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50 Walks in Somerset

50 Walks in Somerset

by: Ronald Turnbull
Somerset is a county of diverse landscapes, providing endless enjoyment for discovery on foot. In the far west of the county there is the Exmoor National Park to explore, including its highest point at Dunkery Beacon. To the east of Exmoor are the Brendon and Blackdown hills, rounded, friendly and criss-crossed with little lanes. Then there are the Mendips and the Quantocks offering fine limestone scenery of meadows and wild flowers and spectacular crags and gorges in the Mendips.

The Somerset levels provide a dramatic contrast to the hills of Somerset. Here you can wander through the reclaimed wetlands among butterflies and reed beds with a backdrop of hills to admire. There are also hillsides of ancient oak and beech woodland to explore and the lovely towns of golden limestone, tile and thatch.

This guide explores some of the best of Somerset's countryside. It includes 50 themed walks of between 2 and 10 miles, each with fascinating background reading. There are clear, easy-to-follow route descriptions and full colour detailed sketch maps for every walk. Each walk chapter is prefaced by a practical information panel and then a section with interesting information on what to look out for during the walk. Details of places to eat and drink are provided, including guidance for dog owners on where to walk and dog-friendly establishments.

The walk locations are as follows:
Alfred's Tower - 8.5 miles
Avon Gorge - 4.25 miles
Bath - 4 miles
Beacon Batch - 9 miles
Blackdown Hills - 5 or 9.25 miles
Bridgewater - 6 miles
Bruton - 4.5 miles
Burrow Mump - 5.25 miles
Cheddar - 3.5 miles
Crook Peak - 6 miles
Cucklington - 5.5 miles
Curry Rivel - 4 miles
Dolebury Warren - 5.25 miles
Doone Valley - 8.75 miles
Dunkery Beacon - 6 miles
East Lambrook - 4.75 miles
Ebbor Gorge - 4.75 miles
Glastonbury - 2.5 miles
Goblin Combe - 5.25 miles
Ham Hill - 4 or 6.5 miles
Holford - 5.5 or 7.5 miles
Horner - 4.5 miles
Huntspill - 4.5 miles
Ilminster - 5.75 miles
Kilve - 3 miles
Lype Hill - 5.75 miles
Minehead - 8 miles
Nunney - 3 or 5.25 miles
Polden Hills - 4.5 or 7 miles
Porlock - 6 miles
Shepton Mallet - 3.5 miles
South Cadbury - 6.5 miles
Stapley - 3 miles
Tarr Steps - 5.25 or 7.75 miles
The Chains - 5.75 miles
Wellow - 6.5 or 9 miles
Wells - 10.5 miles
Westhay - 4.75 miles
Wimbleball Lake - 6 miles
Winsham - 7 miles
Withypool - 3.5 miles
Wiveliscombe - 6 miles
Woollard - 6.25 miles

ISBN 9780749574857 Pages 157 (2013 reprinted 2017) 118mm x 218mm

Price: 11.50