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Walking Breaks Somerset

Somerset…  whether you’re a hardy hiker or a first time trekker you’ll love this county of beautiful and diverse countryside; of high cliff tops and coastal paths, wild heaths, rugged hills, a network of quiet lanes and footpaths, and miles and miles of glorious open countryside intersected with wooded coombes and softly rolling valleys. When you’re staying at a Sleeps12 property in Somerset you know that you’re never far from some great walking terrain; there’s always stunning scenery ripe for exploring right on your doorstep.

We love the high plateaus and the rolling valleys of the Blackdown Hills, dotted with working farms and pretty villages. Walk up to Wellington Monument for breathtaking panoramic views, or around Otterhead Lakes, and allow for a relaxing pub lunch – try the Candlelight Inn at Bishopswood, or the York Inn at Churchinford.

The wild beauty of the Quantock Hills is a walker’s paradise, with far reaching views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. There are plenty of walking routes including the West Somerset Coast Path and the Coleridge Way. Take in Hawkridge Reservoir, Wills Neck and Cothelstone Hill and head to the Carew Arms in Crowcombe, the Blue Ball Inn at Triscombe, or the Pines Café near Broomfield for refreshments.

Exmoor National Park offers a diversity of scenery, from heather covered moors to oak woodlands and rolling river valleys. There are walks of all lengths that will lead you to that all important fuel stop – how about a Lorna Doone walk to Culbone Church and a bite to eat at the Ship Inn at Porlock Weir? Stroll the banks of the River Barle to Tarr Steps and enjoy lunch at the Tarr Farm Inn just up the road, or climb up to the summit of Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor and then head to Dunster for refreshments.

For flatter walks, the Somerset Levels is a unique landscape of wetlands, old drover’s paths and rhynes (pronounced REENS) lined with ancient pollarded willows – a haven for nature lovers and those who like to get off the beaten track. Pick up the Parrett Trail taking time to visit the ruins of Mulcheney Abbey and have tea at the Stable Café, or head into Langport where Kitchen is renowned for its delicious food. It’s worth the climb up to Burrow Mump, and back down to the King Alfred Inn at the foot of the hill.

The Mendip Hills are an AONB of windswept plateaus, deep gorges, and the softer rolling hills of the Chew Valley; explore the Mendip Way or the Butcombe Trail. Plan a walk to take in dramatic Cheddar Gorge or the smaller but very impressive Ebbor Gorge, allowing time for a pit stop at one of the quaint watering holes – the Crown Inn at Churchill, The Queen Victoria at Priddy, or the Queens Arms at Bleadon.

So pack your walking boots and your rucksack, book your favourite Sleeps12 property in Somerset and get down to the West Country for an inspiring UK walking holiday.

 

 

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