GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Nunney Walks

2 miles (4 km)

This picturesque Somerset village is a lovely place for a stroll. There's a medieval moated castle, a 12th century church, lots of quaint old cottages and a pretty brook running through the centre of the village.
This walk from the village visits Nunney Castle, Nunney Coombe and the neighbouring village of Whatley.
The walk starts in the village centre where you can pick up the Macmillan Way and follow the waymarked trail north along the Nunney Brook to Nunney Coombe. There's some nice woodland trails around here as you continue north to Whatley. Here there's a Vineyard and trails along Fordbury Water to the north of the village.
The route then retraces its steps south before following an alternative public footpath to visit the remains of Nunney Castle. The moated 14th century castle was modernised in the late 16th century, and then besieged and damaged by the Parliamentarians in 1645, during the English Civil War. The site is now run by English Heritage and is free to access with a free car park, a short walk away, off Castle Hill. It's also notable as England's smallest medieval castle.

Postcode

BA11 4LW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Nunney OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Nunney Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The George is a lovely place for some post walk refreshment. The historic pub dates from the 17th century and includes a charming interior with many of the original features such as stone walls, exposed beams, and large open fireplaces. Outside there's a splendid walled garden area for warmer days. You can find them opposite the castle on Church Street with a postcode of BA11 4LW for oyur sat navs.

Dog Walking

The village and the woodland in the Coombe are a nice place for a dog walk. The George Inn mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north you can visit the delightful village of Mells and pick up the Mells River Walk and explore the Wadbury Valley.
The long distance East Mendip Way can also be picked up to the north at Whatley Bottom. The waymarked trail will take you on a tour of the eastern part of the Mendip Hills.
If you head south from the village there's some woodland trails through Postlebury Wood. To the west there's Asham Wood and the climb to the viewpoint at Cranmore Tower.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Mendip Hills Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Weir, Nunney Brook - geograph.org.uk - 1212978

Weir, Nunney Brook. The brook runs through the middle of the village.

The Market Place and Castle, Nunney - geograph.org.uk - 1323585

The Market Place and Castle

Nunney Brook and village - geograph.org.uk - 1323584

Nunney Brook and village

Moat, Nunney Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1212984

Moat, at the castle. The castle is a small, French style castle surrounded by a deep moat, built for Sir John Delamare in 1373.

Fallen trees in Nunney Combe - geograph.org.uk - 440648

Fallen trees in Nunney Combe. A lovely path follows Nunney Brook through woodland. The stream has many fallen trees. It also has very little water, already (May) this year.

Gatehouse, Whatley - geograph.org.uk - 1559683

Gatehouse, Whatley. This building dates from c1500 and is built of limestone rubble. The mouldings are of Tudor design. The building is Grade I listed

Macmillan Way - geograph.org.uk - 231174

Macmillan Way. The Macmillan Way descends from Whatley into the combe below just beyond the next hedge.

Barn and archway - geograph.org.uk - 231180

Barn and archway. Just beyond the northern wall of the parish church at Whatley.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Nunney.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Nunney.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)