Ready to ramble? There are collections of walks around Chard, Hemyock, Stockland and Upottery, walks in the north eastern and south western Blackdown Hills. For guided walks take a look in our events calendar.

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15 Walking routes found in the Blackdown HIlls AONB

Chard to Chaffcombe

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Medium Difficulty. Distance Distance: 4 miles (6.5 km)
An easy-to-follow walk through some attractive and interesting countryside. There is one hill to climb, but the subsequent view is outstanding. The route starts from the nature reserve car park at the end of Oaklands Road. One of six circular walks in and around Chard - walk 1

An easy-to-follow walk through some attractive and interesting countryside. There is one hill to climb, but the subsequent view is outstanding. The route starts from the nature reserve car park at the end of Oaklands Road.

Grid reference: ST337094

Nearest postcode: TA20 1HU

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Chard to Wambrook

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 5 miles (8 km)
A constantly undulating walk through typical Blackdown Hills scenery. Most of the route is on footpaths and bridalways, with small sections of quiet lanes. One of six circular walks in and around Chard - walk 2

A constantly undulating walk through typical Blackdown Hills scenery. Most of the route is on footpaths and bridalways, with small sections of quiet lanes.

One of six circular walks in and around Chard – walk 2

Grid reference: ST326087

Nearest postcode: TA20 1EP

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Chard to Nimmer

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 5.5 miles (8.5 km)
This route is fairly flat throughout and features a pleasant combination of town and country. One of six circular walks in and around Chard - walk 3  

This route is fairly flat throughout and features a pleasant combination of town and country.

One of six circular walks in and around Chard – walk 3

Grid reference: ST 326 087

Nearest postcode: TA20 1EP

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Combe St Nicholas to Whitestaunton

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Hard Difficulty. Distance 6.75 miles (11 kilometres)
This triangular route, is reasonably demanding, but rewards the walker from start to finish with a range of delightful scenery and some superb wide views. Starts and ends at Combe St Nicholas. One of six circular walks in and around Chard - walk 4

This triangular route, is reasonably demanding, but rewards the walker from start to finish with a range of delightful scenery and some superb wide views. Starts and ends at Combe St Nicholas.

One of six circular walks in and around Chard – walk 4

Grid reference: ST303114

Nearest postcode: TA20 3NF

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Chard to Combe St Nicholas

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 7.5 miles (12 km)
Please do not be put off by the length of this walk. It is an absolute pleasure, combining many footpaths and quiet lanes. The scenery and surroundings are attractive throughout and the hilly sections are not too demanding. The route is described from the starting point of Chard Museum. One of six circular walks in and around Chard - walk 5

Please do not be put off by the length of this walk. It is an absolute pleasure, combining many footpaths and quiet lanes. The scenery and surroundings are attractive throughout and the hilly sections are not too demanding. The route is described from the starting point of Chard Museum.

One of six circular walks in and around Chard – walk 5

Grid reference: ST319085

Nearest postcode: TA20 1QW

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Chard to Chardstock

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometres)
The walk to Chardstock is delightful and contains a wide variety of scenery. The return, on quiet lanes, provides good views in all directions. The route is described from the starting point of St Mary's Church, Chard. One of six circular walks in and around Chard - walk 6

The walk to Chardstock is delightful and contains a wide variety of scenery. The return, on quiet lanes, provides good views in all directions.

The route is described from the starting point of St Mary’s Church, Chard.

One of six circular walks in and around Chard – walk 6

Grid reference: ST 324 083

Nearest postcode: TA20 2AS

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Hemyock to Culmstock Beacon

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 11km (7 miles), or shorter option 7km (4.5 miles)
From the edge of Hemyock, through Culm Davey and Blackdown Common, on to Culmstock Beacon and back. The best part of the walk is from Whitehall. One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 1

Starting from Millhayes as described, this walk is about 11km (7 miles) long. The walk is from the edge of Hemyock, through Culm Davey and Blackdown Common, on to Culmstock Beacon and back. The best part of the walk is from Whitehall; if you start from here, the walk is just over 7km (4.5 miles). There is a place to park cars on Withy Lane about 0.5km west of Whitehall.

One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 1

Grid reference: ST139139

Nearest postcode:  EX15 3SJ

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Hemyock to Wellington Monument

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Hard Difficulty. Distance 9km (5.5 miles)
A strenuous 9km (5.5 mile) walk, well rewarded with lovely views of the Culm Valley looking west and spectacular views of the Quantocks and beyond from the Wellington Monument. One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 2

A strenuous 9km (5.5 mile) walk, well rewarded with lovely views of the Culm Valley looking west and spectacular views of the Quantocks and beyond from the Wellington Monument.

One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 2

Grid reference: ST139139

Nearest postcode: EX15 3SL

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Hemyock to Ashculme and Clayhidon

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Easy Difficulty. Distance 7.5 km (4.5 miles)

A fairly gentle 7.5 km (4.5 mile) walk along quiet lanes and tracks, with an opportunity to visit a nature reserve and a pub.

One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 3

A fairly gentle 7.5 km (4.5 mile) walk along quiet lanes and tracks, with an opportunity to visit a nature reserve and a pub.

One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 3

Grid reference: ST139139

Nearest postcode: EX15 3SL

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Hemyock, Madford Valley and Dunkeswell Abbey ruins

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 6.5 km (4 miles)
A 6.5 km (4 mile) walk with lovely views of the secluded Madford Valley and a visit to the ruins of a Cistercian abbey. One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 4

A 6.5 km (4 mile) walk with lovely views of the secluded Madford Valley and a visit to the ruins of a Cistercian abbey.

One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 4

Grid reference: ST137132

Nearest postcode: EX15 3RF

 

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Hemyock to Owleycombe

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Easy Difficulty. Distance 4.5 km (3 miles)
A fairly gentle 4.5 km (3 mile) walk with lovely views across to Culmstock Beacon and beyond. This walk can be linked to the Hemyock to Culm Valley route (walk 6) to give a combined length of 7km (4.5 miles). One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 5

A fairly gentle 4.5 km (3 mile) walk with lovely views across to Culmstock Beacon and beyond. This walk can be linked to the Hemyock to Culm Valley route (walk 6) to give a combined length of 7km (4.5 miles). One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 5

Grid reference: ST137132

Postcode: EX15 3RF

 

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Hemyock and along the Culm Valley

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Easy Difficulty. Distance 4.5 km (3 miles)
A gentle 4.5 km (3 mile) walk crossing several braids of the river Culm. This walk can be linked to the Hemyock to Owleycombe route (walk 5). One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 6

A gentle 4.5 km (3 mile) walk crossing several braids of the river Culm. This walk can be linked to the Hemyock to Owleycombe route (walk 5).

One of six circular walks in and around Hemyock- walk 6

Grid reference: ST127128

Nearest postcode: EX15 3RS

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Godford Cross to a place that belongs to Canada!

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Medium Difficulty. Distance Distance: 6 miles (10 km)
Setting off from Godford Cross, just west of Awliscombe, along a picturesque valley road. Climb into the hills to enjoy the views before returning on a scenic bridle path. One of a series of six walks in the south western Blackdown Hills – Walk 1

This walk starts in a lovely valley road and climbs into the hills, before returning on a scenic bridle path.

Enjoy delightful views across to Hembury Hillfort and you can pay a visit to Wolford Chapel along the way.

Wolford Chapel, burial place of John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, was donated to the people of Ontario in 1966.  Within the Chapel there area fine examples of Jacobean workmanship.

Park just off the A373 at Godford cross, just west of Awliscombe.

One of a series of six walks in the south western Blackdown Hills – Walk 1

Grid reference: ST131023

Nearest postcode: EX14 3PP

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Blackborough – following the footsteps of the whetstone miners

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 5 miles (8 km)
A lovely varied walk passing the site of some of the whetstone mines and a chapel where many miners worshipped. There are two steady uphill sections and some superb views.

A lovely varied walk passing the site of some of the whetstone mines and a chapel where many miners worshipped. There are two steady uphill sections and some superb views.

Park at the northern end of Blackborough in the wide area of road along the wall of the former churchyard.

One of a series of six walks in the south western Blackdown Hills – Walk 2

Grid reference: ST095093

Nearest postcode: EX15 2HJ

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Broadhembury and North Hill

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Medium Difficulty. Distance 4.5 miles (7 km)
A superb walk with magnificent views and the special atmosphere of this picturesque village. Starts with a climb, then a flat section and finally a good downhill stretch.

A superb walk with magnificent views and the special atmosphere of the picturesque village of Broadhembury. Starts with a climb, then a flat section and finally a good downhill stretch.

Broadhembury is a well-preserved medieval estate village dating from the 13th century, although most of the existing houses date from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The village has changed very little over the centuries.

St Andrews, Broadhembury’s parish church, was consecrated in 1259. It has a tower dating from 1480. Church Gate is probably the oldest house. It is time it served as the priest’s house, a poor house, a reading room and a schoolroom. There is also an Art Nouveau house, opposite the church, which was built at the turn of the 20th century.

The walk will take you from Broadhembury up North Hill to the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club field, with a chance to enjoy views across to Hembury Hillfort and back towards the village.

Refreshments are available at The Drewe Arms and the local shop and tea room in the old vicarage.

Parking in the village centre.

One of a series of six walks in the south western Blackdown Hills – Walk 3

Grid reference: ST101048

Nearest postcode: EX14 3ND

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