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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Somerset Coast Path - Minehead to Watchet

Salt marsh

An easy ramble along the Somerset Coast Path between Minehead and Watchet

This is a scenic and easy walk along the Somerset Coast Path between Minehead and Watchet with connections between the ends provided by either bus service or the heritage railway that follows the route.

Parking in this area of Somerset is expensive and an alternative is to make use of the ample free parking along the coast road at the hamlet of Blue Anchor, midway along the route.

The walk encompasses a varied scenery from the flat open areas of Dunster Beach to the rolling hills between Blue Anchor and Watchet which require a little effort to ascend but are nothing too challenging. There are some beach sections although a cycle track provides an easier option from the hard going across the large pebbles

It must be noted that on this instance of the walk during September 2018 there had been cliff fall just beyond the Blue Anchor pub at the eastern end of the hamlet of the same name which had blocked the path. This necessitated following a waymarked diversion along permissive paths that follow the roadside then descend down to the cliffside through the woods known as Three Acre Covert. A stroll that made a pleasant change of scenery.

NOTE

This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

Minehead to Watchet Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
Minehead View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Watchet View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
8 miles
Walk difficulty
moderate
Terrain
Varied landscape with coastal footpaths, beach and cliff top paths
Obstacles
The path between Dunster Beach and Blue Anchor uses the beach which can be tiresome over the large pebbles. An alternative is to follow the cycle path that runs immediately parallel to the beach.

Maps:

The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk

Accommodation:

Unity Farm, Brean Sands, Burnham-on-Sea Camp site View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Website
Description
A family oriented holiday park with entertainment, static caravans as well as touring pitches

Transport:

Details of public transport that is required for the walk

First Group - Bus Service
Service Details
28 - First Group 28 Service linking Minehead, Watchet and Taunton
Timetable

Walk Data

Date of Walk
2018-09-10
Walk Time
10:30 to 14:00
Walkers
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Sun and clouds

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