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Staple Plain walk


Wander down through broadleaf woodland, into a bracken filled combe and up to the top of Beacon Hill to savour fantastic panoramic views across the Quantock Hills and beyond. Continue through lowland heathland, listening and looking out for red deer, skylark and Dartford warbler in this wildlife-rich environment.

Red deer near Staple Plain, Somerset
Red deer can often be spotted along a Quantock walk Jim Elliott


Map route for Staple Plain walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Staple Plain car park, grid ref: ST116410


Head towards the car park entrance, then go left past a wooden gate and fence to a track in the corner of the car park which is waymarked down into Weacombe Combe. The track heads steeply down at first, alongside woodland.


Follow the track down until it joins a path running along the bottom of Weacombe Combe. Turn left and follow this path up the combe, keeping the stream on your right. About half of the way up, the path crosses the stream. Cross over and continue to follow the path up the combe.

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At the top of the combe (on the opposite side where several tracks meet) is Bicknoller Post. From here, on a clear day, you can see over to Minehead and Dunkery Beacon in Exmoor. Turn left at these tracks and follow it away from the two hawthorn trees either side of the track, with Bicknoller Post behind you on the right.


When the track splits keep right and then continue walking straight on. Keep walking up the stony tracks in roughly a straight (northerly) direction.


Head over the crossroads and walk roughly 218yd (200m), where you will see a grassy track leading off to the left.


Follow this path up a gentle slope to the triangulation point; a concrete trig point.


Once at the trig point stop to take in the amazing views: Wales, Steep Holm in the Bristol Channel, Weston-Super-Mare, Brean Down, Bridgwater Bay, Quantock Common, Exmoor and Minehead can all be seen from here.

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The trig point is sited on a mound of stones (a cairn) with another a few metres away and a path just to the left of it. Head down this path until you reach the car park. While going down this path you'll pass through heathland of varying different ages, which attracts a range of wildlife, and also some bracken covered areas.

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Staple Plain car park, grid ref: ST116410

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Staple Plain walk


Circular walk through different habitats, with varied terrain. Steep slope at start of walk, with some steps. Most of the trail is along wide stone or grass tracks, with a section passing through a few streams which can be muddy during wet weather. Dogs welcome under close control or on a lead. 1 March to 31 July dogs must be on short leads.

Staple Plain walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01643 862452
Staple Plain walk

How to get here

Quantocks, Somerset
By train

Bridgwater, 14 miles (22.5km).

By road

13 miles (21km) from Bridgwater on A39 and 18 miles (29km) from Taunton on A358. Car park at Staple Plain (National Trust, no charge).

By bus

Service 14 from Bridgwater (passing close to train station), alight West Quantoxhead bus shelter. Then 1 mile (1.6km) by road into village and up Staple Lane, a steep hill on left, to car park.

By bicycle

Bridleways pass through Weacombe Combe at point 2 on map and up Staple Lane from West Quantoxhead along track to car park.

Staple Plain walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park