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Shapwich Heath National Nature Reserve

LOCALITY: Glastonbury, Somerset
DISTANCE: 4 miles (6.44 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
TERRAIN: Easy
OS MAP: Cheddar Gorge & Mendip Hills West

Walk description:

Shapwich Heath National Nature Reserve is about five miles from Glastonbury.

From Glastonbury drive along the B3151 through Meare where you will see a brown signpost directing you to the Nature Reserve. Drive toward Shapwick and you will see a brown sign for Peat Moors Centre. This is where you can park to commence the walk.

Walk out of the car park and walk up the road for about 400m toward Shapwick. There is also limited additional parking here.

On your left you will see an entrance into the Nature Reserve. Walk through the gate and then start the walk.

The trail is a firm pathway that goes along a waterway. There are two ways of doing the route. Firstly you can either go all the way along this path until you get to the end of the trail at Ashcott Corner visitors car park.

Secondly you can walk along the trail until you come to a fork in the trail to the right. This is a wheelchair access route along the Neolithic 'Sweet Track'. Go along the the trail which is made up of planks, all the way to the end. Turn left along a grass pathway until you get back to the main trail.

Turn right and go along the trail until you get to a bridge. Go left across a wooden bridge and follow the trail around to your right until you come to the Meare Hide. About 250m. There is wheelchair access to the hide. Inside there is seating with peep holes over looking the reserve.

When you come out of the hide go back along the trail toward the wooden brige. Go across the bridge and turn left and continue along the trail.

You will eventullay come to a large locked metal gate. On the left of the large gate is a smaller gate which has wheelchair access, but you will need a Radar key to go through it. On the right of the large metal gate is a gap for other users of the trail. For largers buggies you may need to collapse the buggy to be able to go through.

This is the end of the trail. You are now in the Ashcott Corner Visitor's car park.

You can start the walk from either end of the trail.


Additional notes:

The toilets and the cafe are at the Peat Moors centre. The toilets are basic and on the
11/10/07 the cafe was closed for refurbishment.

For further information ring 01458 860120/860887. Alternatively look at www.naturalengland.org.uk


22/10/2007 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Shapwick

16/10/2007 | Reviewed by Trudie Sheasby

This is an excellent walk for all ages and mobility due to it being a level and hard surface. As this is a
nature reserve you also get to see a great variety of wildlife. There is plenty of parking and toilets are
available. Would recommend this walk at any time of year.