Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead
This circular walk explores a beautiful area of coast and countryside in the Quantocks.
The walk starts at the large car park just north of Kilve. It's a short walk from here to the fascinating Kilve Beach. Part of the Jurassic coastline the beach is a good place for fossil hunting. You'll also pass the Oil retort which was built in 1924 to burn the oil rich shale beds here. Though the venture failed the old building remains.
The footpath passes along the coast with great views of the cliffs and surrounding countryside. You then turn inland to the village of East Quantoxhead. It's a pretty place with thatched cottages, a medieval tithe barn, a duck pond, a mill house and an interesting manor house with a medieval tower. The route then leaves the village and passes more countryside and some woodland before returning you to the car park.
PostcodeTA5 1EG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into Kilve village and you could enjoy some post walk rest and refreshment at the Hood Arms. The historic coaching inn dates back to the 17th century and serves a fine Sunday roast. They have a lovely garden area and also provide accommodation if you'd like to stay in the area. You can find them at postcode TA5 1EA for you sat navs.
Near the car park there's also the Chantry Tea Gardens where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea.
The beach and coastal path are great for dog walking. You'll probably see other owners on your visit. The Hood Arms and tea rooms are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The West Somerset Coast Path, Quantock Greenway and the Coleridge Way all pass through the area, providing an opportunity to extend your walking in the area. You could follow the West Somerset Coast path east to Lilstock Beach and the power station at Hinkley Point. Heading west would take you towards Watchet. The nearby village has an interesting maritime history with many old buildings including two museums and an ancient 16th century inn.
The Coleridge Way can be picked up at nearby West Quantoxhead. The epic trail follows in the footsteps of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, visiting some of the places that inspired his works.
Heading south would take you to the pretty village of Holford where you could climb to the Dowsborough Camp Iron Age Hill Fort.