Activities

As well as the Somerset countryside, there are a wealth of local attractions and activities to fill your time during your stay, from the many varied year round events at the Bath and West Showground, The Glastonbury Festival and many National Trust properties including Stourhead, Lytes Cary and Montacute House. Wincanton Racecourse is also nearby.

Cycling

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Castle Cary is on the extensive South Somerset circular cycle route and with the Weymouth branch line offers a chance of return by rail from destinations such as Dorchester and Maiden Newton.  To the west are the Somerset levels with easy routes through to the Bristol Channel coastline, via Glastonbury and Somerton.

Walking

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Many public footpaths and bridleways are on the doorstep as well as three long distance walks.

The Leland Trail is a 28 mile regional footpath route through South Somerset, from Alfred’s Tower to Ham Hill in seven stages.

The Macmillan Way West is a 102 mile, fully waymarked branch path leaving the main path at Castle Cary in Somerset and heading across the Somerset Levels, the Quantocks and Exmoor.  The main route (290 miles from Lincolnshire) forks at Castle Cary either to Abbotsbury on the Dorset coast (2-3 days) or to Barnstaple in North Devon (5-7 days).  Both destinations have relatively easy bus and train services for a return to Castle Cary for car collection or main line services.

The Monarch’s Way is based on the lengthy route taken by King Charles II during his escape after defeat by Cromwell in the final battle of the Civil Wars at Worcester in 1651, when for six weeks the 21-year-old was hotly pursued by Parliamentary troops. It takes in Boscobel (the Royal Oak Tree), Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswolds, Mendips and the South Coast from Charmouth to Shoreham. There are many historic buildings, features of interest and antiquity, with connections to numerous other long distance routes. The whole route is now 615 miles in length and is the longest inland trail within England.

There are also a variety of circular pub walks in all directions from Ansford Park from 3-10 miles in length.

For more information see:

Walking in Somerset Hundreds of FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking clubs in the county