Staple Common, Staple Fitzpaine, Somerset
Staple Common is just up the road from The Greyhound Inn at Staple Fitzpaine, so, here's a good plan: go for a stroll through the woods, or if you've got your bikes, a cycle round the Herepath, then have lunch or a pint in the pub. The woodland is owned and managed by Forestry England and is a wonderful place to be anytime of year - in the winter you're sheltered from the elements in the thick of the conifers, in the summer the trees offer a welcome respite from the glare of the hot sun.
Being in the Blackdown Hills, there's one sure thing you can expect from a walk around Staple Common and that's views. Views that stretch out over the Somerset countryside for miles and miles; on a clear day you can see across to the Quantock Hills and even as far as Wales. People with limited mobility or those with wheelchairs or pushchairs can enjoy those vistas too because there's an 800m Easy Access Trail from the car park, with wide level paths and kissing gates, picnic benches and seats, and two vantage points.
The point is though, it's just so good to get out in the fresh air amidst such beautiful surroundings. It's soul fodder, is what it is.
All information correct at the time of writing