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 Somerset is bounded by Gloucester, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon. It is about 65 miles in length and is between 30 and 40 miles in breadth. It contains 482 parishes. The county is hilly and includes the Mendip chain. Limestone and Sandstone.
Main rivers: Parrett, Ivel, Chew, Axe, Thone, Brent, Exe, Frome, Avon

Somerset has 6,129KM of rights of way ,made up of 4,821km of footpaths, 1001km of bridleways, 299 km of restricted byways and 8km of Byways open to all traffic. This means it is the county with one of the greatest length of footpaths in the Country. By contrast , it is very badly off for bridleways. Most of the 1001km of existing bridleways are on Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. The network over the rest of the county is very fragmented. Many of the kms of restricted byways (former RUPPs) are dead ends which are of no use to riders at all.

View Somerset County Council Rights of Way Map


Exmoor Trails - Online Maps

Quantock Hills - Online Map

Blackdown Hills - Neroche - Staple Fitzpaine Herepath Trail Online Map

Blackdown Hills Link

Somerset County Council: Problem Reporting on Rights of Way: 0845 3459155



BHS Access and Bridleways Officers: See BHS Somerset Committee



Bridleway Associations:
Mendip Bridleways & ByWays Association,   WEB
South Somerset Bridleways Association:  WEB:  South Somerset Bridleways Association
Area Covered: Chard, Langport, Wincanton, Yeovil   

The Trails Trust,       WEB 

WEB: Three Counties Bridleways Group: (South Somerset)