This section takes in 58 miles of the beautiful and diverse coast of Somerset.
The England Coast Pathwill be a new National Trail all around England's coast. It's opening in sections and will be complete in 2020. When it is complete it will be the longest continual coastal walking route in the world.
This section of the England Coast Path takes in 58 miles of the beautiful and diverse coast of Somerset. On clear days the fortified promontory of Brean Down offers panoramic views of the whole stretch to Minehead. The path takes you to Burnham on Sea, along the floodbanks to the River Parrett to Bridgwater and back to Steart Point then along the open coast to Hinkley Point. At Hinkley look for diversion signs while development work is taking place.
From Hinkley Point it heads west passing through the historic port of Watchet, before heading to Minehead where it joins the South West Coast Path.
At Brean, Burnham, St Audries and Helwell Bay, please check tide times as the path can be flooded during high tide.
The England Coast Path is happening because of a completely new right of access that gives everyone the legal right to explore our coast for the very first time. It is much more than just a path, it gives access to beaches, cliff-tops, and most of the wonderful habitats around our coast. You can see the open sections and how they relate to the other National Trails here.
Coastal sections of existing National Trails will become part of the England Coast Path in time. This will give the Trails better protection when the coast erodes. The Trails won't lose their own identities though, they will still be National Trails in their own right and the signage will be the same, but you may see new signs saying 'part of the England Coast Path'.
You can find out about the other National trails on the official National Trail website.
To buy maps, guidebook and Trail merchandise visit the National Trail shop
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