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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.


Path Type
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Average Gradients; Coastal; Downland/Wolds; Heritage; Industrial History
ST275459 - Steart, Somerset
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SS971466 - Minehead, Somerset
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Somerset Coast Path : National Trail Guide (Aurum Press (an imprint of Quarto) - 2014)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Royal Clarence Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
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Old Rectory Coach House  (bookable online)
1 Km
24 Km
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36 Km
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39 Km
Channel House Hotel  (bookable online)
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40 Km
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Route Profile:

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