What better way to offset the overindulgence of Christmas Day than to head out on a Boxing Day walk?

After a cosy, and possibly chaotic, day at home celebrating Christmas with the family, getting out in the open air, stretching your legs, and taking in the beautiful scenery Somerset has to offer is, for many, the perfect follow up.

If you don’t get into the outdoors too often, or you’re getting bored of your usual green spaces, there are a plethora of locations to discover in Somerset – here are our suggestions.

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Somerset Boxing Day walks

Somerset County Gazette: Wrap up warm for a bracing walk this Boxing Day. Picture: PAWrap up warm for a bracing walk this Boxing Day. Picture: PA

The Quantocks

Partially cared for by the National Trust, this area flows between heathland, woodland and valley.

The scenery is breath-taking throughout and there’s so much of it to explore. If you’ve never been, head for Beacon Hill and Bicknoller Hill which offer great walking conditions.

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Burrow Mump

This historic site stands above the striking Somerset Levels and once you’ve tackled its steep banks, the views at the summit are quite something.

The ruined church at the top makes for great photos – perfect for your Boxing Day Instagram post.

Avalon Marshes

Walk the land in the same way our human ancestors did by heading out to Avalon Marshes this Boxing Day.

Take one of five of the replica wooden tracks, constructed to depict how people got around the marshland up to 4,500 years ago.

Brean Down

One of Somerset’s great coastline landmarks, Brean Down stands more than 300ft high reaching out into the Bristol Channel.

Packed with history and with breathtaking views, it’s a great option for your Boxing Day walk.

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Tarr Steps

Choose between a short circular walk or a longer more challenging hike around this striking section of Exmoor National Park and the iconic clapper bridge formed from large pieces of stone.

You might even choose to venture out into the wooded valley of the River Barle or the Winsford Hill heathland where you might be lucky enough to spot the wild ponies roaming there.