Somerset takes its name directly from the Summer people – the Summer set. Nomadics, they came to the area each summer to benefit from its rich and fertile grazing land, at a time when much of the area was an inland sea.
Take our Knights Quest and discover many ancient connections. Peaceful trals, off the beaten track, include castles, villages of local hamstone and a hill fort where legends of King Arthur and his knights resound.
South Somerset is a beautiful, historic and gorgeously authentic area of rural South West England. It offers a relaxed pace of life where the simple pleasures of the countryside can be savoured. Imagine green rolling hills where sheep graze, villages of local orange hamstone and proper food, cheddar cheese, apple juice, cider and pork.
This is a Staying in One Place style walking holiday available up to 4 nights. You will follow different and varied trails each day. Taking you off the beaten track for a more peaceful and authentic experience.
Along with the relaxing lull of the countryside you can enjoy a wealth of discoveries on your Foot Trails including Sherborne, a market town with a world renowned abbey where several ancient Kings are buried; the ancient deer park with its unique white stag and two castles. There is also an iron-age hill fort reputed to be Arthur’s Cadbury.
For a FREE example itinerary and digital brochure for Somerset Knights Quest, including pictures on the trails, just fill out the ‘Find out more?’ form to your right and we’ll send it to you.
Custom made & crafted English walking
Every Foot Trail walking tour and holiday is custom made, to suit you and the season you are walking in. Foot Trails offers a versatile choice of daily trail lengths – shorter 5 to 7 miles (8 to 12km) trails or – longer up to 10 miles (16km) trails.
2 night experiences are available off peak from 01 October to 30 March and 3 to 4 night itineraries are available all year. Car-free and dog friendly holiday options are also available so please ask.
Trail highlights include
• Marvel at Camelot, King Arthur’s 5th century castle stronghold
• Wander through the ancient deer park and spot the white stag
• Enjoy fabulous local Somerset food including cider, pork and real ales, plus local eggs and scrummy local bacon for breakfast
• Explore Sherborne, market town with a world renowned abbey
• Visit two castles and find out about the gunpowder plot
For your FREE example itinerary and digital brochure, simply pop your details in the form (to your right) and we’ll get it straight to you.
Getting here is easy, your trail is located near Sherborne, Dorset (just over the border).
Its about a 2 hour car journey from London, 1 hour from Bristol.
For a car-free option (3 night stays only) the nearest train station is at Sherborne, Dorset. Transfer from the station to your inn is about 15 minutes. We can arrange this for you.
For overseas guests the nearest airport is at Bristol or Southampton. London Heathrow is also easy to get to. Airport transfers can be arranged for you with our drivers and chauffeured cars, just ask.
Ahh, relax. Where you Stay
One of the reasons choose Foot Trails is for our choice of personally chosen country inns and country pubs. All hand-picked by our founder Alison Howell. Tried and tested and much loved by our guests you are in for a real treat.
All are located in English villages with comfortable bedrooms and great local produce. On Somerset Knights Tale you will enjoy an award winning 18th century country inn where food is sourced from the owner’s farm and the local area.
All bedrooms en-suite, options for bath or shower. Both standard and superior rooms available.
Yummy country breakfasts with freshly laid eggs and local bacon, cereals, yoghurt, breads, jams and fruit.
Prices & Availability
This tour is available all year round from 3 to 4 nights.
‘Car-free’ options available.
Your walking holiday will be custom made and crafted to suit your, your walking ability and depending on the season you are walking in.
Prices start from:
£320 per person* for 3 nights
£395 per person* for 4 nights
2 night short breaks available (01 October to 31st March) at winter rates
*Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis.
• Flexible distance, independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season • Custom made & crafted Walk and Explore Box • Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof) • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions) • Plastic map holder • Local stories and histories • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals • Seasonal nature guide book • Sweets (for a boost on route) • Your en-suite accommodation • Breakfasts. • One bottle of wine. • Walking know-how and local expertise. • Transport drop off when it makes for a better walk.
How to book?
Simply contact us with preferred dates and we will take care of the rest. Phone l us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an example itinerary and digital brochure with more details.
“Having studied your website, communicated by email and spoken to you on the phone, our walking holiday was exactly as I expected it to be, idyllic.”
Stephen (above) and Penelope, USA
“We had a super time. The walks were wonderful and once again you have been so clever as they were all different, we also saw the remains of the Jubilee beacon on Cadbury Castle! The waterproof paper was brilliant and your instructions were so clear. The pub was excellent and nothing was too much trouble to them, we were all very comfortable.”
“Wonderful! I learnt so much about our countryside and fell back in love with it. Unforgettable experience, thank you.”
How do I find my way?
Trails are devised using our local knowledge and rigorously tested and checked. Find your way using either the easy to follow trail cards if you prefer not to map read, or the local Ordnance survey maps provided. Or a combination of both. For peace of mind an on call service is provided every day including weekends between 8am and 6pm.
Where will I be walking?
Your walks are on public rights of way and a mixture of paths, tracks and trails through woodland, on farm land, village country lanes and countryside. Most walking is away from roads. Everything you need will be provided in your walk and explore pack.
For a more fully detailed example itinerary for this holiday, simply pop your details in the form to the right.
You may also like:
Like to find out more?
Call us on +44 (0) 1747 820 626 or complete the form below...
Join our mailing list
Receive all the latest news from us including new walks, walking and equipment tips and special offers.