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Activities in Taunton Deane

Whether your interests lie in history, the great outdoors, exploring or eating and drinking – or whether you simply want a relaxing time – then Taunton Deane has plenty to offer.

Because the area offers a unique blend of attractive towns and beautiful, accessible countryside there’s always a huge variety of leisure activities on offer close by.

If you’re keen on walking then we have something to cater for all tastes, from the gentle Taunton Heritage Trail or one of our 21 well-planned circular walks, which come with varying degrees of difficulty (though most are easy).

Perhaps you’d fancy an amble along the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton canal which will lead you to some really unspoilt locations and delight you with the range of wildlife on view.

On the other hand if you prefer something more strenuous you could tackle the challenging slopes of the Quantocks and be rewarded with some of the finest walking in southern England when you reach the top of the 12-mile ridge.

All our waymarked walks across the Deane are available to download and print off.

This is ideal countryside, too, for horse-riding and cycling – and there are also fantastic walks to be enjoyed using stations on the West Somerset Railway or stops on the many local bus routes as your starting point.

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  1. 1610 - Castle Sports Centre

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    1610 - Castle Sports Centre

    Type

    Sport/Leisure Centre

    Taunton

    Castle Sports Centre is located within the heart...

  2. Aerosaurus Balloons

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    Aerosaurus Balloons

    Type

    Aircraft/Ballooning

    Taunton & Castle Cary

    Aerosaurus Balloons are the largest provider of...

  3. Ash Common Nature Reserve

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    Ash Common Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Ash Common was our first Local Nature Reserve, and it is still the largest we have. The Common is home to a mixture of habitats, with areas of unimproved neutral grassland, semi-natural deciduous...

  4. Bickenhall Orchard Nature Reserve

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    Bickenhall Orchard Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Bickenhall Orchard has many apple trees, some with a rich bryophyte community and mistletoe. The grassland of the orchard is has many species with a wide range of herbs including yarrow, fleabane,...

  5. Blackbrook Pavillion

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    Blackbrook Pavillion

    Type

    Sport/Leisure Centre

    Taunton

    Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa is based on the...

  6. Children's Wood and Hankridge Riverside

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    Children's Wood and Hankridge Riverside

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Children’s Wood was formed from the grassy banks of the River Tone flood alleviation work. Now there are large woodland blocks and standard trees, including a small orchard at Obridge. The adjoining...

  7. Circular Walk - Castle Neroche

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    Circular Walk - Castle Neroche

    Type

    Walking Route

    Taunton

    A walk from ancient fortifications high on the...

  8. Circular Walk - Cotlake Hill

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    Circular Walk - Cotlake Hill

    Type

    Walking Route

    Taunton

    This walk to the south of Taunton starts at Vivary Park and passes through Trull before gently ascending Cotlake Hill to give panoramic views of Taunton and the surrounding landscape. Distance 4.5...

  9. Circular Walk - Taunton to Longaller

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    Circular Walk - Taunton to Longaller

    Type

    Walking Route

    Taunton

    This is an easy walk starting in central Taunton, along the banks of the River Tone and across the water meadows to the west of Taunton. Distance 4 miles.

    The circular trails are open to everyone....

  10. Circular Walks

    Circular Walks

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Taunton

    These short trails give you time to discover the...

  11. Frieze Hill Community Orchard

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    Frieze Hill Community Orchard

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Frieze Hill Community Orchard used to be allotments and agricultural land. It reverted to rough grassland and now contains orchard trees. The Community Orchard Group planted the first trees in early...

  12. Gadds Valley Nature Reserve

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    Gadds Valley Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Gadds Valley Local Nature Reserve is the latest reserve we have. It has an interesting mosaic of habitats from woodland through to open grassland and a stream with marginal vegetation such as wavy...

  13. Hurstone Nature Reserve

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    Hurstone Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Wiveliscombe

    The Reserve is made up of woodland from the embankments of the approach to the former railway viaduct. The site also adjoins grassland and ancient deciduous hedgerows. The ground flora is dominated...

  14. Netherclay Community Woodland

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    Netherclay Community Woodland

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Netherclay Community Woodland borders the River Tone in Bishops Hull. With support from the Forestry Commission and the help of the Parish council and local volunteers, we have planted over 5000...

  15. Norton Hillfort Nature Reserve

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    Norton Hillfort Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    Norton Hillfort Local Nature Reserve is a scheduled ancient monument , first occupied by people in the Stone Age. The edge of the hillfort is wooded and forms a crown on top of the hill. In the...

  16. Otterhead Lakes

    Otterhead Lakes

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    The Reserve is set around two lakes of the former landscaped gardens of Otterhead House, which was demolished in 1952. Semi-natural habitats now make up the reserve including alder and willow carr,...

  17. Somerset Bike Hire

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    Somerset Bike Hire

    Type

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    Creech St. Michael , Taunton

    For great quality hire road and hybrid bikes in...

  18. Somerset Space Walk

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    Somerset Space Walk

    Type

    Walking Route

    Taunton

    The Somerset Space Walk is a true scale model of our Solar System with the planets placed along the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal.

    You do not have to walk all 22 kilometres! Centred on the Sun at...

  19. South Taunton Streams

    South Taunton Streams

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    This reserve comprises of four sites: • Mill Stream • Killams • Glasses Mead • Blackbrook Open Space These are located next to three watercourse (Mill Stream, Galmington Stream and Blackbrook Stream)...

  20. Swains Lane Nature Reserve

    Swains Lane Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Taunton

    The reserve is made up of two small fields bounded by banked elm hedgerows and surrounded by housing. Both fields used to be orchards. The southern field still contains several old apple trees. The...

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