A popular ride with locals and visitors, there is much to experience along the way from reminders of World War II (the Taunton Stop Line defences), to a birdwatching haven at Chard Reservoir, home to many waterfowl, woodland birds and birds of prey.
From Ilminster, you can continue further to Bridgwater on level minor roads and then beside the River Parrett. You’ll pass the National Trust property Barrington Court, Kingsbury Episcopi, Langport and the ruins of Muchelney Abbey. The Chard, Ilminster and Bridgwater route is part of the Wessex Way which, when fully developed, will stretch from Weston-super-Mare to Seaton and Lyme Regis.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.