The footpaths in Burtle are a small part of the County’s network of nearly 4000 miles as recorded in the 1950s.
Originally, in the absence of tarmac roads, they were created as walking ways to work, church, school or the next village. For example, BW14/22 gave access to what were the village allotments.
Nowadays the paths have an increasingly important leisure role, and the Parish Council organises a number of walks each year as social events.
Most of the marked paths are open and accessible. None is particularly long or arduous, and all offer excellent wildlife watching opportunities. Walkers may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a hare, weasel or watervole. In winter the resident birds are joined by flocks of starling on their way to roost in the reserves at Ham Wall or Shapwick, and sometimes by significant numbers of lapwing.
Please observe the country code when you walk, and take particular care if your dog is with you.
Footpaths on red dotted lines.