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Sand Point

3 miles (5.5 km)

Enjoy fine views across the Bristol Channel to Wales on this coastal walk on the edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Sand Point is an extraordinary peninsulastretching out from Middle Hope over the Bristol Channel. The area is geologically significant with carboniferouslimestone and unusual volcanic intrusions. It is also historically fascinating with bowl barrowanddisc barrowdating from lateNeolithicorBronze Ageand the site of a likelymotte-and-bailey castle.It's also the site of Woodspring Priory, a formerAugustinianpriory, founded in the early 13th century. The area is managed by the National Trust and is a popular place for walkers with its wonderful views towardsFlat Holm island,South Wales,Clevedon, theSecond Severn Crossingand theSevern Bridge. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for with various coastal birds visiting the bays below. Keep your eyes peeled for curlews, little egrets, redshank and sandpipers as you make your way across the headland.
Sand Point is located just to the north of Weston-super-Mare, near the village of Kewstoke. You can start your walk from the Sand Point car park at the end of Beach Road, next to the lovely Sand Bay. Then follow the footpath east towards St Thomas Head, passing Woodspring Priory on the way. From here there's nice views down to Woodspring Bay and up the coast to Clevedon.
After taking in the views from St Thomas Head you turn west and head back towards Middle Hope. On the way you can descend to the pretty beach where you can look out for seals. Also look out for the fascinating volcanic rock formations known as pillow lavas, formed as molten lava cooled quickly as it flowed under the sea.
The walk finishes by climbing towards Swallow Cliff where you reach a height of about 130ft, with great views over Sand Bay to enjoy. From the high point you descend back to the finish point at the car park.
To extend your walking in the area you could head south and visit Worlebury Hill where there are nice views over Weston-Super-Mare and woodland trails in the pretty Weston Woods.
In Weston-Super-Mare you can also pick up the West Mendip Way long distance trail and explore the Mendip Hills.
You could also visit the splendid Brean Down which is a similarly beautiful coastal promontory.

Sand Point Postcode

BS22 9UD
N.B Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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