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Active Secrets

Somerset and Exmoor with their coast and mainly rural character, lend themselves to active pastimes. To read more about each of our Active Secrets click here.One of the most popular is walking and the county has a number of long distance trails - including the newest stretch of the England Coast Path (2) - as well as plenty of shorter, satisfyingly circular routes.

What can make a walk really special is finding an otherwise hidden gem as part of it and there are a few of those in our list of 50 Secrets. Another dimension can be the history of the place where you are walking and in Somerset and Exmoor so you can find yourself stepping back in time. We have several areas that were set aside in Norman times as the preserve of Kings with a passion for hunting. The quarry was usually deer and these can still be seen around the former Royal Forest of Exmoor (1). There are walks with wartime echoes (11) (12) or some swathed in folklore and fantasy (13).Walks where you learn something new are always a treat and we have one where you can learn about our galaxy (6), one where the geology of the area is the focus (3) and one where you can listen to poetry (9).

Yet another joy of a great walk is the reward you have for your efforts when the going is tough and you finally reach a summit to be greeted by incredible views (4) or come across a hidden cove (10). 

Our county of cliffs, crags, gorges and moors is also suited to more energetic and adventurous pursuits such as coasteering (5), caving and climbing (8) and mountain biking (7).  

  1. Ancient Royal Hunting Forest, Hoaroak Water in Exmoor
  2. Waterfall on new stretch of England Coast Path, St. Audries Bay
  3. Great Wood Volcano Walk, Quantock Hills
  4. Stunning 360 degree view of the county from Burrow Mump
  5. Coasteering on the highest coastline in England from Minehead
  6. Somerset Space Walk along Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Maunsel Lock
  7. Best undiscovered Mountain Biking: Exford, Crowcombe and others
  8. Climbing and caving in UK's largest underground caving system, Cheddar
  9. Children’s QR code poetry with views at Conygar Tower, Dunster
  10. Hidden beaches and coves: Lee Bay, Exmoor
  11. Victorian and WW2 Fort with sweeping views, Brean Down
  12. Fake Bristol, WW2 bombing decoy town Black Down, Mendip Hills
  13. King Arthur’s Camelot  at Cadbury Castle

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