5 of the best places to go for a walk in Somerset

5 of the best walks in Somerset.

5 of the best walks in Somerset. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whether you want a difficult hike or a leisurely stroll Somerset has a lot of brilliant walking spots on offer – here is five of our favourites.

Brent Knoll.

Brent Knoll. - Credit: Archant

Brent KnollDistance: 2 miles

How to get there: Follow signs to Brent Knoll from Junction 22 of the M5 (Highbridge and Burnham) and set off from the route by St Michael’s Church in Church Lane.

This hike isn’t an easy climb but the reward is breath-taking views spanning across Burnham, Brean and all the way over to Weston-super-Mare. Be prepared for wind and gales at the top but there are a few safe spots perfect to have a picnic.

Crook PeakDistance: 2.5 miles How to get there: The start of the walk is nine miles from Junction 22 of the M5 and there is a car park in Webbington Road.

A history walk taking place on the Mendip Hills.

A history walk taking place on the Mendip Hills. - Credit: Archant

The hill is famous for its distinctive crooked peak and is the highest point in the Mendip Hills.

Once you have braved the hike you will be rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding area.


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The hill is famous for its distinctive crooked peak on top.

Apex ParkDistance: 1 mile and above

See what wildlife you can spot during any of our Top 5 walks in Somerset.

See what wildlife you can spot during any of our Top 5 walks in Somerset. - Credit: Archant

How to get there: The park is situated in Marine Drive in Burnham and has a large car park.

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If you are looking for a more leisurely stroll be sure to visit Apex Park in Burnham-on-Sea. The park offers 42 acres of land and is home to a huge pond filled with swans and ducks just waiting to be fed by the kids. If you are looking to lengthen the walk the park leads directly out onto the harbourside and along Burnham beach.

Cheddar GorgeDistance: 3 miles

How to get there: Get off the motorway at Junction 22 of the M5 and get on the A38. Follow signs towards Cheddar where the is a large car park.

Cheddar Gorge.

Cheddar Gorge. - Credit: Archant

Cheddar Gorge offers multiple walking routes but arguable the best is a cliff top walk beginning at the Lookout Tower.

The walk climbs up to the highest point overlooking Horseshoe bend providing incredible views.

Brean DownDistance: 3 miles

How to get there: Follow signs to Brean from Junction 22 of the M5.

Views from Brean down.

Views from Brean down. - Credit: Archant

Brean Down coastal walk offers some spectacular sights along one of the country’s most beautiful coastlines. Standing more than 30ft high you can see views of the Bristol Channel. The pathway is famous for spotting wildlife so look out for birds, butterflies, wild flowers and a whole lot more.

Don’t fancy travelling so far? Why not check out our top 5 walks in Weston-super-Mare and if you’re feeling hungry afterwards why not try one of our top 5 places to get fish and chips.

Did we miss your favourite walk off of the list? Tweet us @WSMercury to let us know your favourite outdoor spots.

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