4: Somerset and Severn

Ruth’s Coastal Walk: South West Coastal Path section, July 2014 onwards
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Somerset

Stage Route Overview Miles Total
150 Minehead to Dunster and Watchet Beaches and steam trains 9 1461
151 Watchet to Kilve Roads, woods, crazy rocks. 9 1470
152 Kilve, Hinkley Point to Stert Point Coast and deviations. 13 1483
153 Stert Point to Bridgewater Overgrown estuary 13 1496
154 Bridgewater to Pawlett Industrial landscapes 5 1501
155 Pawlett to Burnham-on-Sea Estuary walking 12 1513
156 Burnham-on-Sea to Brean Down and Brean to the River Axe Beach, cliffs and river walking 12 1525
157 River Axe to Uphill and Weston-super-Mare Roads, sewerage, then beach. 11.5 1536.5
158 Sand Bay to Middle Hope Beach and downs 9.5 1546
159 Wick St Lawrence and Kingston Seymour Bad paths and mad cows 14 1560
160 Clevedon to Portishead Coastal path 7 1567
161 Portishead , through Pill to the Clifton Bridge Ports, industry and river walking 13 1580
162 Bristol to Avonmouth to Severn Beach River, industry and the Severn estuary 15 1595
163 Over the Severn Bridge, to Chepstow Estuary and bridges 12 1607

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4 Responses to 4: Somerset and Severn

  1. John Bone says:

    Hello Ruth
    Wish I’d come across your excellent blog before trudging along the West Somerset Coastal Path last week, where I experienced all the same problems you describe. I’m nearing the end of my South Circular walking project round the south of England, much less ambitious than your own walk. (rather out-of-date blog at https://sites.google.com/site/southcircularbone/home). My twin guides have been Dave Cotton’s fine web-site at British Walks, which I notice you link to, and Andrew McCloy’s book Coastwalk; your blog has the great advantage of being recent. All the best for the rest of your walk, which I’ll follow with envy.
    Regards
    John Bone

    • Hi John, and what a great project! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, and hope you manage to update it – it’s succinct and amusing. I share your view of Gillingham as the most depressing and run-down town on the whole coastline. When you’ve finished this trek, I wonder what you will do next? I recommend Pembrokeshire – maybe do a round Wales walk? Best wishes, Ruth

      • John Bone says:

        If I was a lot younger I’d have a go at the E9 Euro-footpath from Cape St Vincent in Portugal, up to Narva in Estonia … that would be a project. I (and you) have already done bits of it between Plymouth and Dover. Like you I’ve been very disappointed with the attitude taken by many councils to their footpaths; the poor waymarking on the Solent Way, Saxon Shore Way and most recently the West Somerset Coastal Trail have all left me spitting feathers. Complaints seem to go straight into the bin. I very much agree with your rule about walking in the present, although I do practice some of our choral repertoire along the way. Stay strong. John

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