Somerset Knights Quest

Taster Break – Short breaks in Somerset

We love Somerset for its relaxed, unhurried, rural feel. An ancient place that is steeped in myth, legend and history. Somerset takes its name from some of its early people, the summer people (the summer set).

The south of Somerset where our trail is located, is quiet, gentle and steeped in history. Take our Quest to discover an abbey with Saxon origins, where some of the first Kings of Wessex lie buried.

A bronze age hill fort once large enough to host an entire army and, of course, who can ignore the whispers and rumours that this was once King Arthur’s Camelot.

The trail can be enjoyed as a 3 or 4 night stay. Weave between rolling hills, sweeping views and swaying grasses, this is a fabulous experience in a beautiful part of South West England.

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Somerset Knights Quest walking holiday by Foot Trails

Taster Break – Staying in One Place

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 as a 3 or 4 night short break. 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.

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

To request a detailed mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

Somerset Knights Quest walking holiday by Foot Trails

Getting to South Somerset

The trail begins near Sherborne, Dorset (just over the county border!).

The nearest train station for arrivals is at Sherborne, Dorset. Travel is approximately 2.25 hours from London Waterloo. The journey time by car, about 2.5 hours from London.

The suggested international airport is London Heathrow which offers an easy transfer and around two hours to the start of the trail. There is also a regional airport at Bristol. Airport cars often make the most convenient transfer and we can arrange this for you.

If you would like help or advise with your travel plans, please just ask.

Somerset Knights Quest walking holiday by Foot Trails

About the accommodations

Where you stay is a key part of your Foot Trail & experience. One of the reasons guests choose Foot Trails is for our choice and quality of accommodation.

The country inns and country pubs where you stay are small, personal and friendly with excellent hospitality. Each one is in an English village with comfortable bedrooms and delicious local food and drinks to enjoy with dinner after your walk.

Alison, Foot Trails founder, chooses each inn personally. Centuries old, each building provides a relaxing and authentic setting in which you can kick off your boots and eat dinner at the end of an inspiring day on the trail.

We know our guests will be well cared for at this sumptuous, award-winning country inn. Set in a small village with a church, you are well placed to step out and enjoy the views. The 18th century building houses 8 beautifully decorated bedrooms where you can rest your head and refresh. By evening enjoy award winning freshly produced local and seasonal food.

You will receive full details and website addresses of our suggested accommodation with your itinerary when we confirm availability of your trip.

Somerset Knights Quest walking holiday by Foot Trails

Cossts & availability

Somerset Knights Quest is a 3 or 4 night short walking break. The trail is available year round. You can start on any day of the week (subject to availability). The best start day is a Monday.

Prices start from:

3 night stay
Winter – £240 p/person
April & October – £280 p/person
May & September- £325 p/person
June to August – £305 p/person

4 night stay
Winter – £295 p/person
April & October – £355 p/person
May & September- £395 p/person
June to August – £380 p/person

*Based on two sharing, staying on a bed & breakfast basis

Included:

• Walking know-how and local expertise
• Transport drop off when it makes for a better walk
• Help and support before & during your trip
• 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
• Detailed itinerary & 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

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.

Somerset Knights Quest walking holiday by Foot Trails

From our guests

“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.”
Rosemary, UK

“Wonderful! I learnt so much about our countryside and fell back in love with it. Unforgettable experience, thank you.”
Susan, UK

Relaxing Pub Lunches

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.

To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

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