Information & advice
The Neroche area lies to the south of Wellington and Taunton in Somerset. It spans from Culmstock Beacon in the West, to beyond Castle Neroche in the East - and follows the escarpment seen to the south of the M5.
To Reach Neroche
The Neroche area is easily accessible from the M5 via the A38 or A358. To get to the trails head towards Staple Fitzpaine, 5 miles south of Taunton. From Taunton, take the B3170 through Corfe then turn left at the crossroads at the top of the hill sign-posted to Chard. Staple Hill car park is 1.5 miles and Castle Neroche car park is 3 miles. Both car parks are sign-posted from the road.
There are two car parks:
- Staple Hill map ref. ST 246 159
- Castle Neroche map ref. ST 273 156
Please note that the entrance to both car parks have a height restriction barrier. If you wish to bring a vehicle over 2.1m high, contact the office (01823 680846) and we will arrange for the barrier to be unlocked.
Bus services run into the area from Axminster, Cullompton, Honiton, Taunton and Wellington.
No. 26 Bus, operated by First Group, runs from Taunton Bus Station to Thurlbear School (1 minute walk to the north section of the Herepath Trail) twice a day, Monday - Friday only.
No. 99 Bus, operated by Cooks Buses, runs from Taunton to Chard via Staple Fitzpaine (1 mile to the west section of the Herepath Trail), Monday - Saturday, several times a day. This bus also passes Castle Neroche Farm which is a few minutes walk from Staple Fitzpaine Herepath.
No. 20A Bus, operated by Cooks Buses, runs from Taunton to Hemyock, via Nicholashayne and Culmstock.
No. 20 Bus, operated by Cooks Buses, runs from Taunton to Honiton, via Nicholashayne, Culmstock and Hemyock.
For full details see Traveline South West
The nearest train stations are Taunton and Tiverton Parkway.
For up to date timetable information visit Traveline South West or call 0871 200 22 33
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The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website will tell you more about the Blackdown Hills; its landscape, its history, and events taking place in the countryside.
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