Easy difficulty. Distance 1.5 miles
This striking monument stands as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington and his victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Standing at 175 feet, it is the world’s tallest three-sided obelisk! The Monument is surrounded by a wildlife-rich meadow. On fine days there is ample space around the Monument to enjoy a picnic or fly a kite.
There are several ways in which you can walk to and around the Wellington Monument, shown on our downloadable map:
Easy: 1 mile (1.6km)
Walk from the car park to the Monument and back, along the level gravel pathway lined with beech trees.
The complete walk is approximately 15 minutes each way. At the end, you’re rewarded with a view of this impressive monument.
There is the occasional bump or dip in the path but no steps, styles or steep gradients.
There are around 30 parking spaces close to the start of the walk.
Slightly more challenging: 2 miles (3.2 km)
At the Monument, take the steps down to the right, loop round anti-clockwise through the woods, and climb the steep slope back up.
Walk from Wellington town
Footpaths from Wellington town centre will take you all the way to the Monument via Wellington Castle Fields, a Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Please take care as you cross the A38.
The walk is particularly beautiful in the autumn, when the leaves turn all shades of brown, red and gold. Very windy days are best avoided as it can get quite blustery up by the Monument. In the winter, be aware that the path can get rather muddy.
The information boards are easy to read and include details of the Monument’s history and a map showing nearby walks.
Grid Reference: ST142167 | Nearest postcode: TA21 9PA