Nutcombe Bottom

Visitor information

See England's tallest tree at Nutcombe Bottom!

Nutcombe Bottom is a popular walking and picnic site near Dunster.

Nutcombe Bottom is home to some of England’s tallest trees, wihch you can admire along the Tall Trees Trail.

At a glance

  • Walking trail
  • Picnic area
  • Play equipment
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Pack your sense of adventure and join Forest Catkins at Nutcombe Bottom for a journey you'll never forget.

Tree Toddlers

From sensory play to nature walks, your tots will giggle, learn, and create unforgettable memories amidst the wonders of nature as the forest transforms into a magical playground to be discovered.

Forest School for Grown-Ups

Who says playtime is just for kids? Gather around our cozy campfire and let your inner child run wild. Forest School for Grown-Ups is a fantastic opportunity to unwind, socialize, and indulge in nature-inspired fun from storytelling under the stars to crafty woodland adventures.

Seasonal Holiday Events

Action-packed seasonal holiday events feature everything from sunny summer escapades to spooky Halloween haunts and magical Christmas wonderlands. Each event is bursting with themed activities, laughter, and boundless joy for the whole family.

Family Fern Day

Let the magic of Nutcombe Bottom bring your loved ones closer together and create unforgettable memories under the canopy of our enchanted forest. From thrilling treasure hunts to nature-inspired crafts and games, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


Unleash your creativity and dive into a world of hands-on fun with our captivating workshops. Whether you're foraging for wild treasures, creating colourful masterpieces with felting, or capturing the beauty of nature through sun printing, there's a workshop to ignite your passion and spark your imagination.

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Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at Nutcombe Bottom. Just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

The Tall Trees Trail is a short, easy access tour of some of Nutcombe Bottom's tallest specimens dating from the 1870s.

Nearby forests

Views from top of hill over Exmoor

Found in the Brendon Hills of Exmoor National Park, just north of the small village of Luxborough, Croydon Hill provides the perfect backdrop for you to enjoy the tranquility of Somerset. 

Known locally as a great spot for bird watching, make sure you bring your binoculars and camera to capture the local wildlife! 

Aerial view of Bearland Chimney at Chargot Wood

Located in Exmoor National Park just a short drive from Taunton, Chargot Wood is a beautiful coniferous woodland that provides a tranquil environment and an exciting range of wildlife.

Chargot is also a hub for the West Somerset Mineral Line with a variety of fascinating industrial heritage to explore.

Somerset hill

A mixture of broad-leaved trees and conifers, and part of the larger forest stretching right up to the coast, Kennisham Hill is a wildlife-spotter’s paradise.

Bring your binoculars and see if you can spot the Cheddar Pink flower (which can only be found in Somerset) horseshoe bat, or the wood white butterfly.

beech and oak tree

Found on the north end of the Quantock Ridge, enjoy glorious views over the Bristol Channel and across to Exmoor. This small wood is not well known by tourists making it a stunning secret get away, perfect for a quiet ride or dog walk. 

Historically, the area formed part of the Quantoxhead Estate and was planted in the late 18th Century. By 1911 the woodland supported 120 fallow and 25 red deer.

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