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West Somerset Coast Path

40 km / 25 miles

The West Somerset Coast Path runs from the hamlet of Steart to the coastal resort of Minehead and passes through the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).. This Coast Path links the River Parrett Trail to the South West Coast Path National Trail that starts in Minehead and also joins the Coleridge Way and Quantock Greenway just south of the A39 near East Quantoxhead. At approximately 25 miles (40km) in length, the coast path boasts magnificent seaward and inland views, with occasional glimpses of industrial archaeology and a wealth of geology. The route has a description earlier supplied by Somerset Council as a pdf listed below.

The 2014 Aurum book listed below covers similar ground in West Somerset but describes a much longer route from Bristol to Minehead. Although termed a National Trail guide, this section of what will be part of the England Coast Path National Trail is in the process of being defined (in 2015 for Minehead to Brean Down and later for Brean Down to Aust where the M48 crosses) so may have differences once opened.

Strider News - August 2015 (Publication Update)

Aurum Press have published a new guide to the Somerset Coast Path.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Coastal; Downland/Wolds; Heritage; Industrial History
ST275459 - Steart, Somerset
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SS971466 - Minehead, Somerset
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Web Sites: GPS Routes - West Somerset Coast Path

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback: Somerset Coast Path: National Trail Guide (National Trail Guides) (Aurum Press - 2014)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
  At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 181182
OS Landranger Active: 181182
OS Explorer: 9140153
OS Explorer Active: 9140153

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hotels: Royal Clarence Hotel  (bookable online) 4 Km < 1 Km
Self-catering: Old Rectory Coach House  (bookable online) 1 Km 24 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Minehead YHA, Alcombe Combe, Minehead, Somerset 2 Km 39 Km
Hotels: Channel House Hotel  (bookable online) < 1 Km 40 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Base Lodge, Minehead, Somerset < 1 Km 40 Km

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Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): South West Coast Path National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Macmillan Way West - Castle Cary to Barnstaple; River Parrett Trail
Other Paths: Celtic Way The Exmoor Option; Channel to Channel (Devon - Somerset); Coleridge Way; Quantock Greenway; Somerset Way; Summits of Somerset and Avon
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Anytime Challenges: Quantock Way


GPS Exchange Format Route File: West Somerset Coast Path GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
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Leaflet - External PDF: West Somerset Coast Path pdf Download File
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Route Profile:

40.4 Km (25.1 miles)
597 m (1,959 ft) ascent
151 m (495 ft)  maximum height