Castles & Coast Way (Coast)
Join us on the Castles & Coast Way to see historic castles, picturesque villages and fantastic views of the coast and the Quantock Hills.
This coastal loop of the Castles & Coast Way begins in Stogursey and takes in Stogursey Castle with its picturesque gatehouse, and St Andrew's Church which dates back to 1100. Leaving Stogursey, the walk heads to the pretty village of Shurton where you cross and walk alongside Bailey's Brook that passes through the centre of the village.
To join the King Charles III England Coast Path, you pass Hinkley Point and the largest construction site in Europe. At the coast we head west with stunning views across the channel and towards Exmoor, before turning inland at Lilstock. Once a historic trading port for the Fairfield Estate, Lilstock featured a quayside with cottages and stores but fell into disrepair after a storm in 1899 and today only the remains are left, hidden in the woods behind the beach.
Our return to journey to Stogursey begins on an old carriage road with great views of the Quantocks and surrounding farmland, before passing Honibere Wood and Burton to reach Stogursey.
The walk will be led by Sandy Swayne a long distance path walker for 30 years and Treasurer West Somerset Ramblers.
The route takes place on a mixture of farmland, tracks, and short sections on pavements (to visit the Castle and church). It is mostly level with a single steep uphill section alongside Hinkley Point.
The meeting point for the walk is Stogursey Victory Hall, Tower Hill, Stogursey, Bridgwater TA5 1PR, who have kindly agreed that cars may be left in the Victory Hall Car Park for the duration of the walk.
Dogs kept under close control and on leads may be allowed by prior arrangement with the organisers.