Released: August 2015 (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Sue Robinson
Written by Sue Robinson, Walks for all Ages Somerset features 19 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 19 Circular Walks in Somerset is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Walk 01. Lorna Doone Valley
Walk 02. Dunster Castle
Walk 03. East Quantoxhead / Kilve
Walk 04. Taunton / River Tone
Walk 05. Bridgwater Canal
Walk 06. Glastonbury Tor
Walk 07. Axbridge
Walk 08. Brean Down
Walk 09. Clevedon Poet’s Walk
Walk 10. Bath
Walk 11. Freshford
Walk 12. Stanton Drew Standing Stones
Walk 13. Chew Valley
Walk 14. Mells Great Elm
Walk 15. Nunney Castle
Walk 16. Wells
Walk 17. Wookey Hole
Walk 18. King Alfred’s Tower
Walk 19. Martock
Somerset is a county of contrasts and has three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the Quantocks, the Mendips and the Blackdowns. Two-thirds of the National Park of Exmoor is located in the county and it offers the visitor wonderful scenery of the moors, the river valleys and the beautiful coastline.
Somerset gets its name because of the varied landscape, and was known as “the land of the summer people”. Prehistoric farmers worked on the hills during the winter and grazed their animals on the lush grass on the Levels during the summer. The wetlands of the Somerset Levels, which are predominantly below sea level and are subject to flooding, are rich in flora and fauna, and in the winter are visited by many wading birds.
The coastline offers everything from cliff-top walks to miles of sandy beaches and offshore islands. The Bristol Channel has the second highest tidal rise in the world. There are small coastal villages as well as Victorian resort towns with elegant piers. There are also a number of holiday parks and resorts along the coastline which many visitors enjoy.
Taunton is the largest town in Somerset and is the administrative centre for the county. Many of the towns are steeped in history. The Romans traded in lead, which they found in the Mendip Hills, developing the city of Bath as a famous spa resort. Many of the smaller towns were established on the cloth and wool industry in medieval times. There are many ruined castles to be found and impressive early manor houses, together with the well-known Georgian buildings of Bath. Somerset is a very pleasant place and there is always something more to discover.