By car

The Blackdown Hills can be accessed from the M5 at junctions 25 to 29, close to Taunton, Wellington, Tiverton, Cullompton and Honiton. The A358 skirts the AONB’s eastern border from Taunton, through Chard to Axminster.

The only A-road within the Blackdown Hills is the A303/A30. From the 358 near Ilminster, the A303 travels south west through the Blackdown Hills linking up with the A30 and A35 at Honiton.

By bike

If you’re touring on your bicycle, Blackdown Hills AONB can be accessed from National Cycle Network route 33 which starts in Bristol and crosses Somerset and Devon on its way to the English Channel at Seaton.

By train

The closest railway stations are at Honiton and Taunton.

By bus

There are a few bus services through the Blackdown Hills, but be aware that some services only run once a day in each direction, and some do not operate on certain days.

Here are some you might like to try:

First Group route 99 – from Taunton to Chard via Staple Fitzpaine, Buckland St Mary, Combe St Nicholas and Wolford.

Stagecoach route 20 – from Honiton, through Combe Raleigh, Dunkeswell, Hemyock, Culmstock, Samford Moor, and then on to Wellington and Taunton.

Redwoods Travel 682 – A circular route from Honiton to Yarcombe, Upottery, Rawridge, and Monkton.

Dartline Coaches 387 – From Honiton, to Monkton, Rawridge, Upottery, Smeatharpe, Churchinford, and on to Taunton.

 

For more information on train and bus routes and timetables visit Traveline South West.

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