The following information is pulled from an article from The Times website labelled the 20 Best Winter Walks. In it, a walk near us is listed as number 2 on the list, which we’ve provided details of below:

How hard is it?

71⁄2 miles, moderate with some ups and downs

Three steep climbs will help you to walk off a bit of the Christmas pudding in the skirts of the Quantock Hills. From the cosy Rising Sun at West Bagborough you climb steeply up Lydeard Hill, slope down to deep sunk farms and up across Gib Hill, then drop down through the woods and up again to Cothelstone Hill and a giant view: the Blackdowns, Quantocks and Exmoor; the Blackdowns and Mendips; Wales and the Severn Estuary.


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Rising Sun Inn, West Bagborough, TA4 3EF (OS ref ST 171334)

The walk Up lane beside Rising Sun pub to Lydeard Hill, then east via Bishpool Farm (197342) to Lambridge Farm (201338). Southwest across Gib Hill and Cothelstone Hill (190327). Southeast down to corner of wood (193324), then take bridleway southwest through Paradise Wood to Cothelstone. Take field path northwest through Cothelstone Park. Cross road (175322), then half right to road (174326). Up road for 350m, then left (175329, “bridleway”) to road (171331) and West Bagborough.


Rising Sun Inn, West Bagborough (01823 432575,

Getting there

West Bagborough is signed from A358 Taunton-Williton road between Combe Florey and Crowcombe.

More information Taunton Tourist Information Centre (01823 336344)