Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks

Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks
Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks

“Cothelstone Hill is managed by the AONB Service, on behalf of Somerset County Council, who bought the land in 1973 for its landscape and wildlife value and for its use by the public for air and exercise. The main management tool of the hill top is a herd of Exmoor Ponies, a hardy breed
who are well suited to the harsh weather often associated with the hilltop. “

Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks
Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks

Recently when we visited Somerset we walked at Cothelstone Hill. We set off from the main car, which does get busy at peak times of year, we saw numerous cars looking for a space unsuccessfully just after we found a space. Armed with this information and map kindly printed out for me by Emma at Somerset Yurts, where we stayed we headed up the hill.

This round walk, with a distance of 2.5 miles and a rough time of 1.5 hours was just the right length for me as I took Kitty, age 7 and Ozzy age 5. We walked the route backwards and one of the things we loved about the route was the variety of scenery, from the great views on top to the soon-to-be-in-bloom huge bluebell wood with it’s deer.

On top you could see for miles on a clear day, alas on our visit it was pretty hazy, but lovely nevertheless.

Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks
Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks

We chose the top to sit and eat our picnic, by a Bronze-Age burial mound. It’s not the usual halfway-round rule that I’d make for family walks but the views, though hazy, were smashing and it seemed a shame to waste them. Oscar managed to photograph the mood perfectly…

Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill

We descended down then, into the woodland area. In the Easter holiday the signs of a huge amount of bluebells to come was everywhere. End of April, start of May this walk is going to transform from good into fantastic when they all start to bloom.

Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill

“The walk takes you through a mixed woodland of ash, hazel and oak, where you can see woodpeckers, nuthatch and tawny owls throughout the year. A summer migrant is that of the pied flycatcher, the male is easily recognisable by its black and white plumage often seen in the tree canopy. In early spring the woodland floor comes alive with a carpet of bluebells.”

Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Boys walking boots
Boys walking boots
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Cothelstone Hill
Children in den
Children in den


Handy information

Quotes and map used from QuantockHills.com

Staying locally: Somerset Yurts

Eating locally: The Pines Cafe & Restaurant

0 replies on “ Cothelstone Hill, Quantocks ”
  1. It looks wonderful, I love that it offers variety along the route so you don’t feel like you are walking on a never ending pathway. Beautiful photos as always but loving Kitty and Ozzy in the woodland den.

  2. What an utterly gorgeous place. Please say hi to the bluebells for me when they come out. They weren’t even close to ready when I was at my Mum’s last week…

  3. Ahh Annie, that picture of them holding hands is so cute and yes loads of variety in he scenery, it looks great. Mich x

  4. Oh that’s home from home for you I thought – one woodland to another – but quite a different perspective when you view those hills compared to the New Forest. So glad you enjoyed such a beautiful walk. Gorgeous photos, as ever 🙂

  5. Gorgeous. Beautiful pictures. Love the shot that Ozzy took. Looks like you had a great stay at Somerset Yurts (again). X

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