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Explore Staple Hill Car Park
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Staple Hill Easy Access Viewpoint Trail

Approximately 1km (0.6 miles) long, this trail allows people of all abilities to experience and enjoy the outdoors and far reaching views across the Vale of Taunton.

Staple Fitzpaine Herepath Trail

A circular trail 22km (13.7 miles) long passing through the Forestry Commission woodlands around Staple Hill, Castle Neroche, Bickenhall, Thurlbear and Wych Lodge, and the surrounding countryside.

Please note that the entrance to Staple Hill car park has a height restriction barrier of 2.1m.

Planning an event at Staple Hill

If you wish to organise an event on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission. We need to check that the event is properly organised, has adequate insurance cover and doesn't clash with other events or forest operations. Please give as much notice as possible, we require at least eight weeks. Other activities may also require permission, including dog sleds, charity challenges and walking events.

Download this application form to hold an event at Staple Hill, or alternatively please call us on 01392 834204. E-mail your completed form to helen.brown@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or send to West England Forest District Permissions, Buller's Hill, Kennford, Exeter, Devon. EX6 7XR

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

great place to walk and awesome for those who climb trees....18 of us from grandparents to baby. lovely views. some of us had trouble finding it, according to which direction we came in.

Anonymous, 23/Aug/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

we went to Staple Hill today armed with 3 energetic boys and a excited dog ..have never been to staple hill before kept passing saying we will walk there soon ...was lovely had a great walk ,lovely views and the kids enjoyed a game of manhunt( hide and seek) in all the woodland didnt walk all the way round as i feel we would still be walking it ;0) ..but one day we will ..great day out for those who enjoy the countryside views and adventure

Gough family , 7/May/2012
5 Stars 5 Stars

We regularly use the viewpoint trail. The wide pathways make it excellent for both pushchairs and push along bikes! The benches are ideally positioned to stop for a short picnic and take in the stunning views. A really worthwhile visit.

Anonymous, 7/Sep/2009

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What's Here?

  • Ancient Monuments
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Cycling
  • The Staple Fitzpaine Herepath is suitable for experienced off-road cyclists. Some sections are more difficult than others and short stretches are currently not suitable for cycling (see Neroche Scheme website). If you plan to cycle the trail make sure you have a well maintained mountain bike and a suitable level of fitness
  • Horse riding
  • The Staple Fitzpaine Herepath follows existing public bridleways and a new section of permissive bridleway.
    Horse riding in other areas of the forest is by permit only. Please contact the District Office on 01392 834231 for an application pack.
  • Viewpoint
  • A short, easy walk is rewarded with breathtaking views that can sometimes stretch to the coast of Wales. Look too for the buzzards that soar serenely over Taunton Vale, and take in the rolling hills of the Quantocks and Mendips in the distance.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: ST247159

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Contact

West England District
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01594 833057
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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