Castle Neroche and Curland
4 miles, hilly
6.4 Km (4 miles)
From Castle Neroche the route is downhill all the way to Curland. The second half then takes you steadily back up to the height of around 850 feet above sea level where you began. A particularly good walk in the bluebell season.
Castle Neroche is located on the edge of a steep natural escarpment, which forms the northern edge of the Blackdown Hills. It occupies a strategic location overlooking Central Somerset and was situated at the edge of an extensive Royal Hunting Forest.
The castle is a Scheduled Monument and was re-surveyed by English Heritage in 2003. This has resulted in a re-interpretation of the earthworks suggesting three principle phases of activity dating from the Prehistoric (Later Iron Age) period, the Post Conquest (Norman) period and the mid 12th century during a period known as ‘The Anarchy’ (1238-1248).
Castle Neroche Car Park (Map ref. ST 274 157)