Your alternative Glastonbury weekend

Posted on 21/06/2016

If the Glastonbury music festival isn’t quite your cup of tea, then ViewRanger have you covered! We’ve chosen 5 perfect routes in Somerset for an alternative way to spend your weekend in the outdoors.

 

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1. The Mendips, North of Wells (£)
Difficulty: Very Hard
Length: 10 miles
By Nick Cotton Rides

An energetic bike ride that begins with an uphill climb passing through the town of Wells and Wookey Hole. It may be challenging, but it concludes with stunning panoramic views which make it totally worth it. Return with a relaxed downhill descent and woodland surroundings.

Best for: Hard-core cyclists

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Castle

2. Burrow Mump and Athelney, Somerset Levels (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.73 miles
By BBC Countryfile

The historic waypoints on this walking route have many stories to tell, including the unusual Burrow Mump in the flat land surroundings. This uphill climb rewards with the perfect view of the Somerset levels. 

Best for: Keen learners

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Hills

3. Two Rivers, Exmoor (£)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 13.54 miles
By Trail Magazine 

Although the UK’s smallest National Park, Exmoor certainly isn’t lacking in wildlife. Take a stroll round the park, stopping regularly to peer through your binoculars whilst enjoying the backdrop of the two rivers and blossoming summer heather.

Best for: Nature lovers

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4. The Willow Walk, West of Glastonbury (£)
Difficulty: Very easy
Length: 3.13 miles
By City Cycle Guides

This gentle bike ride takes you through the nature reserve, offering sights of the bright fields of wild flowers over the Somerset levels, leading you into the quirky town of Glastonbury for a chance to explore.

Best: Leisurely cyclists  

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Stream

5. Mendip Hills, Somerset (FREE)
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 3.04 miles
By Countryfile

This walk is just as outstanding at night as it is during the day. After some slightly steep climbs and sights of pretty bluebells, the observant night owls in your group will most definitely catch a glimpse a host of nocturnal creatures.

Best for: Midnight walkers

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