Footpaths

Staplegrove has an excellent network of footpaths leading from the heart of the village either into Taunton or out into the countryside.

The West Deane Way is a circular 45 mile walk through the varied countryside of the Vale of Taunton Deane that passes through Staplegrove. Surprising vistas, spectacular views and picturesque villages hidden among gentle hills make it a pleasant introduction to the delights of this unspoilt area. The route follows the River Tone passing through a variety of landscapes including the river’s flood plain and its wooded valley as it skirts the Brendon Hills. It then rises to the undulating slopes of the Quantock Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. The walk is designed to take in the villages of this untouched area of Somerset which offers pubs, places to stay and local crafts. A copy of the booklet “The West Deane Way” may be obtained from bookshops and Taunton and Wellington Tourist Information Centres.

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One of the best short walks from the centre of Staplegrove and back again is of about 1½ miles and 45 minutes duration. Take the footpath from the Grove about 50 yards to the west of the church car park that heads in a northerly direction, with a field on the left and a tall hedge to the right. Following this path for some 400 yds as it alternates with hedgerows first on the right, then on the left after a stile, then again on the right after passing through a gateway, brings you to the top of Rag Hill. Here there is a magnificent view over the north of Taunton Deane towards the Quantock Hills and slightly to the left towards Minehead and North Hill; to the far left are the Brendon hills and the start of Exmoor National Park. Following the path straight down the hill and through two gates brings you onto Langford lane at a small mill leat and waterfalls. Turn right here and follow the country lane, past Burlands Farm, home of Staplecombe wines, to a T junction and here turn right. Continue on this lane, uphill after a couple of bends coming back into Staplegrove village. Beside and just before the old school house on your right is a small iron gate and pathway that leads through the church yard and will bring you back to the Church car park.

Exploring Taunton Deane, a series of walk leaflets, are available from  The Library, Tourist Information Office and Taunton Deane Borough Council, Deane House.   Number 8, Staplegrove and Norton Hillfort,  is  a circular walk of great and varied interest starting as the above one from Staplegrove Church car park. This particular walk is around 6-7 miles and would probably take around 4 hours at a leisurely pace, exploring the places of interest described on the leaflet. You can request a copy of the leaflet from Deane House by emailing heritage.landscape@tauntondeane.gov.uk or by downloading a copy from the the Taunton Deane Borough Council website (search for ‘circular walks’)