GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blue Anchor To Dunster Beach Walk

2 miles (3 km)

This walk takes you along Blue Anchor Bay on the Somerset coast. The long sandy beach is a popular place for a walk with rocky cliffs and alabaster rocks which are great for fossil hunting. There are also some great views towards Minehead and Watchet.
You can start the walk from Blue Anchor train station on theWest Somerset Heritage Railway. The station is right next to the beach where you can head north west to the Dunster Beaches Estate Nature Reserve. Here you'll find woods, a large lake, rare flowers and lots of coastal birds.
At the end of the route there's also the Hawn, a large freshwater lake with a pleasant nature trail along the water.
To extend the walk head inland to visit the historic Dunster Castle where there's some lovely grounds to explore. You could also continue along the West Somerset Coast Path towards Minehead or Watchet.

Blue Anchor To Dunster Beach Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blue Anchor To Dunster Beach Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Steam Coast Trail runs alongside the beach. This shared cycling and walking path runs along a surfaced path ideal for a safe cycle or walk.

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Blue Anchor (2020-09-16) 08

Blue Anchor beach

Blue Anchor Bay, Somerset - geograph.org.uk - 2483207

Blue Anchor Bay, Somerset

Blue Anchor Station - panoramio

Blue Anchor Station

Nature trail, at Dunster Beach - geograph.org.uk - 3432888

Nature trail, at Dunster Beach Lake.

Looking across towards Anchor Bay from Dunster - geograph.org.uk - 916913

Looking across towards Anchor Bay from Dunster

Dunster Beach - geograph.org.uk - 2611506

Dunster Beach

Exercising dogs on Dunster Beach - geograph.org.uk - 2611513

Exercising dogs on Dunster Beach

The Hawn - Dunster Beach West Somerset - geograph.org.uk - 3366038

The Hawn, Dunster Beach. The Hawn, once a navigable channel through the sands and pebbles to Nap Lock ridge on Dunster beach. Now landlocked. This fresh water lake was the old medieval harbour called Dunster Haven on the old course of the River Avill. It’s a footbridge today, but was originally constructed as sluice or lock gate in 1868–1869 after the survey by George Perrie which was commissioned by Mr. Luttrell & D V J Stephenson, civil engineer of Edinburgh.

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