sitka spruce. There are also lovely streams and grassy glades to enjoy a picnic in. Look out for a variety of wildlife including red and roe deer, nightjar and sparrowhawk. View Full Details>>
Greyfield Woods1 miles (1 km)These pretty woods near the village of High Littleton have some nice woodland trails to try. There's free car parking and in the spring there's lots of bluebells within the ancient, mixed woodland. There's also a lovely waterfall and the option of picking up the Limestone Link which skirts the southern edge of the woods. You could pick up this long distance trail and head towards Clutton, Temple Cloud or Timsbury. In nearby Clutton you can join with the Three Peaks Walk and further explore the beautiful Chew Valley. Heading west will take you to the splendid Chew Valley Lake. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Ham Wall2 miles (3 km)Ham Wall Nature Reserve is part of the Avalon Marshes in the beautiful Somerset Levels. There are several easy walking trails in the reserve. The Ham Wall walk runs along the Glastonbury Canal on a nice grassy path from the car park on Ashcott Road. From here you pick up the trail and head east along the water. Look out for lots of wildlife including otters, dragonflies, butterflies, marsh harriers, water voles, bitterns and roe deer. Ham Wall consists of a variety of habitats including reedbeds, wetland, grassland and woodland. There's four short walking trails in all. They are nicely laid out and include a number of bird hides and seating areas dotted along the way. View Full Details>>
Hawkridge Reservoir2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty reservoir in the Quantock Hills area of Somerset. There's nice footpaths climbing above the reservoir, with lovely views across the water to the surrounding countryside and woodland. View Full Details>>
Hestercombe House1 miles (2 km)Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this historiccountry houseon the edge of the Quantock Hills View Full Details>>
Holford3 miles (5.5 km)This lovely Quantocks village has some nice walks to try through the surrounding woodland and countryside. Just to the south of the village is a large area of woodland with a myriad of tracks and paths to try. The bridleways are also good for mountain bikers. View Full Details>>
Holnicote Estate3 miles (5 km)This walk visits Selworthy Beacon and Bury castle in the splendid Holnicote Estate in Somerset. You start off in the village of Selworthy next to the church, and head to the nearby Bury Castle where you will find an Iron Age enclosure dating back to 400 B.C. You then climb to the 308 metres (1,010ft) high Selworthy Beacon where there are marvellous views across Exmoor and the Somerset coast. It is one of the highest points in the Exmoor National Park along with Dunkery Beacon. From the high point you descend on Folly Combe, returning to the church soon after. View Full Details>>
Kennet and Avon Canal Walk76 miles (122 km)A splendid waterside walk from the Thames at Reading, through Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford, Pewsey, Devizes, Bradford on Avon to Bath. Most of the walk follows the towpath making for an easy, relaxing walk. View Full Details>>
Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead3 miles (5.5 km)This circular walk explores a beautiful area of coast and countryside in the Quantocks. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Landacre Bridge from Withypool4 miles (7 km)This circular walk takes you from the little village of Withypool to the medievalLandacre Bridge on Exmoor. It uses a section of the long distance Two Moors Way footpath to reach the picturesque scheduled ancient monument which spans the River Barle. Along the way there's lovely views across the National Park with lots of Exmoor Ponies to look out for too. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Liberty Trail28 miles (45 km)Follow in the footsteps of the villagers that made their way to join the Protestant Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Little Solsbury Hill3 miles (5.5 km)This circular walk climbs this small hill made famous by the Peter Gabriel song 'Solsbury Hill'. The walk starts in the village of Batheaston, following footpaths to the hill summit. From here there are super views over Bath and the surrounding countryside. The route then heads along Chilcombe Bottom to Northend, passing two reservoirs on the way. The last section follows the Limestone Link back to Batheaston. View Full Details>>
Lydeard Hill2 miles (2.5 km)Climb to Lydeard Hill in the Quantocks an enjoy splendid views over the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Lytes Cary2 miles (3 km)Visit this National Trust owned manor house and enjoy walks around the grounds and the surrounding countryside. The house is located close to Somerton, Kingsdon and Charlton Adam. The gardens are very pretty with well surfaced paths taking you to attractive topiary and ponds with ornate statues. They are open from March to October. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Montacute House2 miles (3 km)This magnificent 16th century mansion is surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens, perfect for a peaceful walk. The house includes the 52 metre Long Gallery with a collection of Tudor portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. View Full Details>>
Otterhead Lakes1 miles (1.8 km)This lovely little nature reserve in Otterford has some nice footpaths taking you along the two lakes and the River Otter View Full Details>>
Poets Walk Clevedon1 miles (2 km)This short walk in Clevedon follows the Poet's Walk footpath along the cliff tops to the west of the town. The walk is inspired by some of the poets and writers who have visited Clevedon. These includeColeridgein 1795 andTennysonin 1834. It's also alocal nature reserveand includes calcareous grassland, coastal scrub, woodland, with fine views over the Bristol Channel. View Full Details>>
Porlock and Porlock Weir6 miles (9 km)This circular walk from the town of Porlock uses sections of the South West Coast Path and the Coleridge Way to take you on a tour of the coast and woods surrounding the town. View Full Details>>
Portishead to Clevedon5 miles (8.5 km)Follow the coastal path from Portishead to Cleveland on this point to point walk in Somerset. There's pretty bays, nice beaches, sandstone cliffs and great views across the Severn Estuaryinto Wales. The route runs along a fairly flat path for about 5 miles. View Full Details>>
Prior Park1 miles (1.7 km)Enjoy a stroll around this National Trust owned 18th-century landscapegarden in Bath. The main feature of the park is the lovely lake crossed with a stunning Palladian bridge. This type of bridge is extremley rare with only four of the same design in the world. Look out for wildlife including herons and swans on the lake. From the lakes you can stroll down through woodland to the meadows and ponds at the southern end of the park. In this area you can see dragonflies, cygnets and possibly roe deer. Other features in the park include a summerhouse, ice house and a beautiful cascade which feeds the lakes. View Full Details>>
Quantock Greenway36 miles (58 km)A splendid figure of eight walk through the stunning Quantock Hils AONB. View Full Details>>
River Avon Trail25 miles (40 km)Travel along the River Avon from Pill to Bath via Bristol on this delightful trail View Full Details>>
River Parret Trail50 miles (80 km)Follow the River Parrett from the source in Chedington in Dorset to the mouth in Bridgwater Bay, Somerset. View Full Details>>
Rowberrow Warren3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy miles of mountain bike trails and walking trails in these woods near Cheddar. You can start from the village of Rowberrow, just north of Shipham. Just head east from the village and you can pick up the bridleways and tracks through the woods. It's an attractive area with shady clearings, streams and interesting flora and fauna to look out for. View Full Details>>
Royal Victoria Park Bath1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a stroll around this popular, 57 acre park in the centre of Bath View Full Details>>
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 and the Brendon Hills. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Exmoor National Park where you will visit the lovely Doone Valley. Here you can try our lovely Lorna Doone Walk which visits some of the sites connected to Richard Dodderidge Blackmore's 1869 novel 'Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor'. View Full Details>>
Sand Point3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy fine views across the Bristol Channel to Wales on this coastal walk on the edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Sand Point is an extraordinary peninsulastretching out from Middle Hope over the Bristol Channel. The area is geologically significant with carboniferouslimestone and unusual volcanic intrusions. It is also historically fascinating with bowl barrowanddisc barrowdating from lateNeolithicorBronze Ageand the site of a likelymotte-and-bailey castle.It's also the site of Woodspring Priory, a formerAugustinianpriory, founded in the early 13th century. The area is managed by the National Trust and is a popular place for walkers with its wonderful views towardsFlat Holm island,South Wales,Clevedon, theSecond Severn Crossingand theSevern Bridge. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for with various coastal birds visiting the bays below. Keep your eyes peeled for curlews, little egrets, redshank and sandpipers as you make your way across the headland. View Full Details>>
Shapwick Heath2 miles (3 km)Explore this lovely nature reserve in the Somerset's Levels. Part of the Avalon Marshes, Shapwick Heath is one of several nature reserves in the area. There's reedbeds, wildflower meadows, fens, woods and lots of open water. It's great for wildlife with egrets, bitterns, otters, great-crested grebes and white admiral butterfly to look out for. There's nearly 1000 acres to explore on a number of a walking trails and a cycle trail. It's a splendid place for a walk with such a wide variety of habitats and wildlife to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Shepton Mallet5 miles (8 km)Visit the Charlton viaduct and the village of Doulting on this circular walk in the Somerset town of Shepton Mallet. View Full Details>>
Somerset Coal Canal2 miles (4 km)Follow the Somerset Coal Canal from Tucking Mill to Combe Hay on this easy walk in the Cotswolds. Tucking Mill is just west of the village of Monkton Combe so you could just as easily start off from there. You then follow the Limestone Link for about 2.5 miles to the village of Combe Hay in the Cotswolds AONB. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Sutton Bingham Reservoir1 miles (1 km)This pretty reservoir near Yeovil has a short walking trail through a hay meadow on the western bank of the water. There's lots of pretty wildflowers and great views across the lake from the viewpoint. The meadow includes flora such as the purple Meadow Saffron and yellow Bird's foot trefoil. These attract a wide variety of butterflies such as Small Skipper and Marble White. On the lake you can look out for a number of water loving birds such as Pochard, Coot and Tufted Duck. View Full Details>>
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. This part of the route passes the beautiful Braunton Burrows Nature Reserve. The reserve covers nearly 900 hectares making it the second largestdune system in England. View Full Details>>
Tarr Steps4 miles (6 km)This circular walk visits the famous Tarr Steps before a lovely riverside stroll along the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park. It's a popular walk with attractive woodland running alongside both sides of the fast flowing river. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Two Tunnels Greenway11 miles (18.5 km)This is a super, shared cycling and walking path making use of a disused railway path through Bath and the surrounding countryside. The path takes you through Bath and then on into some splendid Somerset countryside before following the Kennet and Avon Canal Towpath and the River Avon back into Bath. View Full Details>>
Tyntesfield House1 miles (2 km)This VictorianGothic Revivalhouse near Bristol Circular is surrounded by 150 acres (61ha) of parkland and gardens which are perfect for a peaceful walk. You can explore the woodland, the tree lined drive, thedelightful rose garden,the walled kitchen garden, summer houses, and theaviary - all with the rolling Somerset hills as beautiful backdrop. The Home Farm Visitor Centre houses the Cow Barn kitchen, gift shop and garden shop. View Full Details>>
Wellington Monument1 miles (1.6 km)Enjoy a climb up Wellington Hill and visit the monument created to commemorate theDuke of Wellington'svictory at theBattle of Waterloo. The noteworthy site is one of the main features of the Blackdown Hills AONB in Somerset. There's great views from the hill summit and a number of woodland trails to enjoy too. View Full Details>>
West Deane Way45 miles (72 km)This wonderful circular walk takes you through the beautiful Somerset countryside including the Quantock Hills AONB. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>
Weston Woods2 miles (4 km)These pretty woods in Weston-Super-Mare have a series of good footpaths to try. The woods are also a local nature reserve covering 130 hectares (321 acres) on Worlebury Hill above the town. From the elevated position of the woods there are nice views over Sand Bay towards Wales. There's also an Iron Age hillfort at the western tip of the site where the defensive ramparts can be clearly seen. View Full Details>>
Wills Neck2 miles (3.5 km)Climb to the highest point in the Quantock Hillson this circular walk in Somerset. Wills Neck stands at a height of 1,261ft (384m) and commands wonderful views of Dartmoor,Exmoor, theBrecon Beacons, theMendipsandBlackdown Hills. View Full Details>>
Wimbleball Lake7 miles (12 km)Enjoy cycling and walking trails around this large lake on Exmoor. There is a super walking trail running around the perimeter of the lake. You'll enjoy long waterside sections, many peaceful woodland trails and views of the River Haddeo. This route is the round the lake walk but there are also a number of cycle trails with cycle hire available too. The three well surfaced trails are great for riders of all abilites. The easy green graded trail runs for just over a mile adjacent to the lake. It's perfect for families looking for a safe traffic free ride. View Full Details>>
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. View Full Details>>

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