Discover Shepton Mallet's Scenic Walks During National Walking Month: Boost Your Health and Lift Your Spirits

By Debbie Murphy

15th May 2023 | Local Features

With National Walking Month upon us, Practice Plus Group Hospital in Shepton Mallet have been busy collecting information about the local area for the best places to stretch the legs.

Exercise is good for us. Whether you've recently undergone surgery, are recovering from injury or just someone who wants to be active, taking a walk can bring a smile. It can also reduce the risk of depression, heart disease and conditions like Type 2 diabetes.

So, grab your walking shoes, enjoy the longer days and take a look at these walks.

Collett Park

A three-time winner of the Green Flag award, Collett Park is a beautiful open space located in the heart of Shepton Mallet. The park features well-maintained paths that are perfect for a gentle stroll. The ornamental gardens provide the sights and smells while plenty of benches offer opportunities to rest.

Shepton Mallet Circular Walk

The Shepton Mallet Circular Walk is a 3-mile route that wends its way through the town and its surrounding countryside. The walk is relatively flat and easy, making it ideal for post-surgery recovery. You'll pass through quiet lanes, meadows, and woodlands as you take in the stunning views of the Mendip Hills. The route is well signposted, so you won't have to worry about getting lost.

East Mendip Way

If you're up for a slightly more challenging walk, the East Mendip Way may be perfect for you. The trail is 8.5 miles long and takes you through some of the most scenic parts of the Mendip Hills. You'll pass through ancient woodlands, historic villages, and expansive fields. While the trail does have some ups and downs, it's still suitable for those further along their recovery process. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and take plenty of breaks as needed.

Glastonbury Tor

If you're feeling up for a bit of a climb, Glastonbury Tor is a must-visit. The tor is a hill located just outside of Shepton Mallet, and the climb to the top is relatively steep. However, the views from the top are breathtaking, and the sense of accomplishment is well worth the effort. Take your time, go at your own pace, and remember to wear sturdy footwear.

For those with mobility issues, Practice Plus Group, one of the UK's largest independent providers of NHS treatment, and can offer help with joint surgery and treatment plans. Ask your GP for an NHS referral or you can self-refer privately here  

You can call the hospital for more information on fast access joint surgery where there is currently a 4-week wait guarantee, getting you seen and treated in super quick time. Visit


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