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Walking in North Somerset

North Somerset has a varied landscape, with many coast. woodland and countryside walks.  You can find a range of walks of different lengths and terrain listed below by clicking on the bold links. Walking groups, organisations and contacts are also listed at the end.

Public footpath for walks

WALKS BY LOCATION

Ashton Court, Long  Ashton – 3 mile walk featured in the Weston Mercury’s top 10 North Somerset walks list. 

Axbridgea 4.5 mile walk which can be extended by 3 more miles if you opt to walk around the reservoir.

Backwell Lake, 1 mile. Featured in the Weston Mercury’s top 10 North Somerset walks list.

Between Banwell and Barton, take this circular walk to Barton and back to see the water flowing. However, low-lying fields can get waterlogged during wet weather so it is best tackled during a dry spell.

Blagdon Lake, 1 mile – Along the northern end of this large lake you’ll find a lovely footpath running along the lake shore and through the lakeside woodland. On open days you can also visit the Discovery Wood where you can see roe deer, badgers, foxes and otters. There are nesting boxes for owls, tits and kestrels too. On the nature trail there are wildflower meadows with Green winged orchid, knapweeds, white ox-eye daisies and pink devils bit.

There’s also the Blagdon Pumping Station and Visitor Centre with science and environment exhibits, a picnic area and views of the impressive dam.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Chew Valley Lake for more waterside trails. The Two Rivers Way walking route runs just past the lake so you could also pick this up.

Blagdon Lake  5 miles. Courtesy of Christopher Somerville, travel writer.

Bleadon  Discover the breathtaking views around Bleadon across the levels and out to the channel.  About 3.5 miles.

Brean Down. 3 miles. (The Guardian).

Brean Down Way a new cycle and walking path linking Weston-Super-Mare and Uphill, via Walborough and Bleadon Levels Nature Reserves, across to Brean opened in July 2017. 

Brent Knoll, 1.25 miles but very steep!

Burrington Ham – pack a picnic and enjoy wide-ranging views across the Mendips during this circular walk on Burrington Ham.  Approx. 3 miles.

Churchill – the village sits beneath the Mendip Hills, is a traditional English village which Sir Winston Churchill said was exactly what Britain should be fighting for during the Second World War. And he should know – Churchill’s ancestors lived in the village 300 years ago. Just under 5 miles.

Claverham – a country walk around Claverham, a pretty village nestled in the North Somerset levels near Yatton.  This short, accessible route around the village passes fields and farms along the quiet country lanes.  See page 24. of North Somerset Life. 2.7 miles.

Clevedon – Poets’ Walk. Poets’ Walk, owned by North Somerset Council, is a Local Nature Reserve in Clevedon. Situated on the coast with magnificent views, it consists of Church Hill and Wain’s Hill, the latter being the site of an Iron Age hill fort – a Scheduled Monument under the protection of English Heritage. Map.

Clevedon and Walton Down. Courtesy of Christopher Somerville, travel writer.

Walk or ride around Clevedon’s iconic film and tv locations.

Historic pier and parks in Clevedon. Step back in time, smell the sea air, and visit unique shops in this accessible, urban walk around historic Clevedon (courtesy of Clevedon Civic Society). Approx. 1.2 miles.

Over Crook Peak and Wavering Down (AA walks). 6 miles.

Congresbury.  The long distance Two Rivers Way walk starts at Congresbury Bridge on the River Yeo, going across Somerset to Keynsham on the River Avon. The walk passes through Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Compton Dando and Pensford with sections along the River Yeo and River Chew to enjoy. Other highlights on the route include the Stanton Drew Stones which include the Great Circle – the second largest stone circle in Britain (after Avebury). You’ll also pass the lovely Chew Valley Lake which has delightful nature trails and a variety of wildlife.

Dolebury Warren (AA Walks). 5.2 miles.

Wild garlic in the woods either side of footpath Image Liz Milner
Wild garlic in the woods

Explore Failand’s wonderful wet woodland.  Walk featured in the December issue of North Somerset Life. 2.5 miles.  Or try a different 4 mile route around Failand.

Goblin Combe and Corporation Woods (AA walks). 5.2 miles.

Gordano Round, 25 miles.  This figure of eight walk takes you on a tour of the coast, countryside, woodland and villages around Portishead in Somerset. You start in the town centre of Portishead and soon join the splendid coastal path along the Severn Estuary which takes you past Walton, Charlcombe, Ladye and Margaret’s Bay. At Cleveland the route then heads inland through some delightful countryside, passing through the pretty village of Clapton in Gordano before returning to Portishead. The walk was devised by the Gordano Footpath Group and is waymarked with their symbols throughout.

Gordano – glorious Gordano views.  This short, circular walk around Clapton-in-Gordano gives stunning views across the Gordano Valley.

Hutton woodlands, wild meadows, steep climbs and scenic strolls, this circular walk has
it all. Around 2 miles.

Kewstoke, Sand Point and Middle Hope.  Walk details courtesy of Ruth’s Coastal Walk UK.

Walks around Leigh Woods, nr Bristol. National Trust. Also seasonal events and activities, cycling routes and exhibitions.

Find the Festival Way in Long Ashton, complete this flat, circular walk by foot or on bike to take in Long Ashton’s history and discover a new route into Bristol. From here, you could also join the Long Ashton village round, if you want to stretch your legs through fields.

Loxton – enjoy stunning views from Bleadon Hill and take a stroll down to the picturesque village of Loxton during this circular walk near North Somerset’s southern border. Look out for rabbits, squirrels and horses along the bridleway.  Approx. 4 miles.

Lower Langford. Stretch your legs by walking up these hilly paths to enjoy views for miles around. Just over 3 miles.

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Downloadable walks in the Mendip Hills.

Walk and Wheel around Nailsea and Wraxall a short 2.5 mile route, mainly flat and easy.

Pill . The 25 mile long River Avon Trail starts in Pill and goes all the way to Bath, via Bristol. Travel along the River Avon from Pill to Bath via Bristol on this delightful trail You start off in the village of Pill, near the mouth of the river, and head to Bristol through the stunning Avon Gorge. You will pass through the lovely Leigh Woods with its woodland, plant life and wildlife on this section. The path then continues through the interesting city of Bristol and then on towards Keynsham where the river is particularly picturesque. You will then pass through the splendid Avon Valley Country Park which has a number of attractions for children. The final stretch then takes you into the historic city of Bath where you finish on the iconic Pulteney Bridge.

Bristol to Pill, 7 mile walk with plenty of historic interest.  (Blog by Phil and Midge).

Portishead to Pill, River Avon. Walk courtesy of Ruth’s Coastal Walk (UK).

Portishead to Clevedon coast path (7.5 miles).

Portishead Marina, 1 mile. Featured in the Weston Mercury’s top 10 North Somerset walks list. Don’t miss the sculpture trail around the marina area.

Pathways through Puxton Moor, around 5 miles.  Restored footbridges and pedestrian gates have opened up the moor between Congresbury and Puxton to walkers for the first time in years.

Rickford, 3.8 mile walk, mixed terrain, featuring spectacular views across the Wrington Vale.

Sand Bay pathways to the Priory. Cross the rhynes and fields of low-lying North Somerset to see a medieval monastery up close. This 6 mile circular route is just a couple of miles away from busy Weston-Super-Mare.

Stroll around SandfordThis easy-to-follow route takes you through Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – around Sandford and Lyncombe woods, in and out of woodland and pasture and over a variety of terrains with excellent views across to Clevedon and down to Crook Peak. Good stout shoes and long trousers are needed, as well as looking where you put your feet. There are also quite a few stiles to cross.  3.5 miles.

Severn Estuary, approx. 3 miles.  

Tickenham – a 2.7 mile Sunday afternoon stroll, as listed in North Somerset Life walks.

Uphill. The 30 mile long West Mendip Way walk takes you through the beautiful Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Wells to Uphill. You start in Wells by the impressive cathedral and head west towards Cheddar passing the show caves and paper mill at Wookey Hole and then onto the spectacular Cheddar Gorge-voted the second greatest natural wonder in Britain. The route continues through the lovely countryside at Compton Bishop before finishing by the wharf at Uphill on Weston Bay.

Uphill boatyard, beach and donkey field. 2 miles. Featured in the Weston Mercury’s top 10 North Somerset walks list. 

Exploring the tidal trail around Uphill is one of the North Somerset Life featured walks. Take a tour through saltmarshes and open grasslands just south of Uphill to see some award winning nature reserves. Easy walk, mostly flat, about 2.5 miles.

Weston Woods, Weston-super-Mare. Situated on the hillside above the town, the 130-hectares of woodland is great for hikers who want to explore steep hills but it also caters for all with its gravel path which was built to cater for parents with pushchairs or wheelchair users. Featured in the Weston Mercury’s top 10 North Somerset walks list.

Highbridge to Weston-super-Mare. 20 miles.

Sand Point, Weston-super-Mare. Featured in the Weston Mercury’s top 10 North Somerset walks list. 

Worle and Worlebury – take a peaceful stroll around the edges of Worle Hill, through the beautiful grounds of Worlebury Golf Course to see stunning views of Clevedon, Sand Bay and North Somerset. About 2 miles.

Gems of Weston walk Final 2018 – A walk that aims to highlight some of the wonderful buildings in the town and encourages you to ‘look up’ to enjoy the architectural gems in Weston.  4.4 miles.

John Harris, Walking in England – walk around Weston.

Winscombe – the Strawberry Line is a hugely popular walk and cycle path running along the disused railway from Yatton to Cheddar. Before joining the route, take a tour around the Winscombe countryside for views far and wide.

Wrington to Redhill – a 5 mile walk take in the views and enjoy the countryside between the two picturesque villages of Wrington and Redhill, nestled in central North Somerset.

Yatton – Shepton Mallett, via the Strawberry Line.  Long distance path starting at Yatton station.

 

WALKING GROUPS, ORGANISATIONS AND CONTACTS

Local Walking groups in North Somerset (003)

Walking for Health – https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/north-somerset-walking-for-health

Walking for Health Group, Winscombe

Clevedon Ramblers: http://www.somersetramblers.org.uk

Congresbury Footpath Group: http://www.congresbury-somerset.org

Gordano Footpath Group: http://gordano-footpath-group.org.uk

Nailsea and District Footpath group: Gordon Bennett 01275 810067 or Maureen Brake 01275 858400

Weston Walking Group: Mike Bass, 01934 820219

Woodspring Ramblers: http://www.somersetramblers.org.uk/

Yatton Ramblers: https://yattonramblers.wordpress.com/

Nordic walking – Nordic Walking will give you a fantastic workout for the whole body. It can burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles; tone your legs, buttocks, chest, shoulders and particularly the backs of your arms!; release tension in the neck and shoulders; improve your posture and gait; improve the condition of your abdominals which provide core stability; reduces the impact on joints; and because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.