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The Somerset Space Walk is a model of the solar system set out in a sculptural trail model.
You and your friends or family can enjoy an adventurous afternoon walking along 14 mile towpath as you track the Sun and its planets set out in their proportionally accurate sizes and distances apart. The Space Walk was designed by Pip Youngman as a way to challenge people's perceptions of space and give people an opportunity to experience the vastness of our own Solar System.
The model is built to a scale of 1:530,000,000, which means that one millimetre on the model is equal to 530 kilometres in the solar system. The Sun can be found at Higher Maunsel Lock and 2 sets of planets are set out in both directions. Also, for less hardy walkers, the inner planets are within 67m of the Sun, and near to the Maunsel Canal Centre (and tea shop) at Lower Maunsel Lock, where a more detailed leaflet about the model is available.
When you are planning your visit to Taunton, be sure to include a visit to the Somerset Space Walk!
To find out more about the walk, check out the wikipedia page.
Why not combine your visit to the Castle Neroche with a stay at the family-friendly Taunton Holiday Inn? This Taunton hotel is situated just 25 minutes away.
On offer are our fully refurbished modern and comfortable bedrooms all of which include high-speed internet access and LCD TVs for the best in entertainment. What’s more hotel guests can even take advantage of Holiday Inn Taunton’s fully equipped Spirit Health Club, which includes access to an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
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