Somerset offers everything a walker could wish for! Follow the exciting footpaths and lanes described in these books to explore this magic county's richly varied countryside and I am sure you will agree.

The dramatic coastline rises to over 1,000 feet, the highest cliffs in England. Five ranges of hills, the Mendips, the Quantocks, the Poldens, the Blackdowns and the Brendons provide wonderful walking and spectacular views. A great plain known as The Levels - one of Europe’s most important wetlands - forms the heart of the county.

In the west Somerset can claim a very different landscape as most of Exmoor, still a wilderness of heather-covered uplands and deep leafy combes, lies within its bounds. Wildlife flourishes on the Somerset hills and Exmoor and the Quantocks are famous for their ponies and herds of red deer. But Somerset was always a predominantly farming county and still is today. The most fertile area is the Vale of Taunton. From the hills you can look down on this lovely vale dotted with small towns, scattered villages and apple orchards – a world of cider and cream!

Romance, history and legend are so closely linked in Somerset that it is sometimes impossible to disentangle them! One of the most exciting walks takes you to Cadbury hill fort. Its mighty ramparts guarded the headquarters of a 5th century warrior chieftain. Was this Arthur? Another walk crosses the Levels to the Isle of Athelney where King Alfred sought refuge from the Danes. There much more to discover in this magical county!

All the walks are circular and the directions are accompanied with maps. I have chosen the pubs carefully for their special character, warm welcome and good food and drink. Opening times and telephone numbers are included in the pub details. In the more remote areas many are small family-run houses so it is wise to contact them beforehand if you intend a group visit.

In the quantock Hill, Somerset
In the Quantock Hills
Ridge Path in the Quantocks
Ridge Path in the Quantocks
View of the Somerset  Levels from Ebbor Gorge
View of the Levels from Ebbor Gorge
Just a few of the places you can visit on these walks