This circular walk is just under ten miles long and takes in one of the most stunning landscapes in Somerset. The walk starts at the point where the Mendip Hills roll into the Somerset Levels between the city of Wells and picturesque North Wootton. The first half of the walk follows The Monarch’s Way, which is a 615 mile footpath which traces the route used by King Charles II after his defeat by Cromwell in 1651, so it’s a historic trail to trudge as well as a beautiful one.
Look out for the Crossways pub along the way (close to North Wootton) as this is the only place to stop for a pint-sized pit stop. The walk starts at Wells Cathedral, and walkers should pass through Penniless Porch and head across the Market Place. Penniless Porch dates back to medieval times, so it’s an interesting place to start the walk.
This walk is a nice one for those keen to get off the beaten track and into some ‘real’ Somerset countryside during a stay nearby, and with a moderate grading it should be easy enough for experienced walkers to complete in one day. One of the walk’s highlights is the views it includes along the way, so walkers will need to take their cameras for this one.