Walking in the Avalon Marshes

Walking in the Avalon Marshes

The Avalon Marshes were a vital resource for local communities, including grazing, turf cutting, and reeds for thatching. As a result many footpaths, droves and lanes link these communities to the marshes. These are ideal for walking, and we have developed a series of Circular Heritage Walking Routes which help you fully explore the area.  Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 140 and 141 cover the whole of the Avalon Marshes and show rights of way and other useful information.

Nature Reserves – Trails, Paths and Hides

On the nature reserves you will find many paths, trails and boardwalks: Ham Wall, Shapwick Heath, Shapwick Moor and Catcott are all linked by walking routes from the Avalon Marshes Centre.  Whilst not essential our map will take you to trails and hides that you might not otherwise find. Either download a copy from our Maps page or pick one up at the Avalon Marshes Centre.

Heritage Walks

We have developed 12 circular heritage walks to help you get the best out of the area. These walks will take you to wonderful views, fascinating heritage, attractive villages and much more. Just click on the links to download copies or call in at the Avalon Marshes Centre for a printed copy.

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A Wander Around Walton & Small Moor

Easy 2.5 miles (3km)

This short walk takes you from Walton around the edge of Small Moor to Sharpham Park. Small Moor lives up to its name with its small meadows bordered by willows and rhynes.

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Godney_Gander_Cover_640The Godney Gander

Easy 3 miles (5km)

The “island” of Godney is the focus of this short walk which gives a real feel for the marshes’ character of meadows, wet hedges, willows and simple architecture. The walker is reminded of troubled times with views of World War II pillboxes.

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Glastonbury_Old_Oaks_Cover_640Glastonbury Tor to the Old Oaks

Moderate 3.5 miles (5.5km)

This walk takes in wonderful views from the top of the Tor to the ancient landscape of the old oaks, Gog and Magog, and the hedges of Stone Down Lane.

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Islands_Peatlands_Cover_640Islands & Peatlands

Easy 3.5 miles (5.5km)

This walk explores the peatlands and islands around Westhay. Starting at the Avalon Marshes Centre the walk explores the landscape of the “honey” trackways, Burtle islands and Parliamentary enclosures.

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Glastonbury_Wearyall_Cover_640Wearyall Hill, Beckery and the Brue

Moderate 4 miles (6.5km)

Starting at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury this walk includes industrial heritage and ancient legends. Wearyall Hill gives fine views of the Tor, the Avalon Marshes and the hills beyond.

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Baltonsborough_Brue_Cover_640Baltonsborough, Butt Moor and the Brue

Moderate 4.5 miles (7km)

Starting in the historic village of Baltonsborough this walk takes you out onto Butt and Kennard Moors via a lovely wooded path. The return leg is along the open landscape of the River Brue.

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Wedmore_Wetlands_Cover_640Wedmore, Wetlands and Sand

Moderate 4.5 miles (7km)

This walk starts in the historic village of Wedmore and takes you onto Aller Moor with its many rhynes and interesting wetland natural history. On the return leg you pass Madwoman’s Lane and the hamlet of Sand.

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Mounds_ Moors_Cover_640Mounds & Moors

Moderate 5 miles (8km)

This walk will take you from the outskirts of Wells to Fenny Castle with its Norman motte & bailey castle. There are other interesting historical features on the route.

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Shapwick_Catcott_Cover_640Rhynes & Rare Breeds

Moderate 6 miles (9.5km)

This walk takes in the attractive stone villages of Catcott and Shapwick and the nature reserve of Shapwick Moor. A feature of this walk is the Nidons ridge with its fine views over the marshes.

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Westhay_Moor_Pan_Cover_640Marshes & Mendips

Moderate 6 miles (9.5km)

This walk links the National Nature Reserve of Westhay Moor to the high lands of the Isle of Wedmore. One of the highlights of the walk is the panoramic views from Hare Acre Hill.

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Romans_Rivers_Railways_640Romans, Rivers & Railways

Moderate 7 miles (11km)

This walk takes in the attractive and historic villages of Chilton Polden and Cossington, the “high” lands of the Polden ridge and explores the landscape of Roman saltworks, the Somerset & Dorset Railway and Gold Corner pumping station.

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Marks_Ditches_Droves_Cover_640Mark’s Ditches & Droves

Moderate 7 miles (11km)

Starting in the attractive village of Mark, this walk takes you over Mark Moor with its landscape of straight lines formed by the droves, rhynes and ditches which cross-cross the landscape. Brent Knoll is a constant backdrop.

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