Gentle, flat walks, accessible to all
Around us on the farm we have lots of walking opportunities but at times they're not what you want or need. Whether it's beginner cyclists, babes in buggies, or a wheelchair in your group, sometimes you need an easy, flat, gentle walk, accessible for all. Here are a few suggestions.
One of the closest is Wellington Park, TA21 8NG. A beautiful Victorian Municipal park established at the beginning of the last century. With freshly tarmacked wide paths they make for very easy access and the gardens are a delight.
Wellington Monument, TA21 9PB, is an obvious draw as it is the landmark so clearly seen from miles around. It's the tallest triangular obelisk in the world, completed in the mid 19th Century. There is a large car park just off the road and a 10-minute tree-lined walk along a wide, hard, level path leading to the Monument's base.
Our local canal, running from Greenham to Tiverton. Originally part of an ambitious dream to create the Grand Western Canal, linking the Bristol and English Channels which sadly ended abruptly due to the arrival of the railways. What remains locally provides us with an 11 mile level, hard, picturesque towpath walk with historical and wildlife interest. There are plenty of access points along the way but our recommendation is to start in the village of Burlescombe (Fossend Bridge EX16 7JQ) where there is parking and the choice to walk in either direction.
Staple Hill Viewpoint Walk on the Blackdown Hills, TA20 3RA, 14 miles from TCB. A beautiful 1km trail through Forestry Commission Land. Built to the "Access for All" standards with rewarding views over Taunton Vale and the rolling hills of the Quantocks and Mendips in the distance.
We can add endlessly to these suggestions based on our own personal experience, Wimbleball Lake, Clatworthy reservoir and Dunster Tall Trees Trail, to name a few but there are plenty more. If you would like to know more please just ask.