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Explore a royal forest, an extinct volcano and a Mump!

Walkers who take a trip to Somerset this summer (2017) can participate in a 725-year-old perambulation, ramble on an extinct volcano or enjoy 360 degree views from The Burrow Mump.


We're inviting visitors to explore the area on foot before relaxing in one of our luxury rooms with their deep baths that are perfect for tired toes.


Our part of the world is a bit of an undiscovered paradise for walks of all abilities. Those who are hardy, experienced walkers and love a challenge could book in this June 17 for the Exmoor Perambulation, which is a circular, long distance walk, dating back more than 725 years.


It's one of the most challenging walks you can take in the area. It covers 31 miles of cross country walking complete with accompanying breath-taking views and it allows participants to access parts of the National Park not normally open to the public.


It also includes part of the boundary of The Exmoor Royal Forest, which is rolling open grass moorland mixed with steep combes and rivers. Royal forest law, which protected the habitats of deer and boar, was established by William the Conqueror, a keen huntsman.


Exmoor was highly attractive to kings due to its abundance of Red Deer, something which you have the opportunity of seeing today on any walk in the area.


The Exmoor perambulation offers experienced walkers a challenging 16 or 31-mile walk through some of the area's most beautiful scenery. For visits at other times, walkers are encouraged to park at Prayway Head, and using an OS map, navigate to the Hoaroak Water.


Another mecca for ramblers near us is the newest section of England's coastal path, which was opened last year. The 58-mile stretch follows two thirds of Somerset's coast from Brean Down to Minehead. The newly opened bit represents a significant step towards completing the England Coast Path by 2020.


But perhaps less well known are the tracks through the Great Wood Forest on the Quantocks, which takes in wood, farm and parkland and allows the walker to trek over rock from an extinct volcano. Great Wood is perfect for the amateur walker just starting out and for families.


Another excellent walk for less experienced ramblers is Burrow Mump, a hill and historic site overlooking Southlake Moor in the village of Burrowbridge.


It is a scheduled monument on the Somerset Levels not far from us here at the hotel. The ruined church on top of the hill is a Grade II listed building. From the top, there are dramatic 360 degree views of the county. Some physical effort is required to reach the summit. The path varies from short climbs to longer steeper climbs, but it is well worth making the trek for the breath-taking views at the top.


For further details of these and other walks in the area, please visit www.secretsomerset.uk.


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