Maps, Books and Guides

Maps, Books and Guides


The Avalon Marshes sit in a lovely, quiet part of Somerset’s Levels and Moors. The only large towns within the area are Glastonbury, with its iconic Tor standing sentinel over the marshes, and Street. On this page you will find downloadable maps and some suggestions of books and guides which will help you enjoy your visit. You can pick up copies of some of these at the information point at the Avalon Marshes Centre and at local Tourist Information Centres.


Interactive Google map – Shows the locations of the main features (not printer friendly)

General Avalon Marshes map – Shows nearby towns, villages and approach roads (will print as an A4 page)

Nature Reserves map – Has the locations of reserve hides, paths and trails (will print as an A4 page; scale is one inch : one mile). Recommended if you are visiting us for the first time.

Maps of individual nature reserves – Go to the individual nature reserve page (all can be printed as A4 pages)

Ordnance Survey maps:-

  • Landranger maps are at 1:50,000 scale. They are great for general exploring and cycling. Map 182 covers the full area.
  • Explorer maps are more detailed at 1:25,000 scale and are ideal for walking and detailed exploring. Maps 140 and 141 cover the full area.
  • They can be purchased in local bookshops and Tourist Information Centres and are also available for sale online.

Guides and Leaflets

Avalon Marshes leaflets – There are four of these: a magical landscape, wonderful wetland wildlife, discover 10,000 years of history and fantastic family adventures.

Individual Nature Reserve leaflets – All of the main reserves have leaflets which are produced by the respective partners. You can pick these up at the Avalon Marshes Centre or by contacting the applicable partner – Contact details on our Nature Reserve pages.

Walks and cycle routes – We have put together a series of Heritage Walk and Heritage Cycle routes for you to enjoy. You can download these from this website by following the respective links.

Dog Walking Guide – This leaflet has been designed to help you and your dog explore and protect this wonderful landscape and its wildlife, by providing information on where you can walk your dog in the Avalon Marshes. This can be downloaded here.

Wildlife Guides – The Field Studies Council (FSC) produce a series of guides to wildlife much of which you will find in the Avalon Marshes. One of these has been written specifically for those visiting Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. This can be obtained directly from the Field Studies Council or Natural England.


There are too many applicable books about wildlife and heritage for us to list them. However, we list below a few that we would particularly recommend. Some of these are out of print but copies can be obtained from second hand bookshops.

The Somerset Wetlands – An Ever Changing Environment – a classic book covering landscape, wildlife and heritage.

Wet & Wonderful – The Heritage of the Avalon Marshes – Richard Brunning

The Lake Villages of Somerset – Stephen Minnitt and John Coles

Sweet Track to Glastonbury – Bryony and John Coles

The Shapwick Treasure – Stephen Minnitt

Voices from the Peat – An oral history of the Avalon Marshes

English Heritage book of Glastonbury – Philip Rahtz