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Walks & Walking Routes in Somerset

As a County of remarkable contrasts, it is no wonder Somerset can offer some of the most varied and exciting walking terrain anywhere in the UK.

We have a National Park, Exmoor and no fewer than three designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills.

There are coastal, cliff and canal paths; wooded, wilderness and wild flower walks and circular, long distance, and themed trails.

There is even an island walk if you visit Flatholm in the Bristol Channel!

Among the best known longer routes are the South West Coast Path, which begins in Minehead and goes west; the England Coast Path, running east from Minehead as far as Brean; the Coleridge Way which starts from Nether Stowey; the Two Moors Way and the Parrett Trail.

A feature of the lower lying areas is the tendency for sudden lumps and bumps to appear in their midst and we have incorporated six of these into a fun itinerary known as the Visit Somerset 360s, offering as they do fantastic all-round views from the summits.

A number of our towns and villages have Walkers are Welcome accreditation which means that they go out of their way to make sure walkers have what they need to enjoy their visits and explore the area.

Some of the County’s best beaches allow for walking dogs all year.

The Somerset Levels, with their wide open vistas, willows and waterways make for relaxed strolls while the Blackdown, Mendip and Quantock Hills have steep coombes, gorges and cliffs that provide more adventurous walking and far-reaching views.

There are dramatic seascapes revealed by the coastal paths and hidden gems of villages to be found by opting for leafy lanes. 

We can boast more than 6,000 km of public rights of way and many quiet roads where traffic is a rarity.

Public transport, waymarked routes, guides and downloadable walks are all there to help get you started.

A great way of getting to know an area is to attend a Walking Festival and we have plenty in Somerset & Exmoor. Among these is the Exmoor Walking Festival.

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