Family Walks in The MendipsPublished:
We are so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, with lots of wonderful walks and spaces to explore nearby.
Below we've started to round up some local family-friendly walks, for you and your family to explore.
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Family walks in and around The Mendips
Ebbor Gorge has a beautiful limestone gorge you can clamber up, woodland, rocks, caves and grassland it is the perfect outdoor playground for your family. It was challenging for little legs (including mine) but very rewarding. There are 3 trails to choose from, one trail suitable for buggies and pushchairs. The information board at the (free) car park will show you which trail to follow.
There is a free car park at Blackmoor reserve where you can do an easy circular walk through woods, heathlands and old lead mining grounds. In the woods there is an area where you can build dens which keeps the children amused. There are also benches half way round to stop for a drink or a picnic.
Avalon Marshes is a vibrant, working landscape, celebrated for its rich Wildlife, Heritage and culture. It makes a great place to visit with your family so you can all enjoy the beautiful views and landscape.
Glastonbury Tor is an iconic local landmark that can be seen for miles and miles around. The walk up to the top does not take too long but is steep in parts, still it is well worth the walk for the view at the top.
Westhay Nature Reserve
Westhay Moor is part of the mystical Avalon Marshes within Somerset's historic Levels and Moors. It provides a home for many rare wildlife and a unique insight into thousands of years of shifting landscape, making it the perfect place to explore as a family. There is also many fantastic trails and walks that the whole family will enjoy.
Stockhill Wood is a beautiful coniferous woodland within the Mendip Hills Area of Natural Beauty renowned for it's nightjar and long-eared owl populations. There is no shortage of wildlife to see if you enjoy bird watching. They have a car park on site with a number of picnic benches as well as a fantastic circular easy access trail. Plus dogs are allowed so your furry friends can come too!
Apex Park is not simply a park, it is a leisure and wildlife park, a great place to visit for a walk, play or a trip to feed the ducks. There are accessible easy walks around the park and lakes which are suitable for toddling, buggies and wheelchairs.