The Great Outdoors in Somerset
BINCOMBE BEECHES TRAIL
The Nature Trail explores the Bincombe Hill area of Crewkerne, a prominent local landmark and beauty spot. Within easy walk of the town centre.
Cadbury Castle is an Ancient Monument, situated on private land. The site has no visitor facilities and will only suit those prepared to climb a steep, and sometimes muddy path.
CHARD. Car park is at the End of Oaklands Avenue, off the A30 Crewkerne Road (TA20 1HN)
Chard Reservoir has a diverse mixture of habitats, including open water, reed beds, meadows, and woodland with many different tree species. These attract a wide range of birds and other wildlife. There is a boardwalk which borders the reservoir, but it is not possible to walk the whole way around the water without using the road as some of the reservoir is privately owned. The paths are suitable for most wheelchairs and buggies, and there is a bird hide overlooking the reservoir with up-to-date bird records.
HAM HILL COUNTRY PARK
STOKE SUB HAMDON, TA14 6RW
164 hectare (390 acre) Country Park centred on an Iron Age hill fort, which is managed by South Somerset District Council. There is extensive free car parking on site and plenty of open hilly landscape to explore, as well as shady woodlands and interesting old quarry areas
HERNE HILL NATURE TRAIL
Interesting area of woodland hillside with a diversity of flora and fauna to enjoy.
MOLDRAMS GROUND NATURE RESERVE
A 4 acre local nature reserve near Pen Selwood with woodland, wet grassland, ponds, bird hide and bird feeding stations. Moldrams Ground was designated as a local nature reserve in 1987 and is now managed as an important habitat for wildlife.
NINESPRINGS/ YEOVIL COUNTRY PARK
Country Park Ranger: (01935) 462918
YEOVIL, BA20 1QZ
Attractive parkland with woodland valley, streams and lake. Beautiful area for wildlife and plant life. Within easy walk of town centre. Children's play area. You can explore Yeovil Country Park on a good network of paths. There is a cycleway along the old railway line and in Ninesprings there is an East Access Trail with gentler gradients, surfaced paths and wide kissing gates.
WEST SEDGEMOOR NATURE RESERVE RSPB
Open: All year. Free Admission. Car park is signposted just off the A378 Taunton to Langport road, one mile east of Fivehead between Curry Rivel and Fivehead. Guided winterwalks available – booking essential – please phone number above.
Leaflets available for most of these trails and walks at the Yeovil Heritage and Visitor Information Centre, Hendford, Yeovil. Tel: (01935) 845946/845947
Information also on website www.southsomerset.gov.uk/countryside