Watchet Circular Coastal Walk
This coastal Somerset town is in a great spot for exploring the nearby Exmoor and Quantock Hills AONB.
The town has an interesting maritime history with many old buildings including two museums and an ancient 16th century inn. There's also two beaches including Helwell Bay where you can go fossil hunting.
This circular walk starts at the harbour and then heads west along a section of the West Somerset Coast Path. You will pass the Iron Age fort Daw's Castle and Cridland's Copse before coming to Home Farm. Here you can pick up the Monk's Path to Home Farm Blue Anchor and follow it south east to Old Cleeve and the neighbouring village of Washford. The walk then picks up the route of the Old Somerset Mineral Railway, following it north along the Washford River to Watchet.
To extend the walk you could continue west along the coast path Dunster beach where you can also visit the historic Dunster Castle.
PostcodeTA23 0AN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Watchet
- Minehead - Enjoy a coastal walk in this lovely Somerset town
- Dunkery Beacon - This walk climbs to Dunkery Beacon on Dunkery Hill, the highest point in Exmoor and Somerset
- Brendon Hills - Explore the Brendon Hills range on this challenging walk in the Exmoor National Park
- West Somerset Coast Path - Follow the beautiful Somerset coast through the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on this lovely coastal walk.
The walk begins at the car park at Steart, next to the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve Nature Reserve
- Nutscale Reservoir - This small reservoir is located on Exmoor near Minehead
- Channel to Channel - This walk takes you from the English Channel to the Bristol Channel, through the Devon and Somerset countryside
- Dunster Castle - Explore the parkland, woodland and Historic Deer Park surrounding this Norman Castle near Minehead
- South West Coast Path - This incredible 600 mile walk follows the coast from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall and onto the finish point at Poole in Dorset
- Coleridge Way - Travel through the Exmoor National Park and the stunning Quantocks Hills as you walk in the footsteps of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
You start off in the pretty village of Nether Stowey, at the foot of the Quantock Hills and head west towards Holford, passing the iron age fort of Dowsborough on the way.
You continue through a wooded section at Alfroxton Woods and onto Stowborrow Hill with its resident deer before passing through Bicknoller and Monksilver where you enter Combe Sydenham Country Park
- Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead - This circular walk explores a beautiful area of coast and countryside in the Quantocks.
- Crowcombe - This Somerset based village makes a fine start point for exploring the surrounding Quantocks Hills and Brendon Hills.
Pebbles Tavern is a great choice for fans of real ale and cider. The pub has won many CAMRA awards for Cider Pub of the Year including 2020 and in 2015 was the 'runner-up' National Cider Pub of the Year. You can find them on Market Street at postcode TA23 0AN for your sat navs.
There's also the 16th century Bell Inn, the oldest pub in the town. They are located just 100 yards from Watchet's picturesque Marina at postcode TA23 0AN.
The coast and country trails make for a fine dog walk. Both the Pebbles Tavern and the Bell mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Channel to Channel Walk starts/finishes at the harbour in the town. The long distance route takes you from the English Channel to the Bristol Channel, through some lovely Devon and Somerset countryside. You could follow the trail south to visit Williton where you can pick up the Macmillan Way West.
If you head west to Minehead you could pick up the epic South West Coast Path which starts/finishes here.
Head a few miles east along the coast and you could explore Kilve Beach and East Quantoxhead. The beach is a great place for fossil hunting and walks along the cliff top path. There's also a lovely cafe for cream teas and a 17th century coaching inn in Kilve village.