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The best walks in Somerset

Dec 09, 2021
The best walks in Somerset

As a county of remarkable contrasts, it is no surprise that there are so many beautiful walking trails to explore in Somerset. From cliff routes, canal paths and nature reserves, this county is a wonderful place to call home. Whether you live in one of its most touristic sites such as Bath, Bridgwater or Taunton, or you’re visiting from Cardiff on the other side of the Bristol Channel, here’s a guide to some of the best walks in Somerset that you simply cannot miss.

Brean Down Peninsula

This spectacular walking trail, south of Weston-Super-Mare, offers stunning views of the Bristol Channel. 3 miles long and 300 feet above the ocean, it is a trip down memory lane, exploring historic sites that scatter the down. Visit the Roman-Celtic temple and continue up to the incredible Victorian fortification at the end of the peninsula. Along the north side of the headland, you’ll also find an Iron-Age hill-fort. The path finishes at the café, where you can enjoy a steaming coffee while admiring the view.

Cheddar Gorge

Ever heard of the Mendip Hills? This beauty spot offers wonderful views of the Cheddar Gorge – a 400 feet deep and 4 miles long limestone gorge home to rare wildlife and flora. It started forming during the Ice Age, when meltwaters carved through the rocks and seeped through the limestone to create the caves. Enjoy panoramic views of Cheddar, Glastonbury Tor and Bridgwater Bay and picnic at the top of the gorge, as this area is fairly flat and ideal for a unique dining experience.

Bury Castle and Selworthy Beacon

Located on the western part of the Somerset coastline, this three-mile hike rises and falls with the Exmoor uplands. Picturesque cottages, a heather full of bumble bees flying around and the beautiful white-washed church at Selworthy make this walking trail one-of-a-kind.

Porlock Bay

Challenging but incredibly rewarding, this nine-mile walk along the western coast of Somerset is a must-do. It overlooks the Bristol Channel and includes salt marshes - once shingle ridge that was destroyed in 1996 following a storm - lagoons and a submerged forest. Enjoy the sunset from the picturesque village of Allerford and breathe in the magical atmosphere of this picturesque trail.

Horner Wood Nestled on the Holnicote Estate, this extensive ancient wood pasture is one of Somerset’s most scenic walks. With oak pollards, an impressive oak tree over 500 years old and rare wildlife, Horner Wood is perfect for excursions on horseback or foot. And at the end of your trip, why not enjoy a brew in one of the pleasant tea-rooms in the valley?