The countryside in Somerset is one of it’s best features. When you’re on a family trip however, especially if you have very young children in buggies, it can be a little harder to get out into the rolling hills and tranquil forests. That’s why we’ve put together this list of five of the best family-friendly walks in Somerset, from buggy and wheelchair accessible paved routes, to shortcuts to the top of Glastonbury Tor – you’re sure to find a great addition to your next visit to Somerset.
Grebe Trail at Chew Valley Lake
Chew Valley Lake is one of Somerset’s many nature reserves and is home to over 270 different varieties of bird. Developed in partnership between the Avon Wildlife Trust and Bristol Water, Chew Valley is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll.
While Chew Valley Lake offers a range of walking routes, the Grebe Trail is especially good for families with small children, buggies or wheelchairs. This 1.2 km circular trail takes you through beautiful woodland, is hard-surfaced and suitable for all weather conditions. Be sure you keep your eyes peeled for one of the many types of wildlife that call the area home.
The Strawberry Line
Once a railway line serving the Cheddar Valley, the Strawberry Line is now a charity managed path and nature reserve. Currently running between Yatton and Cheddar, the line is continually looking to expand and provides a thirty-mile network of traffic-free walking and cycling paths between Clevedon and Shepton Mallet.
Any section of the ten-mile stretch between Yatton and Cheddar Gorge offers a great opportunity for a family walk. This hard-paved route winds through stunning natural landscapes and ancient settlements. The path is completely pushchair and wheelchair accessible, offering the whole family the chance to explore orchards, wetlands, tunnels and more on this incredible route.
The mysterious Glastonbury Tor is one of Somerset’s most well-known landmarks and is a great place for a short family walk. Starting from Glastonbury Abbey, catch the Tor bus to the northern side of the hill. The northern side, while not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, is a far easier climb and even the littlest legs should be able to reach the top in just ten minutes! The top of the hill provides fantastic views of Glastonbury as well as the Tor itself. When you’re done, simply hop back on the bus back to the Abbey car park, it’s that easy.
Burnham-on-Sea Coastal Walk and Apex Park
If you’re looking to stretch your legs in Burnham-on-Sea, then this simple walk along the coastline is the ideal solution. Starting at St. Andrews Church, simply head south along the Esplanade while taking in that sea air.
The coast path is paved which makes it perfect for buggies and wheelchair users. If you want to go even further, you can extend the walk into the Blue Estuary which will lead you into Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park, though this surface is a little less even and harder to traverse.
Brean Down Circular
While not suitable for wheelchairs or very young children, the three-mile Brean Down Circular offers fantastic views, a touch of history and lots of opportunities for the kids to run around and explore. Starting at the Cove Cafe in Brean, this route takes you up some steps onto Brean Down itself. From there you’ll walk along the coastline, taking in the awe-inspiring views of the sea below.
This walk isn’t just about the view however. Along the way, you’ll come across Brean Down Fort, which was used as a weapon testing facility during World War 2. On the back end of the route, you’ll also reach the site of an Iron Age hill fort and the site of a 4th century Romano-Celtic temple before returning to the Cove Cafe.
If you’re thinking about a family holiday to Somerset this year, why not check out Lakeside Holiday Park? Located in the coastal town of Burnham-on-Sea and offering on-site fishing and entertainment, Lakeside is a great place to start your Somerset adventure. To learn more, visit the Lakeside Holiday Park website.