Castle Neroche, Buckland St Mary, Somerset

If you like a good walk in the woods go to Castle Neroche and follow the waymarked trails around the site where a motte and bailey castle stood in Norman times. Not surprisingly, there are some astonishing views over the unspoilt Somerset landscape. The Vale of Taunton is spread out before you, and on a clear day you can see The Quantock Hills and Exmoor in one direction, and in the other, The Mendip Hills and Glastonbury.

There's quite a big car park but note there are height restrictions, so no vans or mini buses. Before you set off on foot stop and have a read of the information boards which tell you about the history of Castle Neroche, the wildlife, and the trails and vantage points. It's up to you which walk you do but be aware that it's generally a bit uppy-downy and there are some quite steep parts. If it's been raining recently you'll need sensible boots or wellie-gogs, and if the kids are with you, put them in their old togs and let them have a bit of fun, running about and jumping from the little hillocks. 

Take a picnic for after your walk because there are benches in the car park where you can sit and unpack your sandwiches and sausage rolls. 

All information correct at the time of writing            

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