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Walks and trails in Somerset

 
Please note that for the foreseeable future the exact route of the River Parrett Trail may differ from that shown on the maps and directions due to ongoing dredging works. In addition the route of the West Somerset Coast Path will be affected by the ongoing works at Hinkley Point power stations. Please follow all on site diversions or guidance provided by the relevant authorities and their staff.


There are over 6100 km of public rights of way in Somerset. They are comprised of footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and a few byways open to all traffic. Several of these paths are promoted as part of popular regional or national trails, such as the Coleridge Way, River Parrett Trail, South West Coast Path and West Somerset Coast Path.

You can find information on 16 popular promoted trails in the Route Finder leaflet which is in the Information and Resources section of this page. Three of these; Coleridge Way, West Somerset Coast Path and River Parrett Trail are managed and promoted by us. Copies of the Walking Riding and Cycling Routes in Somerset leaflet can be found in most Tourist Information Centres and Council Information Points. More information about walking the West Somerset Coast Path and the Coleridge Way can also be found under the Information and Resources section.

You can view and print cycling and walking maps on the Moving Forward website. Moving Forward is an initiative to reduce congestion and pollution in Somerset by helping people to explore sustainable transport options.

View the interactive mapping to find out where you can walk, ride or cycle. Walkers can use all categories of public rights of way. Horse riders and cyclists can use bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic. 

You can report any problems you may encounter on these routes by using the online button on our Report problem with public right of way page. A link to this page can be found under Related services.

Bridges along the River Tone leaflet
A joint effort between the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Somerset County Council and the Highways Agency has produced a fascinating leaflet about 23 bridges along the course of the River Tone.

Every bridge in the short guide has details about its engineering pedigree provided by the Council's members of the ICE, using snippets from archaic records and modern techniques and material used.

Copies of the leaflet can be picked up in the Tourist Information Centres at Wellington and Taunton, or downloaded from the Information and Resources section of this page.

Canal Walks

The 15 mile long canal path between Taunton and Bridgwater has been developed as a multi-user route to encourage walking and cycling. It forms part of the Sustrans cycle route 3. The canal path is an ideal way of passing through lowland Somerset, seeing areas of historic interest and natural beauty.

The Somerset Space Walk is an attraction along the canal route. It was designed by the late Pip Youngman and depicts our solar system as a true scale model running the length of the Bridgwater to Taunton canal.

Information leaflets on the Space Walk and the various canal walks can be downloaded from the Information and Resources section.

Contacts

Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4DY
Email ROWVolunteers@somerset.gov.uk 
Contact no: 01823 358250 
Fax: 01823 356114 
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed

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