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Somerset Knights Quest Independent (self- guided) holiday, staying in one place


“Thank you. I have passed your name onto a few people who might be interested to do what we did, highly recommended I must add.� Roger, Barbara, Dan & Kerrie, Canada


Somerset Knights Quest Independent (self-guided) walking / hiking tour We love Somerset for its relaxed, rural feel. An ancient place that is steeped in considerable myth, legend and history. Somerset takes its name from some of its early people, the sum mer people. The South, where our trail is located, is quiet, gentle and deep in history. Take our Knights Quest to discover an abbey with Saxon origins, where some of the first Kings of Wessex lie buried, a bronze age hill fort, once large enough to host an entire army and, of course, who can ignore the whispers and rumours that this was once King Arthur's Camelot. Weaved between rolling hills, sweeping views and swaying grasses, this is a fabulous experience in a beautiful part of South West England. Warm regards, Alison Howell

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Your Foot Trail This is a 'Staying in One Place' style of walking trip that will enable you to capture both the spirit and beauty of South Somerset. 'Somerset Knights Quest' is set on the Somerset / Dorset borders, not far from the ancient country town of Sherborne. Somerset, land of the Sum mer people, is steeped in history and a little legendary mystique, from beautiful villages to dramatic castle ruins, big views and tales of knights. On our walks you will enjoy some wonderful contrasts and variety. You will walk on pastures, through villages and explore ancient hill forts. Woodlands, babbling brooks and sweeping curving hills, there's a peace and tranquillity about the landscape we are sure you will enjoy.

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Pick of the highlights

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Where?

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Sample daily itinerary

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Hand-picked guest house

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Our pick of the highlights * Explore historic hamstone villages with their gorgeous cottages. * Enjoy beautiful rural views to a distant Glastonbury Tor. * Visit the site of an ancient bronze age fort, once large enough to house an entire army. * Follow the pilgrim's trail towards Sherborne, market town. * Marvel at the sights and acoustics of Sherborne Abbey, where some of the first Kings of Wessex lie.. * Walk around not one, but two castles. * See a 16th century manor house. * Taste wonderful local produce including cheeses, meat, preserves and breads. * Try the wonderful, locally produced, ciders!

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Where? Somerset is in South West England and is bordered by Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon. How to get here? “Somerset Knights Quest� is located near Sherborne, Dorset. The nearest train station for arrivals is Sherborne. Travel is approximately 2 hours 14 minutes from London Waterloo. From further afield the nearest airports can be found at Bristol and London Heathrow. Airport cars can make the most convenient transfer and we are happy to arrange this for you.

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Sample daily itinerary... Day One – Arrive and Relax Refresh and then maybe take time to do a short walk and get some fresh air and seek out the beacon! Trail - On Corton Hill –1.5 miles. A short complimentary walk to explore the area around your inn. Return to enjoy the hospitality of the inn and dinner. Day Two – Out on the Trail! Awake and then enjoy breakfast prepared by the inn. Trail - “The Knights Quest” - 7.75 or 8.5 miles (7 or 8 km), decide on the day. Today's trail offers inspiring walking filled with pastoral views of rural England. Up on the ridge the vistas stretch dreamily for miles across the Yeo valley. An agricultural area. You can explore historic ham stone Somerset villages with their gorgeous cottages and wander inside the rare 13th century church. At the hill fort of Cadbury, the view from the top extends all the way across Somerset to the distant Glastonbury Tor. Legend says this was King Arthur's stronghold. Whether or not that is true, the impressive ditches and banks you can still see today made the hill fort practically impenetrable. Return to the inn and enjoy drinks on the patio, followed by dinner. 9


Day Three – To Sherborne! Coffee or Tea and breakfast to set you up for your day, time then to explore. Trail - “Into Sherborne” - 5.5 or 8 miles (8 or 11 km), decide on the day. Walk the ridge on this great trail that leads you to the ancient county town called Sherborne. Your feet will follow in the footsteps of those that have trodden these ancient trails for many centuries before you. The include farmers taking their animals to see at market as well as pilgrims who were visiting the great abbey at Sherborne. There are great views, rolling hills and tales of two castles on this trail. You will arrive into the old market town where you can explore and enjoy the cafes and, if you wish to, walk around the castles, which is well worth doing. The abbey is world renowned and another place well worth a visit. Founded by St Aldhelm in AD 705 the abbey has developed from a Saxon cathedral. The acoustics and ceiling are both incredible. When you have finished exploring a transport drop off will take you back to your country inn (included).

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“Thank you, Foot Trails, for a superbly organised walking holiday in Somerset and Dorset. Your attention to detail was much appreciated as I followed your precise instructions and useful map.� Barbara, USA


Day Four – One last walk? Enjoy your breakfast, check out of your bedroom and then leave your luggage with the inn whilst you enjoy one last walk. Trail - “Ghostly Tales” - 5 miles (8 km) An optional short trail to complete your break. Taking you through countryside that is rural and peaceful, off the beaten track. The walk features a wonderful church and also a 16th century manor house which is said to be haunted.

Return to the inn, refresh and then make your onward travel.

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Where you stay We know our guests will be well cared for at this sumptuous, award-winning country inn, run by the lovely Gordon and Jeanette, and their family. The 18th century building houses 8 beautifully decorated bedrooms where you can rest your head and refresh. At each breakfast and dinner you can dine on the freshly produced local and seasonal food. Much of which is produced on Gordon and Jeanette's farm, grown in the village or sourced from the region. Set in a small village with a church, you are well placed to step out and enjoy the views.

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What's included and prices Somerset Knights Quest is available weekends and mid week. Prices from: 3 nights from £295 per person* 4 nights from £395 per person* 5 nights from £455 per person* *Based on two sharing a standard double or twin en-suite in low season. Included in your tour: •Independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season •Tailored Walk and Explore Box •Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof) •Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions) •Plastic map holder •Local stories and histories •Recom mended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes •Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals • Seasonal nature guide book •Sweets (for a boost en route) •Your en-suite accom modation in a classic en-suite bedroom (superior upgrades available) • Breakfasts. •Transport drop off service to the start of your trail on one day. Availability:

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3, 4, 5 and 6 night holidays are available year round. Your holiday will be planned for you to your dates and for how long you wish to stay. There are no fixed scheduled dates.


Words from our guests “We LOVED our trip, and would book again, and recommend to family and friends. Wonderful, beautiful days, beautiful countryside.” Adrienne, Renne & Bunny

“Very enjoyable with excellent organisation, I was impressed with the quality of all the services that were used.” Annette

“Thoroughly enjoyable 3 days of walking with all the hassle taken out of organising a break away. I have walked the South West Coast Path, Cotswolds Way, South Downs Way and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. My first experience with having all the arrangements done for me, a real treat.” Susie

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Why a Foot Trail? A Foot Trail avoids the formulaic nature, crowds and predictability of mass tourism and focuses instead purely on the quality of your experience. Take a Foot Trail and you will explore deep beneath the surface. You will walk and hike in real and authentic places. Enjoy real, not manufactured mo ments. Shared conversations with a local person, the stillness of time spent in beautiful landscapes and the joy of encountering stories and mo ments from England's past. Three words describe a Foot Trail perfectly.

Journey - real – crafted “My over-riding memory of my hike in England was of an overwhelming prettiness, as well as a calibre of food that was far more local, whole and mindful than I had expected. I really wasn't expecting the South West of England to have such an informed foodie focus.” Sarah Wilson, Australian foodie author.

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Foot Trails hand-pick each country inn and accom modation, we plan and create each walking trail and each trip or vacation by hand from scratch. We work with


local people and in partnership with rural businesses, creating memorable and authentic travel on foot that also impacts positively on the same rural communities and economies.

To book Call +44 (0) 1747 820 626 with your chosen date, we will then confirm your place for you upon which a 35% deposit will be payable. Full balances due 8 weeks before arrival. PayPal & all major credit & debit cards accepted. +44 (0) 1747 820 626 (landline) 056 0366 7087 (voip) Enquire@FootTrails.co.uk www.FootTrails.co.uk www.facebook.com/foottrails www.twitter.com/foottrailsUK www.issuu.com/foottrailsUK The Studio 16 Abbey Churchyard Bath

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