Somerset offers some of the most picturesque countryside in England and there is no better way to explore it than a ramble. And if you need inspiration, Taunton Deane and Walking in Somerset both offer downloadable maps.
The Holnicote Estate is situated in 12,000 acres of Exmoor National Park and offers stunning views of varied landscapes including 5 picturesque villages, beautiful moorland, a shingle beach and ancient woodland. Holnicote is a fantastic place for walkers, with over 100 miles of footpaths to explore. Wander round the villages or walk up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.
Castle Neroche is located on the edge of a steep natural escarpment, which forms the northern edge of the Blackdown Hills (some 900ft above sea level). A visit to the Forest of Neroche will offer you spectacular views over the vale of Taunton towards the Quantock Hills and Exmoor and is a great place to enjoy a stroll with the family.
The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape.
Quantock Trekking is a well established centre for horse trekking and riding holidays in the picturesque village of West Bagborough in the heart of the Quantock Hills, Somerset.
A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years.
Nestled within Exmoor, this fascinating valley lies about ½ mile to the west of Lynton. It's well known for its feral goats that roam freely and often quite hair-raisingly on the jagged cliff edges. It is thought that during the Ice Age the ice sheet prevented the East Lyn River from reaching the sea on its normal route and was diverted westwards. When the ice sheet retreated the river was able to resume its original path, leaving this valley riverless. Over the years the valley has silted up to become the U-shape we now see, not caused by a glacier. It is well-known for its unusual rock formations and caves.