GUIDED walks are taking place over the Quantocks which examine “deserted medieval villages” and the “clues they left behind” which tell the tale of life in Somerset 1,000 years ago.

Dan Broadbent, historic heritage officer with the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme is leading the walks, which will visit four separate medieval village sites between Nether Stowey and the River Parrett.

Organisers said the walks would be suitable for all ages: “Walkers will be able to choose from a variety of guided walks of varying lengths, so there will be something to suit everyone, from keen hikers and ramblers to families looking for a more leisurely stroll in the countryside.”

They added that walkers should come prepared for all weathers: “Please wear suitable footwear, we suggest either walking shoes or boots. Also a rain-coat, sun hat, sun protection cream and a bottle of drinking water. Please bring a picnic lunch or snack.”

The tour is part of the sixth annual Quantock Hills Walking Festival, which will see a number of events take place across the area of outstanding natural beauty over the three days from Friday, June 14.

The festival is also hosting a mobility scooter ramble, catering to users of 4mph and 8mph scooters, as well as their family and friends, travelling through the Great Wood in Over Stowey. The scooter ramble, which takes place from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, June 16, will be followed by a picnic on the green. Event organisers said the ground would be firm and accessible - but bumpy.

The medieval tours are set to take place on Sunday, June 16, from 9.30am, with participants meeting at St Mary’s Church Centre in the morning.

Tickets for the guided walks cost £6 per person - with organisers advising booking is essential.