5 of the best coastal walks in North Somerset

The Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons licence code

The Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons licence code - Credit: Archant

In North Somerset we’re spoiled for choice when it comes down to coastal walks - from the Clevedon Path to the sand dunes of Brean and the breath-taking cliffs of Porlock Bay.

Rocky Beach Below the West Somerset Coastal Path, image via Georgraphy,org.uk under a Creative Commo

Rocky Beach Below the West Somerset Coastal Path, image via Georgraphy,org.uk under a Creative Commons Licence Code - Credit: Archant

When it comes to seeking out some exercise in Somerset one of the best ways to do it is go for a breezy coastal walk. And in North Somerset you’re pretty much spoiled for choice when it comes down to it. From the gorgeous Clevedon Path to the sand dunes of Brean and the breath-taking Porlock Bay, you’ll love this picture perfect part of the UK (and on that note, don’t forget your camera). Here’s five of our favourite walks right here:

West Somerset Coast Path

If it’s a day hike you’re looking for - and one that is certain to blow away the cobwebs - then the West Somerset Coast Path is just the job. This 25-mile stretch from Burnham on Sea to Minehead has spectacular coastal views and, at one point, even encounters the Coleridge Way. If you didn’t bring a big enough packed lunch there no need to worry - there are plenty of stop-off points along the way for refreshments. There’s Kilve, Williton, Blue Anchor and Dunster for starters.

The Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons licence code

The Lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons licence code - Credit: Archant

Weston-super-Mare to Burnham-on-Sea


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This pleasant – if windy – eight mile walk is great if you fancy a bit of exercise but want to have enough energy to go out later. The path is far easier to use than the steps (even though there are railings) and it’s certainly not a walk for the faint-hearted. It’s fun though – and there’s a sweet little café to reward yourself with a cup of cocoa or similar afterwards. The headland is National Trust-managed so you can be assured it’s pretty spectacular. There’s a sandy beach and the Bristol Estuary to cast your eyes upon. Really, what’s not to like?

Cliffs on the South Side of Brean Down, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence Code

Cliffs on the South Side of Brean Down, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence Code - Credit: Archant

Portishead to Clevedon

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A brisk six mile jaunt with spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to Wales, the Portishead to Clevedon walking route has much to recommend it, not least the magnificent sight of Cleveland Pier, built way back in 1870. There are also plenty of pretty cafes in the beautiful fishing village of Portishead as well as its pretty Victorian High Street to gaze upon.

The walk begins at the Mariners Path and takes you past Sugar Loaf Beach, Radcliffe Bay, Charlcombe Bay, Pigeon House Bay, Blackhill Sands and finally to Clevedon.

Porlock Beach, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence Code

Porlock Beach, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence Code - Credit: Archant

Minehead to Porlock

This awe-inspiring nine mile stretch starts from woods at Minehead where you’ll emerge onto high cliffs offering stunning views of the Bristol Channel. A more challenging possibility is to go from Selworth Beacon and descent to Hurlstone Point. Soak in the views of Porlock Bay for several miles before reaching Bossington and enjoy the crunch of shingle underfoot if the tide happens to be out.

Cliffs on the South Side of Brean Down, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence Code

Cliffs on the South Side of Brean Down, image via Wikipedia under Creative Commons Licence Code - Credit: Archant

Berrow to Brean Down

Walk along Berrow Beach where you’ll see sand dunes, marshes and even a ship wreck (we kid you not). You’ll then come to Brean Down with its spectacular views of the countryside on one side and on the other, the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. If you’re in the least artistic then you’re sure to get plenty of inspiration along this particular coastal beauty spot.

Thirsty from all of that exercise? Then don’t forget to check out one of our favourite country pubs in North Somerset.

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