Winter walks in Somerset: 7 of the best

PUBLISHED: 13:10 11 December 2019

Winter Walks

Winter Walks

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A bracing winter walk is the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs, and where better to embrace the crisp, chilly air than through the varied, and beautiful, landscape that Somerset has to offer

Cheddar Gorge

One of England's most iconic, dramatic landscapes spanning three miles and at almost 400 foot deep, Cheddar Gorge has plenty to offer those who fancy a walk.

Wonderful to explore all year round, as winter hits the Gorge, and the village below, enjoy a bracing ramble and soak in those views from the top. Make sure to keep an eye out for the bounty of wildlife the Gorge boasts: spot free-roaming goats, Soay sheep or maybe even the endangered greater and lesser horseshoe bats, and plenty of birdlife. Refuel at the Lion Rock Tearooms for a hot chocolate in delightful, vintage surroundings or The Bath Arms for delicious fare if you're feeling truly peckish.

Wellington Monument

Standing proudly a short while from Wellington, Wellington Monument is a spectacular structure which pays tribute to the 'Iron Duke' and his victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

As well as visiting the iconic landmark, a walk around the surrounding meadow is perfect to blow away those cobwebs and soak in breathtaking views across the Vale of Taunton from the top of the Blackdown Hills. Refuel at the traditional The Blackbird Inn, a well-known landmark on the way to Taunton from Wellington, with a tasty homemade dish.

Into the Gorge

Horner Wood ancient trees walk

A woodland walk is made even more dramatic when the leaves have finally fallen from the trees and are left bare. The impressive ancient wood pasture of Horner Woods, a 2000 acre woodland in the Holnicote Estate, is a delight for walkers to explore. Spot plenty of ancient oak pollards, a beautiful oak tree over 500 years old named the General and an abundance of wildlife, including red deer and Exmoor ponies, which call the woodland their home.

Refuel at The Holnicote Estate; home to villages, featuring picture-perfect cottages and buildings steeped in history. We recommend indulging in a cream tea at Kitnors Tea-room in the charming village of Bossington. Yum!

Winter Wonderland

Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk

For breathtaking views, gear up for the steady climb from the pretty village of Selworthy, think cute as a button cottages and quaint winding streets up to the ancient monument of Bury Castle.

Soak in amazing views of the rolling landscape glittering with frost.

Bath skyline

A ramble along the Bath skyline, a favourite walk of ours, has previously featured in our autumn walks. The six mile route is a varied one: expect hidden valleys, historic monuments, woodlands and meadows, all abundant with a variety of wildlife. Reward yourself with the jaw dropping viewpoint of Bath below you as you trek along the countryside.

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Enjoy something to eat at The American Museum at Claverton Down and enjoy a free cookie and coffee with your admission fee when you present your printed Skyline map. If you have the chance, immerse yourself in the history of America with an eclectic collection boasting the diverse traditions of the continent.

Brean Down

Somerset is home to some of England's prettiest, and most dramatic, coastlines along the South West Coast Path. Wrap up warm, pack a flask of tea, and head to Brean Down for a wonderful winter walk.

A stroll around Bath (1)

A staggering peninsula reaching a height of nearly 100 metres, the ledges of the Brean Down cliff give plenty of opportunities for fantastic views across the Bristol Channel, to the Mendips, Somerset Levels, Quantocks and South Wales. After soaking in the sights, descend down to the beach to breathe in the ocean air and enjoy the sounds of the waves lapping the beach.

Dolebury Warren

Sitting on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills, and near to the small Somerset village of Churchill, Dolebury Warren is a delight to explore, particularly in the winter. At over 3000 years old, the Iron Hill fort is surrounded by thick forest, exudes history and is a haven for all kinds of wildlife.

Yellow Warning

Escape the stresses of the everyday as you walk up to the top and enjoy mesmerising views of Somerset in its wintery glory.

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