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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: Other Paths
Attributes: Average Gradients
Industrial History
Start: ST275459 - Steart, Somerset View on StreetMap
Finish: SS971466 - Minehead, Somerset View on StreetMap

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook 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.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 181, 182
OS Landranger Active 181, 182
OS Explorer 9, 140, 153
OS Explorer Active 9, 140, 153

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Route Profile:

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

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