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 flood defence and dredging works. The route of the England Coast Path and West Somerset Coast Path will also 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.
National and regional trails
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 England Coast Path, 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, and all of them link to the England Coast Path; you can find more information about walking the trails in the Information and Resources section of this page. Copies of the Walking Riding and Cycling Routes in Somerset leaflet can be found in most Tourist Information Centres and Council Information Points.
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 our Exploring Somerset online map 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 on our Report problem with public right of way page. A link to this page can be found under Related services.
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.
Bridges along the River Tone leaflet
A joint effort between the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Somerset County Council and Highways England 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.