Stage 3: Langport to Bridgwater — River Parrett Trail
Includes movable bridges
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2 in total
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Kit P planned a hike.
January 6, 2021
This section of the River Parrett Trail is about as flat as you can get without walking across a pancake, making its 13-mile length (21 km) easy on the thighs. You’ll follow the River Parrett closely for almost the entire length of this route, only leaving it in favour of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal in the final stretch. Opportunities for spotting birds increase during this stage too, as the tidal nature of this part of the Parrett becomes apparent.
The trail starts in Langport and crosses Northstreet Moor to meet the river. Here, you’ll spot the railway viaduct and get beautiful views up and down the river; it’s particularly majestic here. Water and grass fill the horizon and dominate this path as it carries you between the River Parrett and the Sowy River, an artificial drainage waterway.
As the river meanders around, so will you but there is something rather intriguing to break up the flatness. Around the halfway mark, you’ll come to the delightfully named Burrow Mump. This eye-catching hill is only 79 feet (24 m) tall but in comparison to its surroundings, it may as well be Everest (okay, I’m exaggerating).
Atop the Mump is a ruined 15th-century church. It’s well worth sauntering up to the top for the views and to admire the ruin and, if you’re after a pub, you’ll find one here in Burrowbridge.
The trail continues along the river until Moorland Court Farm, where it heads west to the canal. From here, follow the canal all the way into Bridgwater. You’ll eventually find yourself at Bridgwater Docks, complete with narrowboats and lock gates.
Bridgwater is well-connected by bus to Taunton and Bristol which both have mainline train stations. In this thriving town, you’ll also find accommodation options, major supermarkets and a healthy amount of pubs. To reach Langport at the beginning, catch the number 54 bus from Taunton or Yeovil.
It’s worth noting that this route takes you through the Somerset Levels which are well-known for extensive flooding during wet seasons. While the paths are usually raised a little above the fields, this is better completed during drier months.
January 7, 2021