Wiveliscombe is a small historic former market town in the foothills of the Brendon Hills in western Somerset, close to Exmoor National Park. This rural community has a population of three thousand and provides all day to day needs and services. The Wiveliscombe Circular Walks publication ISBN 0-9552851-0-0 describes a selection of circular walks, which start and finish in the town. It includes short walks for beginners and families, and the challenge of the 23 mile Wivey Way which can be walked in a day, or broken down into manageable sections which lead back to Wiveliscombe at various points.
Wiveliscombe is 10 miles west of Taunton at the head of the gentle Vale of Taunton Deane. Maundown Hill rises to 307m and the higher Brendon hills to 400m, which offer great views of Exmoor, the Quantock and Blackdown hills and the north Somerset coast, across the Bristol Channel to Wales. For those who want even more variety, the Quantocks, Blackdown Hills, Exmoor, and the Somerset Levels are just a short journey away.
Wiveliscombe is at the centre of The 10 Parishes rural hinterland, which offers a range of accommodation from hotels, B & Bs, self-catering cottages, and caravan sites. There are several eating places in and around the town, from pubs to good quality restaurants, which usually use locally sourced produce, and serve beer from Wiveliscombe's two breweries.
There are plans to link walking breaks with other activities such as the bi-annual 10 Parishes Arts Festival, Brewfest, and other outdoor activities such as watersports at Wimbleball Lake. Wiveliscombe can easily be reached by public transport from all parts of the country and private transport is not essential for a full and varied walking holiday.