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Coastal Walks

Some of our favourite walks are along the coast, these walks can include clifftop views, golden sands, wildlife and local history at some of the iconic natural landmarks.


We have put together a selection of walks across Somerset accessiblie by bus which go along the coast.

 

We would like to expand this section so if you have a walk that can be accessed by bus we would very much like to add it to our page, please  contact us

SEDGEMOOR
 

Burnham-on-Sea Circular

Burnham-on-Sea sits at the mouth of the River Parrett and the end of the second longest strip of sand in Europe.

 

Burnham-on-Sea sits at the mouth of the River Parrett and the end of the second longest strip of sand in Europe. It is a town of surprises from its independent shops to its short pier and three lighthouses. There is an information centre on the Esplanade and a choice of places for refreshment. Suitable for all walkers.

For more information click here.


BY BUS

First West (Monday - Sunday) https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/20_Weston_Web_0.pdf

Buses of Somerset 21/21A (Monday - Sunday): https://bustimes.org/services/21-taunton-bridgwater-burnham-on-sea

Somerset Council: 48 (Tuesday & Friday) https://bustimes.org/services/48-burnham-on-sea-cheddar

Mendip Community Transport (Monday - Saturday) https://www.mendipcommunitytransport.co.uk/route-67

Nearest bus stop: Old Pier Tavern (Burnham-on-Sea)

Berrow Beach Circular

 

This walk is tidal - please check tide times before setting off. Suitable for all walkers.

 

Berrow is part of one of Europe’s longest strips of sand and there are dunes which growing rarer. They occur when sand, dried out at low tide, is blown inland and forms mounds that become anchored by grass growing on them. This walk is tidal - please check tide times before setting off. Suitable for all walkers.

Click here for more information.

BY BUS

First West (Monday - Sunday) https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/20_Weston_Web_0.pdf

Nearest bus stop: Manor Way (Berrow)

Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve

The Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve walk is suitable for all walkers.

 

There is plenty to see all year round but an ideal time would be on a warm, windless day in June or July. Public transport by bus is available from Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-Super-Mare. Suitable for all walkers.

Click here for more information.

BY BUS

First West (Monday - Sunday) https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sites/default/files/public/maps/20_Weston_Web_0.pdf

Nearest bus stop: Dunes Edge (Berrow)

 

SOUTH WEST AND TAUNTON

Nether Stowey: Castles & Coast Way

The walk links The Coleridge Way in Nether Stowey and the England Coast Path and can be completed as a day walk or in sections which lend themselves to easier circular walks. The route is well signposted and waymarked with the Castles and Coast Way logo.

On the route from Nether Stowey to Stogursey, as you walk by rivers, ditches, lakes or ponds, you might spot a kingfisher - a neon flash of this bird as it darts by is a sight to remember. Barbastelle bats are also known in the area.

The route mostly follows public rights of way and crosses a wide variety of terrain and farmland. Please remain on the public footpaths at all times and do not deviate onto private land. There is no access to any of the woodlands in the vicinity of the walk.

For more information click here.

 

BY BUS
Buses of Somerset 14 (Monday - Saturday): https://bustimes.org/services/14-bridgwater-canniongton-nether-stowey

Nearest bus stop: The Library (Nether Stowey)

Dunster Circular - Dunster, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SE

This walk takes you from the shingle beach at Dunster up to the magnificent medieval village with its yarn market and topped off with a castle. Originally “Dunn’s Torre”, a craggy fortification overlooking the Bristol Channel, the settlement was given by William the Conqueror gave to the powerful de Mohun family to build a castle to protect the coast. In 1375 the feudal barony was purchased by the Luttrell family who owned the Castle until 1976 when it was gifted to the National Trust. Having explored the streets and shops, the walk takes you past the heritage railway station back to the beach along the riverside.

Click here for more information 

BY BUS:

Buses of Somerset 28 (Monday - Sunday including evenings) https://bustimes.org/services/28-taunton-bishops-lydeard-williton-watchet-minehe

Atwest - 198 (Monday - Saturday) https://www.atwest.org.uk/198-bus/

Nearest bus stop: Dunster Steep (28 or 198) or High Street Newsagents, Dunster (198 only)

Watchet to East Quantoxhead Circular

This stretch of the coast path from Watchet to East Quantoxhead has everything from quintessential English villages to historic churches, wonderful wild flowers to geological marvels and is a great walk for families, keen walkers and nature lovers.

Things to look out for include stunning geological wonders like the limestone pavements, red rock formations and amazing coastal views.

The walk takes in the foothills of the Quantocks – the first place in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and walkers are in with the chance of spotting rare flowers like Pyramid and Bee Orchids and birds including Oyster Catchers, Dunlin and Peregrine Falcons.

Click here for more information (please note Visit Somerset start the walk at Doniford but the nearest bus stop is Watchet which is about a mile away.) Location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Doniford,+Watchet+TA23+0TQ/@51.1796021,-3.3316469,15z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x486de4fe9044044d:0xc3c25d163ee165c4!8m2!3d51.177827!4d-3.306241!16s%2Fm%2F03mdp12?entry=ttu
 

BY BUS:

Buses of Somerset 28 (Monday - Sunday including evenings) https://bustimes.org/services/28-taunton-bishops-lydeard-williton-watchet-minehe

Nearest bus stop: Watchet

Watchet to St Audries Bay Circular

The circular walk centred on St Audries Beach is ideal for families as it has plenty to stir the imagination with interesting rock patterns – natural and man-made – an incredible waterfall, fossils and sea creatures.

 

Look out for the Blue Lias pavements and Devonian red sandstone. It is important to be aware of the tide times when planning a visit.

For more info click here (please note Visit Somerset start the walk at near Doniford but the nearest bus stop is Watchet which is about a mile away.)

BY BUS:

Buses of Somerset 28 (Monday - Sunday including evenings) https://bustimes.org/services/28-taunton-bishops-lydeard-williton-watchet-minehe

Nearest bus stop: Watchet

Watchet, Washford along the Old Mineral Line

The Watchet to Washford walk along the Old Mineral Line is ideal for keen walkers and families. This is a moderate to difficult walk in places, with steps, steep climbs and some uneven surfaces, although it is stile free.

There is loads to see and do in beautiful Watchet, including taking a trip from the town’s picturesque station on the West Somerset Railway. Museums include the fascinating Market House Museum with its tales of kings, queens, murderous knights and pirates and the Boat Museum which houses an intriguing collection of local flat bottomed boats. The town is also packed with independent shops and art galleries including Contains Art, a gallery and studios in converted shipping containers on the quayside.

For more information click here.If you don't wish to walk the whole walk you can catch the 28 bus at Washford.

BY BUS:

Buses of Somerset 28 (Monday - Sunday including evenings) https://bustimes.org/services/28-taunton-bishops-lydeard-williton-watchet-minehe

Nearest bus stop: Watchet

 

Minehead Walks

Visit Minehead have put together walking information on Minehead: https://www.mineheadbay.co.uk/walking

BY BUS

Atwest 10: https://www.atwest.org.uk/10-bus/

Ridlers Coaches 10: http://www.ridlers.co.uk/bus-timetables/

Ridlers Coaches 11: http://www.ridlers.co.uk/bus-timetables/

Buses of Somerset 28 (Monday - Sunday including evenings) https://bustimes.org/services/28-taunton-bishops-lydeard-williton-watchet-minehe

Suggested bus stop: W.S. Railway Station


Please note:

All walks are undertaken at your own risk. Somerset Bus Partnership accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
 

Walking routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
 

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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