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Walking South Cadbury, Somerset ( Download : )
South Cadbury, Somerset
distance 14.54km Vertical gain +215m Vertical drop -215m Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Cadbury and Sutton Montis - Somerset

The walk follows the Corton Ridge and offers great views across the Somerset Levels and the Dorset Hills. It has great historic significance as Cadbury Castle is reputed to be Camelot King Arthur's Castle. You also cross the ancient medieval village of Whitcombe. It's an up and downer and can be boggy in wet weather. As an incentive there are two great pubs you can call in at!

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.

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.

Evercreech to Batcombe and back along the River Alham
distance 13.66km Vertical gain +161m Vertical drop -164m Durée 4h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Evercreech - Somerset

A thoroughly pleasant and not very arduous walk from Evercreech to Chesterblade, then to Batcombe and back along the River Alham. There are quite a few hills but none of them are very long and the total ascent of the walk is surprisingly modest.

Circular walk in Mendip Hill
distance 6.29km Vertical gain +171m Vertical drop -167m Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Shipham - Somerset

Walk through Rowberrow Warren which is a beautiful woodland, set on a hillside with large paths.

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.

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.

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.

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.

distance 3.39km Vertical gain +18m Vertical drop -18m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Butleigh - Somerset

Unimproved neutral grassland and a small copse. The site has open access via rights of way from Butleigh. Please keep to the edges of the field until the hay has been cut.

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.

distance 3.9km Vertical gain +83m Vertical drop -77m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Compton Dundon - Somerset

A mosaic of calcareous grassland, scrub, ancient oak woodland, secondary woodland and conifer plantation on Dundon Hill. The top of Dundon Hill features significant archaeological remains with a hill fort, Bronze Age round barrow and ancient quarry.

distance 2.62km Vertical gain +5m Vertical drop -5m Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Meare - Somerset

Westhay Moor is north of the village of Westhay in Somerset. The car park is just off the road to Godney, at the junction with Daggs Lane Drove. A National Cycle Network route runs along a disused railway line, just south of Westhay village.

distance 6.42km Vertical gain +73m Vertical drop -65m Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

Explore Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Ubley Warren and Velvet Bottom Nature Reserves and the surrounding landscape of The Mendip Hills AONB.

distance 3.92km Vertical gain +32m Vertical drop -32m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

Public footpaths and with stiles and gates. Be aware of grazing animals and keep dogs on leads around livestock. Watch out for uneven ground and hidden mineshafts on Ubley Warren.

Walking Quants Nature Reserve ( Download : )
distance 3.83km Vertical gain +131m Vertical drop -129m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Buckland - Somerset

Mosaic of relic heathy grassland and ancient and secondary woodland on the steep north-facing slope of Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

distance 7.07km Vertical gain +251m Vertical drop -249m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheddar - Somerset

Explore Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Middledown and Bubwith Acres Nature Reserves and the surrounding landscape of The Mendip Hills AONB.

distance 3.6km Vertical gain +81m Vertical drop -78m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Otterford - Somerset

Species-rich limestone and marshy meadows beside River Yarty.

distance 3.79km Vertical gain +3m Vertical drop -3m Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Babcary - Somerset

Species rich hay meadow. To see the reserve at its best visit between April and mid-July before the annual hay cut.

Walking River Tone Story Trail ( Download : )
distance 1.81km Vertical gain +3m Vertical drop -3m Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Somerset

Circular, family-fun story trail 1.5km riverside walk.

Walking Blackbrook Meander ( Download : )
distance 2.84km Vertical gain +5m Vertical drop -5m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Somerset

A gentle meander alongside Blackbrook and around pleasant Hamilton Gault Park. The stream is a traffic-free route for wildlife in and out of the town, including otters and water voles. Come out on a summer evening and watch bats flying above your head catching insects.

Walking A Criss-Cross of Bridges ( Download : )
distance 1.97km Vertical gain +4m Vertical drop -4m Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Somerset

Take in a lively stretch of the River Tone, a new wildlife mural, and the Mill Stream running through Goodland Gardens. Visit by day you’ll see Little Egrets hunting for fish, and at dusk, you might be joined by bats who are out hunting for their supper.

Walking River and Canal ( Download : )
distance 2.63km Vertical gain +4m Vertical drop -4m Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheddon Fitzpaine - Somerset

A pleasant route of reasonable distance, taking in a beautiful stretch of Taunton’s crowning glory the River Tone, and a quiet tract of the Bridgwater and Taunton canal. Wildlife abounds.

Cranmore Tower to Shepton Mallet
distance 7.85km Vertical gain +49m Vertical drop -196m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cranmore - Somerset

This walk is intended as the return leg to the central section of the East Mendip Way from Shepton Mallet to Cranmore Tower and is originally published on the East Mendip Way Facebook page.

Cheddar Gorge from Black Rock
distance 5.96km Vertical gain +298m Vertical drop -292m Durée 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheddar - Somerset

This circular walk with ascents and descents explores the famous Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills with great viewpoints from the cliffs!

Beacon Batch, Long Wood and Velvet Bottom from Blackmoore Reserve
distance 10.32km Vertical gain +128m Vertical drop -131m Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

This circular walk provides a good way to discover the highest point of Mendip Hills with 360° views using a section of The Mendip Trail, West Mendip Way and interesting paths in preserved nature reserves including Long Wood and Velvet Bottom!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.