Nunney Castle walks are popular not just because of the stunning countryside and heritage, but also the village’s proximity to the Mendips and Macmillan Way.
Nunney Castle walks focus on the 14th century ruin at the heart of the village, but there is a lot more to see and explore in and around Nunney.
Walking groups, social clubs and individual walking enthusiasts will find Nunney a welcome pit stop on their route. Free parking is available at Castle Hill, Nunney, and Nunney Castle is certainly worth a detour.
Both The George at Nunney and Moat & Turret ‘Cafe by the Castle’ welcome walkers and their dogs. Rows of muddy boots are a familiar sight, as their owners recover from walks in and around Nunney or a long hiking tour through the West Country.
With the beautiful Mendip Hills, Longleat and Stourhead estates on our doorstep, there is a wealth of culture, flora and fauna to enjoy for walkers of all ages and abilities. Kingfishers are often seen darting around Nunney Castle and Wiltshire’s famous white horses can be spotted across the fields from miles away.
If you are planning walking tours in Somerset and the Mendips, the ancient woods, streams and historic monuments around Nunney make it the ideal base for walking holidays and short breaks.
With Bath to the north, Wells to the west and the historic market towns of Frome, Warminster and Shepton Mallet around the corner, walks in and around Nunney are perfect for social clubs, rambling groups and other hikers for extended hiking tours and short walks alike.
The Walking in Somerset website has a lot of useful information, including hundreds of walks to download for free.
Suggested walks in Nunney
If you’re looking for less strenuous walks in and around Nunney, we recommend a circular walk from the visitor car park, past Nunney Castle and across the footbridge towards Nunney All Saints Church.
Turn left and follow the road past the ancient Market Cross; take the first turn left into Donkey Lane and continue past Coombe Farm, through the gate on the right and along the path with the Nunney Brook on your left.
Where the path widens to a meadow you have a choice. Either walk across the little footbridge and follow the path through the field back to Nunney or continue straight on along the Nunney Brook.
In early spring the path is lined with thousands of bluebells, but it’s a very pretty walk at any time of year. Be careful though! After heavy rain the path may be muddy and slippery and you are adviced to take extra care.
Download the Nunney village trail, an easy circular walk of approximately 1.5 miles around the centre of Nunney.
Nunney Castle walks can be part of a much longer – and more energetic – effort too.
The Macmillan Way runs from Boston on the Lincolnshire coast to the Dorset coast at Abbotsbury.
Walkers raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charitable organisation that helps people living with cancer by providing them with expert care and practical and emotional support.
People who walk the Macmillan Way make donations through money raise from sponsorship by friends, relatives and colleagues.