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 written route instructions have been recently updated by experienced ramblers 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.  Please go to our FAQs on this page if you need to report a problem on the route. 

Depending on your level of experience with walking, we do advise to take the relevant OS Map with you to support the written route guidance instructions and section map overview.  

** IMPORTANT NOTICE OF CLOSURE/ DISRUPTION, Winter/ Spring 22/23 **

Please click here for the latest information about disruption to the trail. 

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:  

#RiverParrettTrail #visitsouthsomerset

Contact Details

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

** IMPORTANT NOTICE - Bridge Closure in Kingsbury Episcopi is expected to last till March 2023. **

Please click here for the latest information from Somerset County Council, including the alternative route.

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

Depending on your level of experience with walking, we do advise to take the relevant OS Map with you to support the written route guidance instructions and section map overview.  

For your convenience, you can download the whole of the trail as one leaflet with maps and guidance, or in individual sections. 

River Parrett Trail Sections 1 - 6

Section One     Section Two

Section three     Section four 

section five     section six

Important note, Section 5 (Langport to Bridgwater), between Stathe and Burrowbridge.

The Visit South Somerset route follows the east bank of the River Parrett from Stathe until Burrowbridge where it exits on to the road beside the King Alfred Inn and crosses the bridge before heading north on the west side of the river.

Note that the current editions of paper and mobile OS maps show a longer route which passes the Coates English Willow Baskets Visitor Centre. The trail leaves the River Parrett at the bridge near Stathe Farm and follows the road through Stoke St Gregory to Meare Green Court (Coates English Willow Baskets Visitor Centre) and then over Windmill Hill before following the River Tone and joining the road at Burrowbridge.

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 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 One

Merriott to Ham Hill, Section Two

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

Ham Hill to Langport, Section Four 

Langport to Bridgwater, Section Five

Bridgwater to Stert Point, Section Six

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

 

 

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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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