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