Near Bristol: Discover the breathtaking Somerset Hills with the Dundry Hilltop walk

Walking through a lush field with views of the Somerset Hills and reservoirs on the Dundry Hilltop walk

Escape to the Somerset Hills and walk through the charming village and across the beautiful countryside of Dundry. Located just 15 minutes south of Bristol, the Dundry Hilltop walk offers a serene escape to rolling hills, charming country lanes, lush fields and breathtaking scenery. This circular walk boasts spectacular views of the city of Bristol, the Somerset Hills, the Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills. You can even stop for a picnic along the way.

Location: Dundry, Somerset

Walk difficulty: Easy

Time: 1 to 1 ½ hours

Distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)

Explore rolling fields and admire breathtaking scenery of Bristol and the Somerset Hills

This country walk begins at the Somerset village of Dundry. Set on a hill, the quaint village commands 360° views of Bristol, the Bristol Channel, South Wales, the Somerset Hills and the Mendip Hills. Apart from the breathtaking scenery, Dundry’s key attraction is the imposing 15th century church. The medieval church towers over the village and the hill, and can be spotted throughout this walk.

Views of the city of Bristol and the village and church of Dundry from a field
Views of the city of Bristol

The Dundry Hilltop walk begins at the village car park (more aptly described as a lay-by). This country walk starts off with a leisurely stroll along a country path and through lush fields. In the first section of this walk, you can enjoy amazing views of the city of Bristol, the Bristol Channel and South Wales.

As you continue along the ridge of Dundry Hill, you can admire breathtaking views of the Somerset Hills and the Barrow Gurney reservoirs lying at the foot of the hill. This country walk then leads you through rolling fields and past a farm to the other side of the hill.

Views of reservoirs and Somerset Hills in Dundry
Views of the Barrow Gurney reservoirs

Discover charming country lanes and enjoy stunning views of the Chew Valley

On the other side of Dundry Hill, you can admire stunning views of the Somerset Hills, the Chew Valley, the Chew Valley Lake and the Mendip Hills. This country walk then takes you along a charming country lane hugged by lush fields. This section of the walk is picture-perfect and is the highlight of this walk. With the sun and clouds playing a game of cat and mouse over the rolling hills, the Somerset scenery is awe-inspiring.

A charming country lane with views of rolling hills on the Dundry Hilltop walk
The most charming country lane in Somerset

You then stroll along a quiet country road hugged by untidy shrubs to the outskirts of Dundry. After walking down a back lane past houses and garages, you once again cross verdant fields, meet sheep grazing the day away and enjoy even more breathtaking views of the Somerset Hills. The Dundry Hilltop walk finishes off with a wander through the quaint village, past the imposing church and back to the car park.

Dundry Hilltop walk instructions

1. From the car park, go through the gate and follow the stone path. At the next gate, continue straight ahead through the field, aiming for the right of the pylon, and cross over the stone stile. Cross the field diagonally – If the field is in full bloom, go round the edge of the field to the opposite corner.

2. Go through the gate, cross the farmyard and go through the following gate. Cross the road and go through the gate straight ahead into the field, following the signpost for the Monarch’s Way. Continue straight ahead up the hill following the man-made path, go through the gate and continue through the following field.

3. Go through the gate and turn right onto a country lane. Go through the next gate and continue straight ahead along the road. At the junction, keep right along the same road, and at the start of the village, turn right onto a lane between the houses (do not cross the cattle grid).

4. At the end of the lane, go through the gate into the field and continue straight ahead, keeping the hedge to your left. Go through the gate on your left into the next field and continue straight ahead into the following field, this time keeping the hedge to your right.

5. When you reach the corner of the field below the pylon, turn left, keeping the hedge to your right, and go through the gate onto the country lane. Go through the gate onto the road and follow the road straight ahead into the village, past the church and back to the car park.

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Views of verdant field in the foreground, and the Chew Valley, the Chew Valley lake and the Mendip Hills in the background
Views of the Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills

Dundry Hilltop walk details

Location: Dundry, Somerset

Difficulty: Easy

Time: Approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours

Distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)

Ascent: Gentle

Trail condition: Muddy in some areas, especially in the fields

Accessibility: Not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or bikes

Parking: Dundry Downs Road car park (BS41 8LQ)

Facilities: Toilets and pubs available in Dundry

Notes: Come prepared for strong winds. Please be mindful of livestock and keep your dogs on a lead

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Wild ponies on the moorland of Black Down
Wild ponies on the moorland of Black Down

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Views of Old Sodbury from the Frome Valley Walkway
Views of Old Sodbury

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Reference: Parish of Dundry

Featured image: Breathtaking scenery of the Somerset Hills and the Barrow Gurney reservoirs 

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