CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Somerset Life today CLICK HERE

7 scenic coastal walks to try in Somerset (with cafes on the way)

PUBLISHED: 12:03 08 May 2018

Glenthorne beach (c) Nigel Stone / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Glenthorne beach (c) Nigel Stone / Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Archant

Somerset is home to some of the country’s most breathtaking coastlines, and the landscape is a simply stunning place to enjoy a ramble. We pick seven stretches of coastline ideal for a walk (and the charming cafes to stop off at on the way)

Circular walk to Dunster

Encompassing beautiful coastline, the pretty medieval village of Dunster, Dunster Castle and the West Somerset Railway, you can be assured of photograph-worthy scenes on this three and a half mile circular walk.

From the car park near Dunster’s shingle beach, you’ll follow footpaths leading you to the village. There’s plenty of history to discover while walking through Dunster, and if you get the chance it’s worth taking a couple of hours or so to wander through the impressive architecture and gardens of Dunster Castle, the luxury home of the Luttrell family. Pass the signs leading to an underpass which then leads you back to where you started.

The café: No need to fear, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to somewhere to eat in Dunster, including Tessa’s Tea Room. Housed on the ground floor of the 16th century Olde House Dunster, the café offers an array of delicious homemade lunches and sweet treats. Vegetarians and vegans are well-catered for too.

Sand Point

Outstanding views are guaranteed on this three mile walk at Sand Point, near Weston-Super-Mare. Panoramic vistas across the Bristol Channel, and even to Wales, can be enjoyed, and the fresh sea air is intoxicating on your ramble along the stunning landscape.

Walking over grassland and a salt marsh, you’ll head out towards the renowned Grand Pier and then to a delightful secluded cove which is a lovely spot to take a breath and soak in the sights. You’ll find Sand Bay at the end of the walk, passing two Bronze Age burial grounds on your route.

The café: It’s got to be a stop at Sand Bay Tea Rooms. This friendly café serves up a varied menu of delicious dishes that you’ve worked up an appetite for. Think homemade soups, freshly prepared sandwiches and indulgent cakes. Dogs are also welcome on the front patio seating.

Kilve

“My thoughts on former pleasures ran; I thought of Kilve’s delightful shore,” poet William Wordsworth once wrote. Standing upon the slate and shingle of the beach, shadowed by towering limestone cliffs, you’ll feel a million miles away from the stresses of everyday life.

Starting at the pay and display car park at Kilve, this roughly two mile walk takes you along the Somerset’s Jurassic Coast (Kilve itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest) around the beautiful countryside of the Quantock Hills. Take a moment to soak in the stunning panoramas with views stretching out towards Wales.

The café: After exploring the beach at Kilve, pay a visit to The Chantry Tea Gardens where you can rest your legs in an idyllic setting with the Scheduled Ancient Monument Kilve Chantry as a backdrop. A slice of quiche and salad, a generously filled sandwich or a tasty cream tea are some of the choices on the menu at this charming hidden gem.

Porlock Bay

This is a challenging eight and a half mile walk ideal for a full day’s exploration of the charming village, and surrounding scenery, of Porlock. Think woodland, saltmarsh, hills and picturesque villages, all with scenery, wildlife and culture.

It starts and finishes at Porlock Fire Station and takes in Hurlstone Point which you may want to explore. The remote and rocky realms tucked away behind the old coastguard are a wonder to see, and a great place to rest, before the long trek up to Bossington Hill.

The café: There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Porlock, catering to the truly famished to those who just fancy a little something to satisfy their sweet tooth. The welcoming Whortleberry Tearoom on the High Street serves a delicious cream tea complete with clotted cream and local whortleberry jam - a must try when visiting the south of Somerset.

Brean Down

A gorgeous stretch of golden sand, Brean beach is an ideal spot for sandcastle building, playing traditional beach games and feeling the waves beneath your toes.

Make the steep, one and half mile trip up to the top of the Down, where you will be rewarded with mesmerising views from the Somerset Levels on one side right across to some of the county’s most iconic locations such as Glastonbury Tor and the Mendip Hills. You may even spot a group of goats on your walk up!

The café: Sitting at the bottom of the Down, you’ll find the Brean Down Cove Café run by the National Trust. A perfect spot for a slice of cake and cup of coffee with a gorgeous sea view, and there’s a picnic area for those already equipped with a hamper laden with goodies.

Glenthorne

This pretty five and a half mile walk starts and finishes at County Gate, a landscape where west Somerset and Devon meet. Not only does the location boast breathtaking views across East Lyn valley and Doone Country, vistas of stunning coastal scenery can be admired too.

It’s especially beautiful in spring and early summer, when the gorse bursts into a cheery yellow on the hillside above Wingate Combe as you walk towards it, and the banks of rhododendron to your right are a delicate lilac. Enjoy a quiet moment of reflection on Glenthorne beach, a pebbled cove which mostly offers its visitors complete seclusion.

The café: With many picnic spots en route, pack a homemade lunch and immerse yourself in the stunning scenery the landscape has to offer.

Culver Cliff woodland walk

This is a short walk of just over a mile that starts and finishes near the Quay West car park in Minehead. A gentle climb through historic woodland rich in wildlife, the path then leads to open heathland with magnificent views across the Bristol Channel and inland over Exmoor.

Budding geologists should take a detour to Culver Cliff beach to admire the medieval fish weirs which are now recognised as Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

The café: Just a short walk from the Quay West car park, the Echo Beach Café is perfect for quelling those hunger pangs after a walk through the woodland. A firm favourite among locals and visitors alike, sit back and admire the views of Minehead’s pretty harbour while you enjoy a spot of lunch or a Yarde Farm ice cream in a cone during the warmer months.

You could also try these walks...

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Somerset Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Somerset Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Somerset Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne discovers wildlife-rich waters, an old railway line and Victorian splendour at the foot of the Mendips

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A bracing winter walk is the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs, and where better to embrace the crisp, chilly air than through the varied, and beautiful, landscape that Somerset has to offer

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

From playtime and past times to ephemeral and esoteric, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne looks at 30 reasons why we will forever love Exmoor

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

In this edition of her special series taking a look at village life in Somerset, Andrea Cowan visits Milverton

Read more
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Magnificent architecture, rich in history and truly stunning, stately homes and gardens provide a delightful day out for visitors. Somerset boasts plenty, and we bring you 8 of the most special locations to visit this Christmas

Read more

A favourite spot for locals, Emma Dredge explains why people love Chard Reservoir, its scenery and its wildlife

Read more
Friday, November 9, 2018

Military historian Richard Pursehouse reveals the significant connection between a Somerset centenarian and a famous Westminster grave

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne takes a look at The Macmillan Way, a long-distance path that was specifically set up to raise money for charity

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

What is it that makes Taunton unique? Here’s 10 of our favourite highlights

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

With landmarks steeped in history, coaching inns housing tragic tales and plenty of scary stories from around the region, its little wonder Somerset is full of haunted locations waiting to be explored. We’ve found 15 of the spookiest spots to visit if you dare!

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne explores two villages on the Mendip Hills and the tranquil paths that link them

Read more
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Somerset’s county town has more than its fair share of good pubs, and a myriad of wonderful walking routes between them, as Laurence McJannet discovers

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

“Calor’s generosity means that we can give a new lease of life to our village hall.”

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This month Andrea visits Ashcott

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

subscription ad


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search