With a global pandemic and a national lockdown, it’s meant our usual trips abroad have been put on hold. But that’s not such a bad thing! We’re using this as an opportunity to explore the nature right on our doorstep, and what better way to blow away the cobwebs than a good walk?
Based in Somerset, we know just how lucky we are to have some wonderful walks and trails around us with never-ending places to explore. Here are some of our favourites.
Based in North Somerset near Burnham-on-Sea, this walk is an easy route for all walking abilities. Winning a Seaside Award in 2017, it’s great for the family and offers scenic views on a bright summer’s day or a crisp winter afternoon. What’s also great is Berrow Beach is dog friendly all year round so your loyal companion can enjoy the sandy beach and splash in the sea without a worry. This beach is similar to Weston-super-Mare when the tide is out leaving a stretch of muddy sand, so check the tides before you visit. Don’t forget to check out the Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve too which can be accessed at multiple points along the beach and can be incorporated into a circular walking route.
If you’re looking for a longer walk, maybe on a Sunday afternoon, give this one a go. Located in the dramatic Mendip Hills, the heathlands offer a spectacular landscape characterised by dwarf heather and barren hills as a result of ancient Bronze Age agriculture. Now used for grazing cattle and wild ponies, you’ll be surrounded by nature!
Another great walk for the family, the Hawkridge Woods Walk offers a slightly different scene. A short walk too means the kids won’t tire out and you can discover the renovated lime kiln, scenic ash woodland and conifer plantations, and a picnic area and viewing point to take it all in (see if you can spot a buzzard soaring on the thermals). This woodland is also famous for its deer population and roe deer and red deer have been spotted here.
Are you looking for unspoilt views of the Somerset Countryside? Look no further than the iconic Glastonbury Tor, one of the most famous landmarks in Somerset. It’s not just famous because it can be seen for miles and miles around, but also because it has huge spiritual significance for many people.