From the wilds of Exmoor in the west to the rolling, fertile fields in the south east, Somerset is gloriously beautiful and one of the reasons for coming here is to enjoy some lovely spring rambling or a bit of pedalling through the stunning scenery.
There are fantastic walks to be found throughout the whole of Somerset, through rolling green fields, over hills and down by the coast. There are five ranges of hills in the county so you don’t have to go far to find magnificent views. On the Somerset Levels and Moors keen eyed ramblers will be able to see the wildlife of the Wetlands. The Coleridge Way is a 36 mile walk (you can just do a bit!) through the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, which inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work (www.coleridgeway.co.uk). If you want sea views then you can find some great coastal walks, from short buggy-friendly strolls to proper leg stretching climbs, on the south west coast path (see www.southwestcoastpath.com). Probably the most memorable walk I’ve ever experienced with my children was in Somerset. We decided to tackle the Glastonbury Tor but made the mistake of taking our double buggy and attempting to ‘bump’ it up. It was a disaster; this is a backpack or sling walk with tinies.
However, the walk is well worth the effort of the climb when you get to the summit; the views are spectacular, only next time I’d do it better prepared!
There are some excellent cycle routes in Somerset which are ideal for cycling with little ones in seats or trailers behind, or with older siblings wobbling along at their own pace. Somerset’s country roads can be full of bends and high hedges so off road cycle paths and dedicated routes make a great, safe alternative to pottering on country lanes.
The Colliers Way offers a bit of a challenge if you really want to stretch those legs. You’ll find a 15.4 mile route in north Somerset along dedicated cycle paths and quiet country roads. There are clear maps and guidelines for doing this circular route at www.colliersway.co.uk.
The pretty village of Mells is a real highlight on this ride. If you’d prefer to be pedalling along by the water then try the Bridgewater and Taunton canal towpath (part of the National Cycle Route 3, Padstow to Bristol stretch).
A good place to pick up the path is at the Boat and Anchor at Huntworth, just north of the M5 Junction 24, near to Brigwater and you can go up to 15 miles each way (or turn around whenever you fancy). The Quantocks Ridge is great for views if you’re more of a mountain biker. If you’re in the Minehead area, Exmoor Cycle Hire shop has both bikes and suggested routes and maps for families (www.exmoorcyclehire.co.uk). Happy cycling!