Staple Hill, Staple Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset

Staple Hill, like so many places in the Blackdown Hills is somewhere you can stand and stare at the views and let forth a volley of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as words evade you. This is one astonishingly spectacular landscape – Awesome with a big, fat, punching capital A; miles and miles of rolling hills and fields, and wooded valleys, and here and there, an ancient farmstead, a church tower, a village, a hamlet. This is not an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for nothing.

What Staple Hill has over all the other glorious vantage points in the Blackdowns is that it’s the highest at 1,033 ft and that vista can be enjoyed by those in buggies and wheelchairs or with tinies in prams, because there’s a 1km Easy Access Trail with the most phenomenal views. If you want to venture further on one of the waymarked trails, go for it – it’s a great starting point for a good leg stretcher on the Staple Fitzpaine Herepath. Plan it well and you can allow time for a nice pub lunch at The Greyhound Inn down the hill at Staple Fitzpaine or at The Holman Clavel a few miles up the road at Culmhead.

All information correct at the time of writing

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