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Slow Ways linking Watchet and Bishops Lydeard, Bridgwater, Minehead, North Petherton, Wheddon Cross, Wiveliscombe
Great Britain / Somerset / Watchet
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||Review me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 189m||Descent 187m|
||Verify me||Distance 14km/9mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Review me||Distance 24km/15mi||Ascent 533m||Descent 482m|
||Double check||Distance 33km/20mi||Ascent 683m||Descent 691m|
||Double check||Distance 33km/20mi||Ascent 761m||Descent 729m|
||Review me||Distance 23km/14mi||Ascent 600m||Descent 720m|
||Verify me||Distance 23km/15mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Verify me||Distance 18km/11mi||Ascent 326m||Descent 612m|
50% of Watchet’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
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179km out of 179km have been walked and reviewed
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It is unusable in its current form because it uses roads and tracks through the private grounds of St Audries Park where there is no public right of way. A new version of this route is definitely needed!...
The detour so you don't fall with the crumbling cliff into the sea at Blue Anchor does not detract from this lovely coastal stroll. Starting from Minehead (ice cream opportunity #1 of many), if you can resist the lure of Butlins, you head past the golf course and towards Dunster Beach (ICO #2...). You get great views of Dunster castle, the West Somerset Steam Railway and the wooded valleys of Exmoor as you get to Blue Anchor, where the England Coast path is diverted inland to avoid the crumbling headland....
Mockymock added Minwat two, a new walk from Minehead to WatchetWalk this route
A highly enjoyable rural holiday-zone leisure stroll along the coast path between Minehead and Blue anchor with golfers, dog-walkers and beachgoers around, and many opportunities to buy ice-cream in the season. Between Blue Anchor and Watchet the route jinks inland on a quiet, well-signed footpath diversion from the blocked coast path. This leads along a farmed valley with views of the Brendon Hills, then hops over a little hill at the village of Old Cleeve to Washford, finally following a tree-lined cycle path along the long disused mineral railway line into Watchet....
Although a flat route, it starts near the golf course in Minehead and meanders mostly along the coast, tricky in parts. Not the most attractive coastal walk....
Lovely walk led by Tim Ryan...
Eva Edina Annus
At Doniford there is a nice cafe (Doniford Farm Park) and the route continues along the well signed South West Coast path and around the Holiday park onto the cliff tops. The path follows the cliff tops (which are slowly falling into the Bristol Channel) then there is a steep path (with hand rail) back onto the beach at the next Holiday Park. This is a very busy main road and the path comes out in a hedge on the blind inside corner of the road so crossing requires EXTREME CAUTION. The path then follows a track then well signed paths along the edge of fields to a rough road into Holford. In Holford walk along the minor road past the sign for the car park and take then next road right (signed Holford Combe). At The Triangle, take the minor road to the left and follow it uphill until a path on the right just before you come out onto the main road (Woodlands Hill – National Trust). Follow the path as is rises above the stream/bridleway then come out on the minor road above Nether Stowey. Out of Nether Stowey you need to cross the busy main road (there seems to be a new crossing being built) and initially follow signs for the Castles and Coast Way through Budley Farm. Walk through the village of Cannington (shops and pubs) and follow the well signed path through a new housing estate. The path comes onto a dirt track with no signage so careful navigation is needed to follow the correct track. If you do find the corner cutting path you come out at a gap in the fence of someone’s drive which, again, would be difficult to spot in the other direction and the owners would probably prefer you did the minor road detour, although no-one was there today to comment...
The path then goes through a holiday camp and was not signed as a right of way. At the top it is difficult to work out where the path through the field goes or where it comes out and it is not signed into the field in the other direction either. The path was not signed from the other end (through a farmyard) either. At the T-Junction turn left then, shortly after, there is a track on the right with the Coleridge Way symbol (Brown Quill). Turn right and walk up the lane to the top. Turn left in the field and walk to the top (Walfords’ Gibbet). Follow the minor road straight on for a while before a clear sign on the right. At the minor road turn left and walk along the road into Holford. Otherwise, cut the corner by turning left (signposted Car Park) and following the road past the green. When the road turns sharp right by a stone wall (Ancient Dog Pound), take the path on the left (still following Coleridge Way signs) and climb the long uphill onto the Quantock’s. You drop down from Beacon Hill to Staple Plain car park and, just as you head out of the car park on the other side is a path that leads down to the A39 at West Quantock’s Head (it brings you right out next to The Windmill Pub). You could continue on this road to Doniford or you could turn off part way down at St Audries Bay Holiday Park and follow the road down into the park where you can pick up the South West Coast path to Doniford...
Tim Ryan added Watwiv two, a new walk from Watchet to WiveliscombeWalk this route
A superb route which takes the high route along the Quantocks....
Stunning views of hills and coast....
One footpath issue north of Old Holcombe Water farm crossing a fence near Galloping woods....
Watchet has lots of shops and several cafes, including one at the recently-opened art centre at East Quay, while Wheddon Cross has a shop and pub....
Just past the church on the left, there is an x-stile and a finger post to Stowey Wood on the right. Continuing to follow the left edge of the grassy field you head downhill to a gate. Cross the stream by the ruined building and turn left along the stream to another finger post which points right to Kersham. Half way along this field, on the left is a gate onto the minor road. Turn left and walk uphill on the minor road to a cross roads with a busy B-road. At the Croydon Hill sign take the right fork and follow the track to a 5-ways finger post. There is a track directly opposite which you follow to a field edge (which can be overgrown) and a stile into a field then another stile into another field and a gate onto a short section of lane then onto the main A39. Cross over the road with care and turn left....
The path then opens out and becomes more of a track above the high water line (except possibly for storm surges) and continues alongside the golf course (watch out for stray shots). As of June 2021, the Steam Coast Trail had yet to be completed as it turns into plastic grid underlay then a hard core track to Blue Anchor. The access from the track to Blue Anchor Esplanade is officially along the beach which may be cut off at a very high tide and involves a set of steps up from the beach. The route continues along the long esplanade at Blue Anchor past a couple of cafés, a Holiday Park and a set of public toilets....
I struggled to upload all the photos I wanted to last time - here are the rest including the official diversion...
Sonya B surveyed WatchetView facilities
However, I would like to draw attention to a potential obstacle (see photo, taken at Blue Anchor) In addition there is currently (May 2021) a signposted detour to the east of Blue Anchor following a landslip at ST 03292 43558...
Slow Ways added Minwat one, a new walk from Minehead to WatchetWalk this route
Slow Ways added Watbis one, a new walk from Watchet to Bishops LydeardWalk this route
Slow Ways added Watbri one, a new walk from Watchet to BridgwaterWalk this route
Slow Ways added Watnor one, a new walk from Watchet to North PethertonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Watwiv one, a new walk from Watchet to WiveliscombeWalk this route
Slow Ways added Whewat one, a new walk from Wheddon Cross to WatchetWalk this route
Watchet’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.18247° / -3.33032°
Easting / Northing
307,115E / 143,424N
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