The River Parrett Trail

Overview

The River Parrett Trail is a scenic 50 mile walk that can be enjoyed over three to four days or as a series of shorter walks exploring some of lowland England’s most beautiful, intriguing but also fragile countryside. 

Discover the gentle hills of Dorset and Somerset borders and across the wetlands of the Somerset Levels and Moors.  It is also a fascinating journey through orchards, woods, withy beds and the watery haunts of birds and fishermen; passing limestone cottages, Georgian terraces, elegant mediaeval churches, and the elaborate pattern of rhynes and water courses of the lowland.

Trail highlights include Ham Hill Country Park – the site of one of Europe’s largest Iron Age hill forts –Burrow Mump and Athelney –  where the Saxon King Alfred found a refuge from the Vikings – and Steart Marshes – a wild, wetland landscape for the future that helps people and wildlife adapt to climate change.

Walking routes & videos

Scroll to the routes and maps section at the bottom of this page to download the free walking section route guidance as well as useful videos for hints and tips. The route descriptions have all been recently updated and are being continuously looked after on the ground by Somerset County Council, South Somerset District Council, local parish councils and a tireless team of volunteers throughout Somerset, to whom we are extremely grateful.

Looking for places to stay? 

You may wish to stay in one or a few places along the trail.  Go to our STAY section of the website and click the map view. This is a great way to view the area, see some of the places to stay and where to eat and drink all at once. Our free Things to Do Guide also has a great selection of places to visit and food and drink options. 

Travelling around the area...

South Somerset and the wider Somerset area offers great public transport links; for the latest information and useful links, please visit the Directions section in Visitor Information on this page.

Trail highlights...

Kick back and enjoy this short film that captures some of the wonders of the trail to discover. We are thrilled to have worked with one of the UK's nationally acclaimed folk artists and Somerset resident, Kitty Macfarlane, whose song Man Friendship is the perfect soundtrack for the trail's wild and natural beauty.  

Connect & Share your River Parrett Trail walk, pictures and experience with us on our channels Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags:  

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The River Parrett Trail, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA10

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The River Parrett Trail

The River Parrett Trail Routes And Maps

Routes And Maps

Download your free River Parrett Trail route guidance

Discover the trail in bite-size sections; take your time to savour the incredible landscapes, history, heritage, nature and wildlife. 

River Parrett Trail Sections 1 - 6

 

Short Section Films and Trail Tips by Dot Walford

Dot Walford's passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for The River Parrett Trail is infectious! Dot is now both a retired Blue Badge Guide and qualified Hill Walking Leader. With 20 years of experience, she has navigated with groups in the Welsh Mountains and on Dartmoor, and has walked in the Pyrenees. 

Introduction to the River Parrett Trail by Dot Walford

                      

Chedington to Merriott, Section 1

Merriott to Ham Hill, Section 2

Section 3 - no film, refer to PDF route guidance as this is an alternative option on the trail. 

Ham Hill to Langport, Section 4 

Langport to Bridgwater, Section 5

Bridgwater to Stert Point, Section 6

Dot has recently recorded her knowledge and memories in her book Somerset’s 50 mile Parrett Trail, available to buy in various local outlets including our South Somerset Visitor Information Centre & Gift Shop at Cartgate Picnic Site

For more information about Dot and to purchase her book, please email: westcountrywalkingtrails@btinternet.com

 

 

All you need to know to enjoy your visit

Visitor Information

Leaflets, Maps & Information

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The River Parrett Trail

Somerset's 50 mile walking route, from source to sea.

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Pedalling the Scenic Route

Five circular cycle rides across the South Somerset Moors.

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Langport Town Leaflet

Useful information for visiting Langport on the Somerset Levels.

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Ham Hill Country Park Leaflet

A handy overview and information about Ham Hill.

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Ham Hill Easy Access Trail

Accessibility Trail for Ham Hill Country Park

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