Walks in Somerset

Visit the Somerset wetlands and see the amazing sight of millions of starlings roosting. Winter is an especially good time to see this phenomenon and the starlings put on a stunning aerial display at dusk before settling in for the night in the reed beds.

There are a number of recommended places to view them but call Avalon Marshes Starling Hotline on 07866 554 142 for up to date information on the best site as it does vary from day to day.

Avalon Marshes is an amazing landscape, full of wildlife and history.  It’s a great place to explore, with some of Britain’s best wetland nature reserves as well as fascinating historic towns and villages.  It’s a peaceful landscape, loved for its wide skies and wonderful views across the marshes to Glastonbury Tor.  Find out more at www.avalonmarshes.org

HOT FUZZ was filmed in Wells in May 2006 and fans of the film can visit the village of Sandford scene of the Hot Fuzz action! The main action happened at the Castle (Bishop’s Palace), St Cuthberts church yard, Wells market place, the Swan hotel and Somerfields and you can enjoy a 20 minute walk into Wells through Bishop Field.  This paved pathway offers stunning views of Glastonbury Tor and the surrounding countryside.  

More recently, scenes from Wolf Hall (Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance) and The Hollow Crown (Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench) were filmed in Wells, with Vicars’ Close,  St Andrew Street next to the medieval cathedral, and the Cathedral itself featured.

Wells Walking Tours offer a wide range of interesting walks in and around Wells.  Themed walks including ghost walks, Hott Fuzz walks and TV and film walks (among others) are available as well as countryside rambles.  The ghost walk is especially good on Halloween!

We’ve enjoyed some fabulous spring weather here in Dulcote over the past couple of weeks with many of our guests enjoying the Quantocks over the Easter period.  After reading of some great Easter walks in The Times at the weekend, I decided to do a little research and found a great website.  I’ve provided the link below but as well as the levels and the Mendips, there is much more including canal and river walks as well as activitie for those who like a little more strenuous exercise.