Top 5 things to do in the Quantock Hills

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A romantic landscape of heath, combe and coast, the Quantock Hills became England’s first recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 and is a playground for walkers, nature lovers and those looking for a peaceful retreat.

We’ve put together this guide to the Quantock Hills to help you make the most of your time in this incredibly beautiful corner of the UK.

#1 - Go walking

The best way to enjoy the diversity of landscapes on offer in the Quantock Hills is on foot. Pull on your walking boots and head out to explore. Try the circular route around Kilve and Quantoxhead to take in Tudor villages and a section of the stunning Jurassic Coast.

Alternatively, enjoy the vibrant heathland of Lydeard Hill as you walk to Wills Neck, the most elevated point of the Quantocks. For easily accessible coastal views, try the meandering path through woodland over Beacon Hill starting from Staple Plain.

Enjoy the forested landscapes of the Hills on a wander through the sessile oak woods at Holford Combe, former haunt of William Wordsworth. Ramscombe is a great option for families, with barbecue area and a selection of woodland trails to choose from.

Wherever you go, make sure to take a camera to capture those scenic views and wild ponies!

#2 – Discover fossils on the Quantock coast

A particularly good location for fossil hunting is the stretch of coast between Kilve and East Quantoxhead. Ammonites can frequently be found here and the occasional discovery of large fossilised marine reptiles is made. The rocks here were formed up to 200 million years ago from sediment deposits on what was then the sea floor.

Limestone alternates with soft layers of shale, from which oil was once extracted in brick constructions known as retorts. One still stands today at Kilve Pill, providing an interesting insight into the history of the area.

#3 – Get active

Besides walking, there are several other ways for the more adventurous to enjoy the Quantock Hills. Mountain biking is a popular sport in the area and the picturesque trails winding up and down over open moorland offer some fantastic terrain. There are routes catering for all abilities and several places where you can hire bikes, so don’t feel you have to be a seasoned rider to give it a go.

If you’d prefer a more sedate activity, a round of golf at Cannington Golf Course is the perfect option for you. There’s a driving range and a nine-hole, 18 tee course offering gorgeous views, so take your pick!

Equestrian enthusiasts can take the opportunity to explore the Quantocks on horseback along a network of bridle ways. Horse riding centres cater for beginners and expert riders alike, so if you’ve never tried it before, riding through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes for a fantastic first experience.

#4 – Enjoy the local produce

For foodies, a great thing about the Quantocks is that you’re never far away from a fabulous culinary experience. Clavelshay Barn on the edge of the Quantock Hills offers the best of local produce in a gorgeous riverside setting. Combe House in Holford has a fantastic local menu, including a selection of great wine, beer and Somerset Cider.

If it’s a charming local pub you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you head for Blue Ball Inn in Triscombe, The Rising Sun Inn in West Bagborough, The Hood Arms in Kilve or any of the other great establishments in the Quantocks, you’re sure to find a delicious meal.

#5 – Rest and relax

The tranquillity and natural beauty of the Quantock Hills makes for the most relaxing of holidays. Make your holiday one to remember with a stay in one of our beautiful holiday cottages in Somerset.

Radlet Barn, in the foothills of the Quantocks, is a stylish barn conversion ideally located for exploring the area. The added luxury of a hot tub makes it the perfect place to relax of an evening with a glass of bubbly while you gaze up at the stars.

This is just one example of our beautiful cottages in the Quantock Hills. Browse our Somerset cottages where you’ll find everything from cosy romantic hideaways to large, luxurious group properties.

Posted by Clare on 23rd May 2017