GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wellington Monument Walk

1 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.
Start your walk from the Wellington Monument car park, at Hemyock Place. From here you can pick up a lovely, beech lined woodland trail up to the monument. The obelisk stands at a height of 175 ft (53m) and is one of the tallest of its kind in Britain. It's surrounded by an attractive area of grassland where you can see various wildflowers in the summer months. There's also a wide variety of birds and butterflies to look out for here too.
Wellington Hill is located just to the east of Culmstock Beacon and Black Down Common. You can extend your walk by heading up to the beacon for more great views over the Somerset and Devon countryside.
The monument lies just to the south of the market town of Wellington where there are two waymarked walks to pick up. You could also visit the hill from the town by following a public footpath south for just over a mile.


TA21 9PA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wellington Monument OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wellington Monument Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just a mile to the south east of the car park you'll find Half Moon Inn at Clayhidon. The fine old pub dates back to the 18th century and sits near the 13th century St Andrews church. They serve good quality food and have a cosy log fire for colder days.
Outside there is a particularly lovely garden area here with excellent views over the Culm Valley. You can find the inn at postcode EX15 3TJ for your sat navs.
Head into nearby Hemyock and there's The Catherine Wheel as an alternative. The pub serves good quality food, including a carvery. You can find them at postcode EX15 3RQ. They also have a garden area and are dog friendly.
Hemyock is also notable as the largest village in the Blackdown Hills AONB. It includes an ancient ruined castle and views of the River Culm so is worthy of some investigation itself.

Dog Walking

The woodland and hill top make for a fine dog walk. The Half Moon Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the south west there's Uffculme where you can visit the lovely deer park on the Bridwell Estate. In the village there's also the historic Coldharbour Mill with its fascinating working wool museum.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Blackdown Hills , The Wellington Monument - - 1243004

Blackdown Hills, The Wellington Monument. The Monument is a 175 feet (53 m) high triangular tower located on the highest point of the Blackdown Hills, 3km south of Wellington.

Footpath to Wellington Monument

The tree-lined footpath to the monument in autumn.

Wellington Monument in the mist - - 1361628

Wellington Monument in the mist

Cannon beneath the Wellington Monument, Somerset - geograph-3881061

Cannon beneath the Monument.

Blackdown Hills , National Trust Sign and Uphill Track - - 1243951

Blackdown Hills , National Trust Sign and Uphill Track

Blackdown Hills , Wellington Hill Steps - - 1243956

Steps leading from the woodlands to the top of the hill and Wellington


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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