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Great walks in Somerset

Great walks in Somerset
Somerset lends itself to being explored on foot. The Somerset levels makes for great flat walking, while go further afield and you can find some of the most diverse terrain in the UK. From picturesque woodland to dramatic gorges and cliffs, the county of Somerset has much to offer.

Here are some of our favourite places to walk to give you some inspiration, all reachable from our campsite.

Yeovil

Starting off local, there are several walks in and around the town of Yeovil that offer a great taste of walking in Somerset. These six circular walks offer a selection of rolling fields, pretty villages, and local landmarks like the four follies of Barkwick Park.

Glastonbury Tor

Towering above the otherwise flat surrounding landscape of the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor is a truely magical place. Walkers to the top of the hill are greeted by St Michael’s Tower and stunning views across the wetlands and nearby town. It's easy to imagine yourself in the place of ancient kings, druids, and pilgrims as you gaze out.

The footpath up and down the hill is well marked and a fairly easy walk, although don’t let that stop you rewarding yourself with refreshments in the town below!

Tarr Steps 

Another ancient treasure awaits walkers on the western edge of Somerset, in Exmoor National Park. Constructed entirely from large stone slabs and boulders, Tarr Steps is the longest bridge of its kind in Britain at 54m long. It was thought to be built in medieval times, but is potentially much older.

Surrounding the bridge is the wooded valley of the River Barle, which is well worth exploring in its own right for its significant wildlife. The steps and area lie about 2.5 miles away from the picturesque village of Withypool.

Shepton Mallet and the Fosse Way 

The Fosse Way was a Roman road that linked modern-day Exeter to Lincoln. Much of the road has been incorporated into the modern-day road network, but around the town of Shepton Mallet the way is a footpath that makes for a pleasant walk. 

The ancient road makes the walk smooth and easy-going, although very wet weather may make it more challenging due to the mud.

Cheddar Gorge

England’s largest gorge makes for some of the most dramatic scenery and spectacular sights you’ll find on any walk, and a dramatic change from the Somerset levels. Three miles long, over 100 metres deep, and situated in the Mendip Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Cheddar Gorge is a breath-taking sight. The path around the top of the gorge offers jaw-dropping views over weathered crags and cliffs, although with some steep ascents and steps it may not be suitable for all. Inside the cliffs are a network of caves that can be explored on guided tours.

Our family run campsite is ideally placed to explore all these fantastic walks and more. With great transport links and a central location within Somerset, most places can be reached with only a short drive. For more information on walking in Somerset, have a look at our website guide.