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Popular with local walkers but relatively unknown to those from further afield, Somerset’s Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills (both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) are fantastic for exploring on foot.

The Quantock Hills is a lovely area of gentle slopes, wooded valleys, glistening streams and pretty villages complete with red sandstone cottages and charming churches. Climbing to the modest summits (the highest is 275 metres) can provide wonderful views across the surrounding counties.

The plateau of the Blackdown Hills, sitting on the Devon-Somerset border, offers a surprisingly wild and remote feel with excellent views. The plateau is dissected by deep valleys, through which meander country lanes lined by hedgerows leading to traditional villages and hamlets.

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