Somerset is known for many things including the Glastonbury Festival, cider, cricket and Britain’s oldest preserved skeleton (Cheddar man). Aside from all of that, there are some beautiful dog walks to take in. With stunning coastline and historic sites as well as Britain’s tallest gorge.

We have selected some of our favourites. These have previously been well trodden by our namesake chocolate Labradors Oscar and Hooch. Here are nine walks they loved.

Our Top Recommendations for Dog Walking in Somerset

1. Crook Peak (BS25 1NW)

Part of the Mendip hills, Crook Peak sits over on the west. Set in over eight hundred acres, this walk has it all. You can start from either side of the hill. Both are lovely but for a longer walk start at the Kings Wood car park. This is at the A38 end of Winscombe hill. Be aware. The car park is small and can be busy, especially when the weather is favourable. On the road parking is an option but limited. People come and go all the time, so spaces can become free quite quickly.

Walk from the car park straight through the woods and up a hill. This will quickly bring you out to open grassland, where you will see the walk ahead. There are often horses and cows grazing here, so keep your dog well under control.

You will then pass a house on your right and head up another hill (steep and slippery in the wet). At the top of this hill you will see a viewpoint and map to your left. This is a great spot to take in views of Cheddar and beyond.

You can then carry on towards the peak. You will see in the distance, something akin to the top of a witch’s hat. The path is very straight, and you will have more downhill until you reach the peak. A very short final ascent will bring you to the top.

The views here are breathtaking. With the Coast and Wales on one side, and Glastonbury Tor rising up on the other. You can also get a bird’s eye view of stationary traffic on the M5 during the summer months!

There are lots of other routes to this walk. You can continue down the other side of the peak and circle back. We would thoroughly recommend visiting the New Inn Pub situated in Cross. There is a footpath to the left of the pub which will bring you onto the edge of Kings Wood. If you plan to eat at the pub and want to be inside, then you should book in advance.

Definitely one of our favourite dog walks.

crook peak dog walk

2. The Quantocks

The Quantock hills are an area of outstanding natural beauty. They offer many different dog walks that you and your dog will love. You can take in coastline views around Kilve or woodland walks from Holford. The views from the top are spectacular.

We haven’t recommended one walk in particular, as there are so many to choose from. A couple of good starting points are either Nether Stowey or Holford. You can also walk between the two villages.

If you head into Holford you will see a car park. From here you can follow a stream into the woods. This will continue on, and any water loving dogs will have great fun all the way along. In Nether Stowey, there is a Post Office with a café that serves good coffee and great value waffles. A lovely stop if you want to refuel after a long dog walk.

3. Dunster Castle and Exmoor National Park (TA24 6PS)

Dunster sits right on the edge of Exmoor National Park. It's a lovely village full of gift shops, pubs and cafes alongside Dunster Castle. If you have time, then you should take in the gardens of the castle, where dogs are welcome. The best place to park is Dunster Steep car park. This is on the left just before you come properly into the village. You can then head down the hill towards the water mill. Then walk along Mill Gardens until you come to the Gallox bridge (dating back to the 15thcentury).

From the bridge, you can head across the footpath (ignore the path to the left). Walk up into the woods. This path continues for miles. If you maintain your bearings you should walk through the woods and then out onto the top of Exmoor.

You should then head back in a circle towards Dunster. You should pop out where you started (all being well!). Worst case is that your dog walk may end up as a bit of an adventure! So that pint or piece of cake will be well-earned by the end of it!

Once back in Dunster, there a lot of places to eat and drink. The small National Trust café near the mill is nice on a summer’s day with a lovely garden. The Luttrell Arms bar does a decent lunch and has a good selection of ales.

Dunster dog walk

4. Glastonbury Tor (BA6 8BG)

Mentioned in the legend of King Arthur, the Tor is shrouded in mystery. The monument at the top is St Michaels built in the 14thcentury. This monument replaced the original wooden church that had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1275.

Start the dog walk in Glastonbury and follow signs up to the Tor. Parking around the base of the Tor can be difficult so this is a good recommendation. The walk up the hill can be steep. There are points where you can take a break if it is too much! Your dog should enjoy running up and down the terraces while you catch your breath. Interesting fact, no one actually knows how these terraces were formed.

At the top you can enjoy the ambience of Celtic mystery and the knights of the roundtable. Take in the views after climbing just over five hundred feet. You will get great views of the Somerset levels and beyond, as well as Glastonbury below.

glastonbury tor dog walk

5. Brean Down (TA8 2RS)

Brean Down sits between Weston Super-Mare and Burnham. It rises up just over three hundred feet and juts out of the Somerset coastline. It is best to go outside of summer. Then the usual hustle and bustle of the nearby holiday camps has died down.

You can take in a walk along the miles of beach leading up to the Down. You can park on the beach. Or alternatively use the two car parks at the very end of the road leading to Brean Down.

Be aware. The beach is very muddy. The further out you go towards the sea, the muddier it gets. So make sure you wear appropriate footwear and be careful you dog doesn’t get stuck in the mud. There are steps leading up to the Down, and then you should turn left to head towards Brean Down Fort.

The walk to the fort is approx. one and half miles. There are sheer drops on either side of the Down, so dogs should be under close control (and young children!). Depending on the time of year you visit, be prepared for windy conditions. Once you reach Brean Fort, there are lots of places to take shelter from the wind.

Brean Fort dates back to the Bronze Age. It was further strengthened with the addition of guns to protect Bristol and Cardiff. You can swap sides on the way back to make it a more interesting dog walk. The café at the bottom of the Down isn’t bad. There’s lots of seating inside and out (although at the time of writing, dogs are not allowed inside).

brean down dog walk

6. Westhay nature reserve (BA6 9TX)

Out on the Somerset levels between Wedmore and Glastonbury, the Westhay Nature Reserve is a haven for bird lovers. When driving on the main road from Wedmore towards Glastonbury you will pass Sweets Tea Rooms on your left. You should take the left had turn immediately after the tearooms. Carry on this road until you come to the nature reserve.

For dog walkers, this is an interesting and pleasant walk with lots of different nooks and crannies to explore. There are bird watching huts you can go into and lots of information about the local wildlife. Sometimes Exmoor ponies graze here, so dogs should be kept under close control.

As the reserve is there to protect the local wildlife, dogs should always be on a lead. There are no bins for dog waste, so take home any full poo bags. The Swan in Wedmore or Sweets Tea rooms are good stops for a bite of lunch after.

7. Brent Knoll

The Knoll can be viewed from miles around. It is a distinctive hill that can be seen from the M5 and the local railway lines. It stands at over 400ft and is situated between the villages of East Brent and Brent Knoll.

There are two dog walks you can take up the Knoll. One starts in East Brent and the other in Brent Knoll. For the East Brent walk, head down Church Rd and park near the church. A footpath passes the First School and takes you to the base of the hill. You can then walk straight up the hill and take in the spectacular views.

The Brent Knoll side walk starts in Brent Knoll. Head up Church Lane (turning into Hill Lane). You will see a farm on your right and a small car park on the left. Park in the car park and then cross the road. Go through the gate, passing the house and farm on your left. Keep walking along the path until eventually you will reach the steps up to the top. This is a slightly gentler walk than the East Brent side and has well maintained paths.

Well behaved dogs should be fine off the lead, as all farm animals are behind fences. When you get near the top of the Knoll there may be grazing animals so beware.

The views at the top are great. You get a complete view over the levels and out to Wales and the sea. Fancy a stop for a well-earned drink or snack after your walk? We recommend the Red Cow in Brent Knoll.

Hooch on Brent Knoll dog walk

8. Stockhill Woods (BA5 3AS)

Priddy is a small village past the top of Cheddar Gorge. Driving up the Gorge you will pass two turns. One for the Gliding Club and one for Westbury Sub-Mendip. The third turn towards Priddy is the one you should take. Keep going until you see a left turn at the crossroads with the Hunters Lodge pub on your right. Stockhill Woods is on the right-hand side, where there is plenty of parking.

The woods are pretty all year round, with well-marked out footpaths. You can venture into the woods and there are some lovely spots that you dog is sure to enjoy exploring.

Want a spot of lunch after your dog walk? We would recommend stopping at the Queen Victoria pub (in Priddy) or the Bath Arms (in Cheddar).

Stockhill Woods dog walk

9. Cheddar Gorge

You can take a walk up the Gorge from the bottom. However we would recommend driving up the Gorge whilst taking in the views. Then park by the National Trust woods near the top. You will see a layby on the left and opposite - both are free.

You then have the choice to go left or right. If you follow the path to the left, you will get some great views. And you'll eventually end up popping out at the top of Cheddar village. If you go right, you will take in the sights from the other side of the Gorge. And you'll also get views over the other side of Somerset.

Both walks are great for your dog and both are interesting. Bear in mind there are some very sharp drops on both sides of the Gorge. So be very cautious near the edges. Once in Cheddar, there are a plethora of tea rooms and cafes to choose from.

Oscar on Cheddar Gorge dog walk

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Dog Walking FAQs

How many walks a day does a dog need?

It is generally recommended you walk your dog 3 to 4 times per day for at least 15 minutes. Otherwise take them on 1 or 2 longer walks. However, this can vary depending on your dog's breed.

Is it okay to walk dogs in the rain?

Yes, it's safe to walk dogs of all breeds and sizes in the rain. It's important to ensure your dog is getting their daily exercise, even if the sun isn’t shining!

Do dogs get bored of the same walk everyday?

Yes, dogs need the mental stimulation that new sights bring. Repeating the same walk can become boring for both you and your dog!