Explore the countryside in Taunton
Located in the heart of the Somerset countryside, Taunton is a pretty village with a fascinating heritage, ideal for those wanting to explore the stunning landscapes in the area. Let us take you through the top country spots to explore near Taunton.
Exmoor National Park
A 30 minute drive from Taunton, Exmoor National Park is full of rugged wilderness. Open landscapes stretch out before you, with pretty villages and little streams for those who like to explore. See one of the UK’s rare populations of wild ponies as they graze their way through the landscapes or book horse riding trips over the rolling hills. Leading down to the Bristol Channel take a picnic to one of the spotless sandy beaches or enjoy walks along the cliffs.
Minutes from the town of Taunton the Quantock Hills are an area of outstanding beauty. Wander along the many hilltops and enjoy spectacular views over the valleys and across to the Bristol Channel or take a picnic to one of the many empty spaces where you can relax and unwind. Hikers and mountain bikers will find plenty to enjoy in the Quantock Hills, with paths varying from tough and steep to gentle and perfect for families with children.
Smooth, undulating hills roll out over the countryside in the Blackdown Hills, which are found to the south of Taunton. Stretching down through the East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty to Sidmouth and Lyme Regis this area is a hikers’ and mountain bikers’ paradise. The unique environment is home to some rare flora and fauna, as well as insects, birds and mammals. Streams and springs make the ideal location for picnics and there are some places for freshwater swimming as well.
East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty
Slightly to the south of the Blackdown Hills, the East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty dates back 250 million years. Full of National Parks and pretty villages, amble through stunning forests of ancient trees, shaded woodlands, river valleys and coastal views which stretch over the English Channel. It’s home to many working farms, with opportunities to try delicious local produce in some of the excellent restaurants and pubs dotted through the area. The Canteen at Axminster serves up produce from the surrounding landscapes, with the market town dating back hundreds of years. Axmouth Harbour is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood from the English Channel, while the Olde Masons Arms in Branscombe serves up delicious beer from local breweries.
Where to stay in Taunton?
Corner House, Taunton
A modern retreat with traditional Victorian exteriors and modern, comfortable interiors the Corner House Hotel in Taunton combines the best of both worlds. Each of the 45 bedrooms has stylish and modern décor, free WiFi, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and a well equipped en-suite bathroom.
The restaurant and bar are decorated in a more traditional style and offers locally farmed produce, beers from nearby breweries and interesting twists on traditional dishes. There is an extensive wine menu, and guests can also enjoy Sunday roasts at the hotel.