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Stage 4: Taunton to West Bagborough — Channel to Channel Path

Stage 4: Taunton to West Bagborough — Channel to Channel Path

Intermediate
03:46
8.88 mi
2.4 mph
525 ft
250 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.57 mi
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French weir

Hiking Highlight

2.24 mi
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Staplegrove Church

Hiking Highlight

6.85 mi
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Cothelstone Manor

Hiking Highlight

7.59 mi
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Terhill Bridge

Hiking Highlight

8.88 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Hiking Path: 0.66 mi
Path: 3.10 mi
Footpath: 2.16 mi
Street: 0.65 mi
Road: 2.11 mi
State Road: 340 yd

Surfaces

Natural: 0.99 mi
Unpaved: 0.71 mi
Gravel: 332 yd
Paved: 1.66 mi
Asphalt: 1.35 mi
Unknown: 3.97 mi

Weather Forecast

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Kit P planned a hike.

September 8, 2021

Comments

  • Kit P

    The shortest of the five stages, on this hike you leave Taunton and the River Tone behind and head to the very edge of the Quantock Hills AONB. The first half is fairly flat, with a gentle, steady ascent in the second but certainly nothing very challenging. This is a walk of winding lanes, historic buildings and hedgerows filled with birdsong.

    Cross the River Tone in Taunton and admire the cascading water at French Weir. Follow the course, cutting away from it to the north at Frieze hill. The trail leads you through the outskirts of Taunton, to the village of Staplegrove. Here, seek out the 13th-century church before taking the footpath next door which leads to the north west.

    This sets you gallivanting off across low-lying farmland, crossing field after field and spotting farm after farm as the Quantocks creep ever nearer. At Cushuish, you’re truly at the very edge of the AONB and from here you skirt its perimeter to Cothelstone.

    The Elizabethan Cothelstone Manor is certainly a sight to behold. Its aging gateway and stunning brickwork are impressive to witness, no matter your level of historical knowledge. While the manor and its grounds are private, the footpath leads you right alongside, so you can easily enjoy the view.

    Keep skirting the hills, hiking north west until you reach the village of West Bagborough. There’s a lovely pub here which has rooms for the night.

    • September 16, 2021

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Stage 4: Taunton to West Bagborough — Channel to Channel Path

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