Curry Rivel, Somerset

A large village near Langport on the south western edge of the Somerset Levels. Fill up with petrol at the garage, stock up with provisions at the shop, and have a cream tea at Living Pretty or a stone baked pizza at the Firehouse, then go for a stroll up the lane to the village green and admire the thatched cottages and the church of St. Andrew. From here there's a good walk of about 4 miles across the fields and up through the woods to the Burton Pynsent monument; the views from here are incredible, stretching out across the Levels for miles, and it's a smashing spot to stop for a breather. En route you go along a drove where you look down upon a nature reserve that's home to flocks of migratory birds; take the binoculars.