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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.

Blagdon – Blagdon Hill, Feltham and Adcombe Wood.  5 miles. Walk courtesy of Blackdown Hills AONB.

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 Hill and Loxton. 4 miles. (Mendip Hills AONB).

Brean Down. 3 miles. (The Guardian).

Brent Knoll, 1.25 miles but very steep!

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

John Harris, Walking in England – walk around Weston.

Worle walk: Huckers Bow salt marsh walk (National Trust).

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

 

WALKING GROUPS, ORGANISATIONS AND CONTACTS

Go for Life Team –  Active Directory

Local Walking Groups in North Somerset

Walking for Health – Somerset Strollers

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.