Have a read below about some of the many beautiful places in Somerset perfect for summer fun & picnics
RAMSCOMBE, GREAT WOOD Over Stowey Nether Stowey TA5 1HA
Great Wood is midway between Bridgwater and Williton, and this Forestry Commission woodland has fantastic opportunities for play and for family fun. It has everything - grassy spaces beside a shallow stream (ideal for paddling and making dams) and gentle slopes for the little ones to roll down, ample car parking, picnic tables, several brick barbecues, and toilets, including toilet facilities for disabled visitors
A perfect day out with lots to do! Gates are shut at 10pm.
HAM HILL, YEOVIL Stoke Sub Hamdon Yeovil TA14 6RW
Fantastic location, with plenty of free parking. Walk through meadows and woods, and, from the tower at the top of the hill, see glorious views of Somerset.
Definitely worth a visit.
BARRINGTON COURT Barrington, Ilminster TA19 0NQ
Free map is provided, with information relating to the history of the property and detailing points of interest, services and conveniences.
The grounds are attractive with garden displays, and the house has been restored. The Estate is extensive, with many recreational facilities to see, and open spaces for the young ones to run free
Good parking, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
THORNEY LAKES Thorney, Langport TA10 0DW
The lakes attract various wildlife visitors, including birds, rabbits, otters and more, which you may spot as you stroll along the two miles of nature trails - the Somerset Levels are ideal for walking. There is ample parking, a thatched shelter and disabled access.
BURROW MUMP Burrow Bridge, Taunton, Somerset TA7 0RB
A short climb - less than 25 metres - will give you spectacular views views from the Mump’s summit. You can see Glastonbury Torand Alfred’s isle of Athelney, and the river Parrett and river Tone.
Burrow Mump is in the village of Burrowbridge, between Taunton and Glastonbury on the A361. The free National Trust car park is at the foot of the hill.
COTHELSTONE HILL Cothelstone Hill, Taunton TA4 3DX
Cothelstone Hill (one of the best vantage points in Somerset) has a number of walking trails and picnic facilities, with terrific views of the Mendip and Brendon Hills, and the Somerset Levels. Check out the herd of Exmoor Ponies which graze on the hill.
HOLFORD GLEN Holford TA5 1RY
Some of you will remember the song (?!), and probably most of you will have heard it, but did you know that the video for Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I do) I do it for you” was partly filmed in Holford Glen!
Holford is a pretty little village on the edge of the Quantock Hills. With free parking in the village, lovely walks, and dog friendly places for refreshment, Holford Glen is a great place for a day out.
Believe it or not, the other location for the aforementioned video!!
Kilve is in the heart of the Quantocks, about halfway between Minehead and Bridgwater. The beach is rocky, but with plenty of pools to explore. A big plus is the large grass area behind the beach, ideal for games and picnics.
COOMBE HILL WOOD, Butleigh Wootten, Nr. Street, BA6 8TS
Coombe Hill Wood is 62 acres of beautiful woodland situated around 3 miles from Street, above and between Compton Dundon and Butleigh.
VIVARY PARK Upper High St, Taunton TA1 3PX
The perfect place to spend a few hours (or the day!), and ideal for those lovely picnics. With a large children’s play area, mini-golf, tennis courts and a bowling green, there is something for everyone - don’t forget the tree trail! Vivary Park is Taunton’s premium park, located just minutes away from the town centre. At 7.5 hectares, Vivary Park is the perfect place to go for a picnic, a stroll or to spend the day. Vivary Park is Taunton’s premium park, located just minutes away from the town centre.
Brean Down is a coastal peninsula almost 100 metres high, jutting out into the Bristol Channel. There are spectacular views to be had (please be careful) - the Bristol Channel, the Mendips, the Somerset Levels, the Quantocks and South Wales.
LYTES CARY MANOR nr Charlton Makcrell, Somerset, England, TA11 7HU
A manor house with truly beautiful gardens, the property also has a small cafe with indoor/outdoor seating, book store and shop, and all sorts of plants for sale
TARR STEPS Tarr Steps, Linscombe, Winsford, Dulverton TA22 9HL
Just 12 miles from the historic town of Dulverton, there are fantastic walks along the river and plenty of space for a picnic/bbq - or a visit to the pub located just beside the river.…. All in all, the perfect spot for a great day out with the family. Parking only £3 per day, public toilets.
You can gain beautiful views of the Mendips when walking along Velvet Bottom. With acres of greenery, banks & rocks to explore. You can park at one of the pulls ins at the side of the road, or alternatively a little further down at the Charterhouse centre. The nearest pub is the Castle of Comfort 4 miles away.
DEAR LEAP HERITAGE RESERVE
The views from this spot are absolutely beautiful. On a clear day you can see across to the Quantock hills. Access to the reserve is halfway between Wookey Hole village and Charterhouse and there is free parking.
APEX PARK Marine Dr, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 3YY
Gentle walks, a children’s play area, skate park and picnic tables - perfect for a family picnic - plus free parking.
LORNA DOONE VALLEY
The valley is beautiful from start to finish. You need to see it for yourself - stunning locations and views, and very peaceful. Excellent walks and lovely picnic spots.
This is a beautiful National Trust nature reserve in Broomfield, Somerset. A hidden gem in the heart of the quantock hills. Entry & parking are both free, there is a courtyard tea room on site and there is plenty for little ones to do including building dens, climbing trees & hunting for bugs.
BINCOMBE NATURE RESERVE
Within a few minutes walk of the centre of Crewkerne this nature reserve is a great spot for little ones to blow off some steam. It’s a beautiful area with woodland and open grassy areas perfect for picnics. Park in the town centre and from the market square follow the road at the back of the town hall.
Thank you for reading...have a look at our round up of fab parks locally as well :)