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River Parrett Trail

The River Parrett is one of the main rivers draining the Somerset Levels, or Plain of Sedgemoor. It's source is the green hills on the Dorset and South Somerset border at Chedington, from where it flows northwards to enter the Bristol Channel near Burnham on Sea. The River Parrett Trail is one of England's beautiful 'source to mouth' river routes all of which offer fabulous walking enhanced by the facinating presence of water.

The River Parrett Trail can be enjoyed as a 50 mile hike over 3 or 4 days or as a series of shorter walks exploring some of England's most beautiful, intriguing but also fragile countryside. Walking is the best way of visiting these landscapes without creating the pressures that could spoil them, whilst giving you the time to discover why they are so special. This is comfortable walking through the gentle hills of the Dorset and Somerset borders and across the wetlands of the Somerset Levels and Moors. It is also a facinating journey through orchards, woods, withy beds and the watery haunts of birds and fishermen; passing limestone cottages, Georgian terraces, elegant mediaeval churches and the elaborate pattern of rhynes and water courses of the low land.

On the way you can visit Ham Hill - the site of one of Europe's largest Iron Age hill forts, Stoke St. Gregory - the heart of the Somerset willow growing and basket making industry, Burrow Mump and Athelney - where the Saxon King Alfred found a refuge from the Vikings (and burnt the cakes).

At Ham Hill the route links with the Liberty Trail and the Leland Trail.


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Start: Chedington

Grid Ref: ST 490059

End: Steart

Grid Ref: ST 281469

Distance: 80 km

Walking Time: 4 days

Counties Traversed

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River Parrett Trail