As the Somerset landscape turns into a kaleidoscope of auburn, crimson and feuille-morte, now is the time to get out and about on bike, foot, and maybe even surfboard…
It would take an eternity to list every walk in our bountiful county, so we’ve just picked a couple of our favourites that can be found in the Ordnance Survey ‘Somerset, The Mendips and Wiltshire Outstanding Circular Walks’ book.
Walk 19, page 58: Ham Hill, Montacute and Norton Sub Hamdon. We like this one because it starts at The Prince of Wales pub, which sits on top of Ham Hill and is the perfect spot to start a walk. It’s dog friendly and takes about 3 ½ hours, dogs are allowed but on lead through farmland.
You can find a very similar but slightly shorter version of this walk on the OS website here.
Walk 24, page 74: The alleged site of King Arthur’s legendary court of Camelot, ‘Cadbury Castle and the Corton Ridge’ has some awe inspiring views across the countryside. It’s a steady and relatively easy 4 hour ramble and is quite dog friendly. The walk starts in the Cadbury Castle car park and is signposted throughout South Cadbury Village.
You can find a similar, slightly shorter walk here.
On your bike:
The Quantock Hills are a great place to explore, on foot and by mountain bike. For those with a particular interest in downhill mountain biking you’ll like this almost 30km route which has been mapped on trailforks.
Finally, surfing and Somerset aren’t normally considered to go hand in hand. But Porlock Weir is particularly good during winter months. Even if you’re not keen to get in the water, the village is very picturesque and there are many cozy cafes for coffee and cake.
Take a look at vacancies nearby here.
Let us know how you get on!