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Staple Hill Easy Access Viewpoint Trail

LOCALITY: Taunton, Somerset
DISTANCE: Less than 1 mile (1.61km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Taunton & Blackdown Hills

Walk description:

This trail allows everyone, including those with limited mobility, to explore the beautiful countryside of the Blackdown Hills. New viewpoints have opened up some spectacular views across the Vale of Taunton. On a clear day you can see all the way to Wales.

The trail has been designed and built to national �all ability� access standards so it is easy for everyone to use including those with limited mobility. The two viewpoints have picnic benches and seating. There are also no steep gradients; the trail has a maximum gradient of 1:20; meaning it is suitable for all types of wheelchairs. The trail is 2 metres wide with a compacted path surface, which makes pushing wheelchairs and pushchairs easy. There are three kissing gates (suitable for all types of wheelchair) along the trail and seating at viewpoints.

For further information please visit www.nerochescheme.org

Additional notes:

The trail starts from the Forestry Commission car park at Staple Hill, on the Blackdown Hills above Staple Fitzpaine. From Taunton, take the B3170 through Corfe then turn left at the crossroads at the top of the hill. Staple Hill car park is 1.5 miles on the left and is signed from the road.

28/01/2010 | Walk posted by Carrie Mason

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