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Monument meander


Take a walk along a beech-lined avenue that opens out onto a wildlife rich meadow surrounding the Monument. This is an ideal place for a picnic or to fly your kite. Stroll on past the Monument, a tribute to the ‘Iron Duke’, before descending into the depths of Firs Plantation.

Misty woodland on the Blackdown Hills, Somerset
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Map route for monument meander walk
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Wellington Monument car park, grid ref: ST143167


Starting from the car park head around the metal barrier and down the wide beech-lined avenue.

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At the end of the avenue you'll come out to the edge of an area of grassland. Head across the grassland directly towards the Monument, a tribute to Arthur Wellesley (the Duke of Wellington), built as an expression of gratitude after the Battle of Waterloo. The Wellington Monument is an impressive landmark in the local landscape, which now stands 175ft (53m) high. The grassland is studded with flowers such as field scabious, birds-foot trefoil and lousewort. This is a popular feeding place for green woodpeckers.

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Bear to the right-hand side of the Monument and go around it until you come to a gravel path and steps that head down into the woodland. Follow these steps down into the beech woodland and then further down along a slope.

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Near the bottom of the slope, there's a metal gate on your left with a path leading away behind it, take this path. This is the boundary path along the bottom of the woodland and can be quite muddy. Keep your eyes peeled for veteran oaks, beech and sweet chestnut all providing fantastic habitat for bats and birds. Tree creeper and nuthatch can often be seen, although you'll need to do a dusk walk to see the bats.


After a short while you'll come to a bank with old beech trees growing on it and a metal gate directly in front of you. Turn left before the gate and, keeping the bank on your right, follow the track gently upwards.


After a short distance the track curves left and goes steeply uphill, keep following this track along, with another hedge bank immediately on your left. At the top of the slope the track widens out and has many tree roots in it.


Go through a gap in the earth bank which crosses your path, a few steps further ahead you'll come back onto the edge of the grassland around the Monument.


Follow the track around the edge of the grassland and then back down the beech avenue to the car park.


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Wellington Monument car park, grid ref: ST143167

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The tracks and paths on this walk range from gravel stone tracks to muddy paths, especially through the woodland. There are a set of steps down into the woodland and a short steep slope back up. Tree roots create very uneven terrain in places through the woodland, so wear some decent walking boots.

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Monument meander

How to get here

Wellington Monument, Wellington, Nr Taunton, Somerset
By train

Taunton, 8 miles (12.9km).

By road

Off M5 at Junction 26, then head towards Wellington. At roundabout take first exit onto A38. After about 1 mile (3.2km) turn left onto Monument Road. At the top of a steep section of road you’ll come to a crossroads, turn right. Entrance to Monument car park is 218yd (200m) on right.

Monument meander

Facilities and access

  • There are no toilet facilities on site, the nearest are in Wellington, approx 1 mile away
  • For refreshment, try the local cafés and pubs in Wellington