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Wootton Courtenay and Timberscombe from Dunster
distance 13.5km Vertical gain +375m Vertical drop -380m Durée 4h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Dunster - Somerset

This circular walk with ascends (one pretty steep!) and descents uses a section of Macmillan Way West with beautiful viewpoints from Grabbist and Knowle hills. Then, you will discover quiet villages and paths in Whits Wood before you go back to Dunster.

distance 13.42km Vertical gain +362m Vertical drop -359m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cutcombe - Somerset

This Somerset walk visits the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon. Starting from Wheddon Cross, the highest village on Exmoor, the walk includes a variety of scenic interest including wooded combes and wild moorland.

distance 13.12km Vertical gain +350m Vertical drop -345m Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Selworthy - Somerset

Selworthy Beacon and North Hill are the main objectives of this walk from Bossington, Somerset. The route offers a variety of Exmoor scenery with coastal hills, views of high moors and the interesting village of Selworthy.

distance 11.02km Vertical gain +363m Vertical drop -358m Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in West Quantoxhead - Somerset

This Somerset walk in the Quantock Hills provides some wonderful views of this beautiful part of Britain. The route follows well trodden paths and tracks for most the way. Choose a day with good visibility to make the most of this scenic walk.

distance 30.42km Vertical gain +594m Vertical drop -853m Durée 10h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Exford - Somerset

The final stage is a bit longer than the others but it is a pleasant walk without too many climbs. First of all, it retraces steps back to Withypool, then follows the River Barle to Simonsbath. From there it's over The Chains to meet the Tarka Trail and descend the Cheriton Ridge and along the East Lyn River to end up in Lynmouth.

distance 13.16km Vertical gain +350m Vertical drop -350m Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Dulverton - Somerset

This Exmoor walk starts from Tarr Steps, a well-known beauty spot, and then continues through countryside of steep, green fields dotted with small farms. The route crosses West Ansley Common before returning to the start through the village of Hawkridge.

Somerset’s Jurrasic Coast : Kilve & East Quantoxhead
distance 5.01km Vertical gain +47m Vertical drop -53m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kilve - Somerset

Along this coast, the dramatic cliffs are layered with blue, yellow and brown lias from the Lower Jurassic period embedded with fossils, particularly ammonites. The beach at Kilve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Behind the coast, the Quantock Hills rise up at Quantoxhead. Across the Bristol Channel, there are fine views of South Wales, whilst further west along the coast behind Minehead is North Hill and Exmoor National Park.

Quantock Circular in Ramscombe Forest
distance 6.15km Vertical gain +154m Vertical drop -152m Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through mixed woodland with some steep ascents.

distance 11.56km Vertical gain +246m Vertical drop -245m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Brendon and Countisbury - Devon

Starting from Malmsmead, this walk in the Exmoor National Park includes sections in Devon and Somerset. The main focus of the route is areas associated with the Lorna Doone novels. However expect much more with valley and moorland walking in this excellent Exmoor walk.

Around & About Nether Stowey
distance 5.4km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -60m Durée 1h45
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

Starting from the centre of the village, this route makes a complete circuit of Nether Stowey with views over the village and the surrounding countryside and coast across to South Wales.

Nether Stowey to Holford and back
distance 12.88km Vertical gain +386m Vertical drop -380m Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular day walk to The Plough Inn at Holford over the Quantocks, taking in part of the Coleridge Way, Walford’s Gibbet and Holford Combe with fine views of the Somerset Coast. There are some lengthy climbs and descents. Can get muddy in places.

Through Nether Stowey, Friarn and Over Stowey
distance 5.73km Vertical gain +156m Vertical drop -152m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through pastureland, woodland and country lanes. Suitable for most weather conditions and seasons but stout footwear is essential. There are some stiles and two steep ascents.

Nether Stowey and Fiddington
distance 8.23km Vertical gain +56m Vertical drop -56m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through pastureland and country lanes to the tranquil village of Fiddington.

Aisholt and Pepperhill Farm Circular
distance 7.92km Vertical gain +224m Vertical drop -225m Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through woodland and farmland with occasional lane walking, taking in part of the Quantock Greenway. There are fine views across The Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor.

Walking Plainfield to Wills Neck ( Download : )
distance 7.98km Vertical gain +237m Vertical drop -232m Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

This walk in the Quantock Hills takes you to Wills Neck the highest point in this Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty. There is a sharp climb to start before you start to enjoy the extensive views.

Walking Lydeard Hill to Wills Neck ( Download : )
distance 4.23km Vertical gain +79m Vertical drop -81m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Bagborough - Somerset

A short easy stroll to the highest point of the Quantock Hills. Do choose a day with good visibility as the views in all directions are extensive.

Cow Castle by Pickedstones Farm from Simonsbath
distance 12.88km Vertical gain +189m Vertical drop -191m Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Exmoor (Somerset) - Somerset

This beautiful circular walk in Exmoor National Park visits Cow Castle using paths to Picked Stones. The return way follows Two Moors Way along River Barle and goes across gorgeous hills and valleys.

Hawkridge Reservoir & Lime Kiln
distance 4.01km Vertical gain +94m Vertical drop -94m Durée 1h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Spaxton - Somerset

A circular walk around Hawkridge Reservoir with opportunities for some bird watching. Then through mixed woodland and across high pasture with views across to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor. The mile extension takes in a renovated limekiln and a viewpoint on Hawkridge Common.

Watersmeet by Ash Bridge and South Hill Common
distance 4.89km Vertical gain +188m Vertical drop -187m Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lynton and Lynmouth - Devon

This short circular walk with steep ascents and descents provides a good way to discover the beautiful river gorge at Watersmeet where Hoar Oak Water meets the East Lyn River. On your way, you will discover a lovely waterfall and viewpoints over the valley.

Holcombe Rogus and Great Western Canal
distance 4.77km Vertical gain +28m Vertical drop -28m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Holcombe Rogus - Devon

Holcombe Rogus is situated on the Devon/Somerset border with the town of Wellington to the east and Tiverton to the west. This walk takes in rural farm land, which includes the Grand Western Canal nearby and the Blackdown Hills to the south.

An easy stroll around Nynehead in Somerset
distance 3.88km Vertical gain +19m Vertical drop -18m Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nynehead - Somerset

This is a very easy, West Somerset walk around Nynehead. If you're a fan of Industrial Heritage, this is a walk-through history lesson is tucked into the landscape surrounding the village; add in great views and a fairly level route and you have a near-perfect short ramble with lots of interest on the way.

distance 24.31km Vertical gain +541m Vertical drop -490m Durée 8h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Knowstone - Devon

Stage 8 takes us into Exmoor National Park and back to some high ground but mostly it's a riverside walk along the River Barle that is a tributary to the River Exe that flows all the way to the south Devon coast at Exmouth. The route goes over Tar Steps near Hawkridge and has the option of finishing at Withypool or continuing to Exford to stay at the YHA.