USERS of the HiiKER app have named Barle Valley a top hiking trail in Somerset.

A 12.2km looped trail, starting and ending in Somerset West and Taunton, can be completed in roughly three hours 50 minutes, with the trail graded as ‘medium’ in difficulty.

HiiKER aims to prioritise the safety of hikers, allowing them free offline maps, helping users save phone battery and have easy access to a map at anytime.

Paul Finlay, chief executive and founder of HiiKER, said: "Hiker safety is our absolute priority.

"Offering hikers free offline maps on HiiKER,means that everyone can feel confident that they're on track, regardless of mobile service.”

Julian Gray, director of South West Coast Path Association, said: "HiiKER is our first coast path friendly app, giving back to protect this world class trail.

"Having free access to maps offline is a great step forward as it’s often when you’re in remote areas with poor signal that you need access to information quickly.”

Story by Esther Davies.