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distance 1.63mi Vertical gain +16ft Vertical drop -16ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Meare - Somerset

Westhay Moor is north of the village of Westhay in Somerset. The car park is just off the road to Godney, at the junction with Daggs Lane Drove. A National Cycle Network route runs along a disused railway line, just south of Westhay village.

distance 4.39mi Vertical gain +823ft Vertical drop -817ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheddar - Somerset

Explore Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Middledown and Bubwith Acres Nature Reserves and the surrounding landscape of The Mendip Hills AONB.

Cheddar Gorge from Black Rock
distance 3.7mi Vertical gain +978ft Vertical drop -958ft Durée 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cheddar - Somerset

This circular walk with ascents and descents explores the famous Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills with great viewpoints from the cliffs!

distance 5.86mi Vertical gain +932ft Vertical drop -928ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

This Somerset walk includes a wonderful ridge walk along the West Mindop Way to the summit of Crook Peak. The return route passes through the villages of Compton Bishop and Cross.

distance 2.44mi Vertical gain +105ft Vertical drop -105ft Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

Public footpaths and with stiles and gates. Be aware of grazing animals and keep dogs on leads around livestock. Watch out for uneven ground and hidden mineshafts on Ubley Warren.

distance 3.99mi Vertical gain +240ft Vertical drop -213ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

Explore Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Ubley Warren and Velvet Bottom Nature Reserves and the surrounding landscape of The Mendip Hills AONB.

Beacon Batch, Long Wood and Velvet Bottom from Blackmoore Reserve
distance 6.41mi Vertical gain +420ft Vertical drop -430ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Priddy - Somerset

This circular walk provides a good way to discover the highest point of Mendip Hills with 360° views using a section of The Mendip Trail, West Mendip Way and interesting paths in preserved nature reserves including Long Wood and Velvet Bottom!

Circular walk in Mendip Hill
distance 3.91mi Vertical gain +561ft Vertical drop -548ft Durée 2h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Shipham - Somerset

Walk through Rowberrow Warren which is a beautiful woodland, set on a hillside with large paths.

Walking Sandford Wood and Batch ( Download : )
distance 3.61mi Vertical gain +597ft Vertical drop -594ft Durée 2h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Winscombe and Sandford - North Somerset

From Railway Inn, the walk includes 3 short but stiff climbs, plus 3 stiles. First climbing up Sanford Hill, Lyncombe Hill and Mendip Trail to Sandford Quarry. It later follows a track past site of a Roman Villa before descending to Railway Inn.

distance 2.42mi Vertical gain +272ft Vertical drop -253ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Compton Dundon - Somerset

A mosaic of calcareous grassland, scrub, ancient oak woodland, secondary woodland and conifer plantation on Dundon Hill. The top of Dundon Hill features significant archaeological remains with a hill fort, Bronze Age round barrow and ancient quarry.

Harptree Combe, Niver North Top and River Chew from West Harptree
distance 6.87mi Vertical gain +640ft Vertical drop -630ft Durée 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in West Harptree - Bath and North East Somerset

This circular walk uses well know ways including Monarch's Way, Mendip Trail or Limestone Link and provides a good way to discover wild Harptree Combe and paths in farmland with great views to Chew Valley Lake

distance 2.11mi Vertical gain +59ft Vertical drop -59ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Butleigh - Somerset

Unimproved neutral grassland and a small copse. The site has open access via rights of way from Butleigh. Please keep to the edges of the field until the hay has been cut.

Cameley and Hinton Blewett from Litton
distance 5.63mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -207ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Litton - Bath and North East Somerset

This Somerset walk takes you through unspoilt countryside sheletered beneath the slopes of the Mendip Hills. The route includes tracks, footpaths and quiet country lanes.

Walking Steart Marshes Walk ( Download : )
Steart Marshes Walk
distance 4.31mi Vertical gain +23ft Vertical drop -23ft Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Otterhampton - England

A circular walk through the newly created Steart Marshes along well made pathways, with an optional extension to the breach in the former sea defences on the River Parrett.

distance 2.35mi Vertical gain +10ft Vertical drop -10ft Durée 1h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Babcary - Somerset

Species rich hay meadow. To see the reserve at its best visit between April and mid-July before the annual hay cut.

Evercreech to Batcombe and back along the River Alham
distance 8.49mi Vertical gain +528ft Vertical drop -538ft Durée 4h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Evercreech - Somerset

A thoroughly pleasant and not very arduous walk from Evercreech to Chesterblade, then to Batcombe and back along the River Alham. There are quite a few hills but none of them are very long and the total ascent of the walk is surprisingly modest.

Cranmore Tower to Shepton Mallet
distance 4.88mi Vertical gain +161ft Vertical drop -643ft Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cranmore - Somerset

This walk is intended as the return leg to the central section of the East Mendip Way from Shepton Mallet to Cranmore Tower and is originally published on the East Mendip Way Facebook page.

Hawkridge Reservoir & Lime Kiln
distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +308ft Vertical drop -308ft Durée 1h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Spaxton - Somerset

A circular walk around Hawkridge Reservoir with opportunities for some bird watching. Then through mixed woodland and across high pasture with views across to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor. The mile extension takes in a renovated limekiln and a viewpoint on Hawkridge Common.

Through Nether Stowey, Friarn and Over Stowey
distance 3.56mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -499ft Durée 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through pastureland, woodland and country lanes. Suitable for most weather conditions and seasons but stout footwear is essential. There are some stiles and two steep ascents.

Nether Stowey and Fiddington
distance 5.12mi Vertical gain +184ft Vertical drop -184ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through pastureland and country lanes to the tranquil village of Fiddington.

Nether Stowey to Holford and back
distance 8.01mi Vertical gain +1266ft Vertical drop -1247ft Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

A circular day walk to The Plough Inn at Holford over the Quantocks, taking in part of the Coleridge Way, Walford’s Gibbet and Holford Combe with fine views of the Somerset Coast. There are some lengthy climbs and descents. Can get muddy in places.

Around & About Nether Stowey
distance 3.35mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -197ft Durée 1h45
Starting point Starting point in Nether Stowey - Somerset

Starting from the centre of the village, this route makes a complete circuit of Nether Stowey with views over the village and the surrounding countryside and coast across to South Wales.

distance 3.18mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -404ft Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Wraxall and Failand - North Somerset

A short walk in Somerset to the southwest of Bristol. The circular toute includes the village of Wraxall and also provides the opportunity to explore the grounds and parkland of the National Trust's Tyntesfield.

Walking Plainfield to Wills Neck ( Download : )
distance 4.96mi Vertical gain +778ft Vertical drop -761ft Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

This walk in the Quantock Hills takes you to Wills Neck the highest point in this Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty. There is a sharp climb to start before you start to enjoy the extensive views.

Aisholt and Pepperhill Farm Circular
distance 4.92mi Vertical gain +735ft Vertical drop -738ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through woodland and farmland with occasional lane walking, taking in part of the Quantock Greenway. There are fine views across The Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel to the Mendips and Glastonbury Tor.

Along River Chew, Pensford and Hunstrete Lake from Compton Dando
distance 8.19mi Vertical gain +587ft Vertical drop -587ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Compton Dando - Bath and North East Somerset

This circular walk explores paths around Compton Dando using sections of Two Rivers Way and Three Peaks Walk. You will walk along River Chew, also go across Lord's and Common Woods by Hunstrete Lake.

Walking River and Canal ( Download : )
distance 1.63mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cheddon Fitzpaine - Somerset

A pleasant route of reasonable distance, taking in a beautiful stretch of Taunton’s crowning glory the River Tone, and a quiet tract of the Bridgwater and Taunton canal. Wildlife abounds.

distance 7.95mi Vertical gain +522ft Vertical drop -509ft Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Marksbury - Bath and North East Somerset

Reasonably lengthy walk of nearly 8 miles, to test your navigation skills, but offering lovely open views of the Somerset countryside.

Walking Blackbrook Meander ( Download : )
distance 1.76mi Vertical gain +16ft Vertical drop -16ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Somerset

A gentle meander alongside Blackbrook and around pleasant Hamilton Gault Park. The stream is a traffic-free route for wildlife in and out of the town, including otters and water voles. Come out on a summer evening and watch bats flying above your head catching insects.

Walking South Cadbury, Somerset ( Download : )
South Cadbury, Somerset
distance 9.04mi Vertical gain +705ft Vertical drop -705ft Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Cadbury and Sutton Montis - Somerset

The walk follows the Corton Ridge and offers great views across the Somerset Levels and the Dorset Hills. It has great historic significance as Cadbury Castle is reputed to be Camelot King Arthur's Castle. You also cross the ancient medieval village of Whitcombe. It's an up and downer and can be boggy in wet weather. As an incentive there are two great pubs you can call in at!

Walking Clifton Down ( Download : )
distance 1.44mi Vertical gain +207ft Vertical drop -141ft Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

It is 150 years since The Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act, 1861 secured the Downs as a place of recreation for us all – forever. This trail and a second trail exploring Durdham Down celebrate this anniversary and explore the rich and fascinating history of the Downs.

Walking A Criss-Cross of Bridges ( Download : )
distance 1.22mi Vertical gain +13ft Vertical drop -13ft Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Somerset

Take in a lively stretch of the River Tone, a new wildlife mural, and the Mill Stream running through Goodland Gardens. Visit by day you’ll see Little Egrets hunting for fish, and at dusk, you might be joined by bats who are out hunting for their supper.

Walking River Tone Story Trail ( Download : )
distance 1.12mi Vertical gain +10ft Vertical drop -10ft Durée 0h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Somerset

Circular, family-fun story trail 1.5km riverside walk.

distance 11.11mi Vertical gain +381ft Vertical drop -364ft Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Keynsham - South Gloucestershire

This linear Somerset walk includes typical English countryside, quiet villages, old buildings and historic churches. The route runs from Keynsham to Bath along the northern fringes of the Mendip Hills, and its proximity to both Bath and Bristol ensures that it is well served by public transport.

Walking Durdham Down ( Download : )
distance 2.22mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -154ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

It is 150 years since The Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act, 1861 secured the Downs as a place of recreation for us all – forever. This trail and a second trail exploring the Promenade and Observatory Hill celebrate this anniversary and explore the rich and fascinating history of the Downs.

distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +249ft Vertical drop -246ft Durée 1h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

A moderate walk suitable for a family with older children but unsuitable for wheels. Takes you through quieter parts of the Blaise estate and Henbury gold course.

Walking Gorge Walk ( Download : )
distance 1.12mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -115ft Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

The gorge is at its deepest below Lover’s Leap. You can see massive cliffs of steeply tilted white Carboniferous Limestone. It is difficult to see exactly how the Gorge was formed. It would have been directly influenced by the most recent Ice Age up to 100,000 years ago.

Walking Castle Walk ( Download : )
distance 0.77mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -98ft Durée 0h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

Built in 1795 for John Scandret Harford by William Paty. A solid, simple design placed on a rise so as to appear bigger. Harford was responsible for commissioning landscape architect Humphrey Repton and thereafter, architect John Nash who designed the Orangery, Dairy and nearby Blaise Hamlet. More ornate additions representing a Greek classical influence were made to both the exterior and interior of the house from 1832-3 by C R Cockerell on instruction from J S Harford Jnr.

distance 1.53mi Vertical gain +98ft Vertical drop -108ft Durée 0h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

The Church of St Mary the Virgin dates back to 1093, with various rebuilding over the years until an extensive refurbishment in 1878. Look out for two notable graves; an obelisk memorial to the Egyptologist Amelia Edwards and coloured head and foot stones of ‘Scipio Africanus’, a negro slave.

Walking Rhododendron Walk ( Download : )
distance 2.44mi Vertical gain +289ft Vertical drop -312ft Durée 1h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

Passing by Goram’s Chair, Tarn Lake, Beech Cathedral, Lily Pond, Rhododendron Walk, Rustic Lodge, Woodman’s Cottage.

Walking Kings Weston Down ( Download : )
distance 2.98mi Vertical gain +190ft Vertical drop -184ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bristol

Walk passing by Iron Age Hill Fort, Echo Gate, Arbutus walk, Kingsweston Down and wildflower meadows.

Walking Barn Wood Walk ( Download : )
distance 1.84mi Vertical gain +167ft Vertical drop -167ft Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Gloucestershire

Contoured walk with a focus on 18th century historic features in semi-ancient woodland.

Walking Stoke Park Walk ( Download : )
distance 1.72mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -154ft Durée 0h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in South Gloucestershire

Hilly, with extensive views over and beyond the park landscape, mainly on open land.

Walking Quants Nature Reserve ( Download : )
distance 2.38mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -423ft Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Buckland - Somerset

Mosaic of relic heathy grassland and ancient and secondary woodland on the steep north-facing slope of Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).