Berrow Dunes and the Wreck of the Nornen

Berrow Dunes
2 miles / 3.25km
2.5 hours
Walk Type
Date & time
Venue & Location
St Mary's Church, Berrow

Join us to explore the stunning Berrow coastline! Starting at the Berrow Dunes Conservation Area, this walk explores the sand dunes and the rich maritime history of the area. Our guides will lead you through the importance of this special landscape.
The Berrow Dunes Conservation Area, is a Local Nature Reserve created in the 1960s in recognition of a unique ecosystem. The dunes are constantly shifting, making this a fragile area between land and sea that is home to plants and animals that would not survive without the work of the Berrow Conservation Group.
Leaving the dunes we discover the secrets of the wreck of the Nornen, a shipwreck that has become an iconic landmark since running aground in a storm in 1897, luckily all ten crew and the ship’s dog were rescued by Burnham lifeboat.
The beach here is part of one of Europe’s longest strips of sand, making it a favourite for film and television companies and it includes some iconic landmarks, including the Burnham-on-Sea Low-lighthouse ahead of you.
Continuing to St Mary's Church in Berrow we reach the end of the walk where the church is holding a Festival Cream Tea, for those that have worked up an appetite!

Walk Leader:

The walk will be led by Richard Harrison a member of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Berrow Conservation Group involved in flora and fauna surveys in the area. Richard will be joined by Andrea Johnstone, who was involved in setting up the Reserve and obtaining Local Nature Reserve status for the area.


The walk is generally flat but will include sections on loose sand in the dunes, and hard sand on the beach.

Please follow the advice of the guides when on the beach as there are areas of soft sand and silt on the beach.

Meeting point:

St Mary’s Church, Coast Road, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 2NF. Cars may be left at the Church Car Park.

This is on Coaster bus route 20 that runs every 30 minutes between Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea on a Saturday.

Transport will be provided to the start of the walk which will end at St Mary’s Church.

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