Local author Robin Summerhill new book, "Cycling the Somerset & Dorset Railway" examines the options for a cycle ride or walk over the old railway route, broken down into easily manageable sections of about five miles each way. The bike ride or walk stays as close to the former railway formation as possible. Sometimes this involves riding along the former trackbed where this has now been converted to a footpath/ cycle track, and at other times it takes to the road whilst keeping as close to the former railway line as it is reasonably possible to get. There are also sections described where it is possible to walk the route of the old line which are not necessarily suitable for bike riding.
The book also looks at the situation over the whole line today. It identifies sections where the former railway line is still accessible on foot (on official or unofficial footpaths), sections of the trackbed that are now used as private farm tracks, sections which have been lost to redevelopment since closure, and sections that have been returned to agriculture.