Minehead TIC

Walking

Take a Hike!

Are you a stroller or hiker?

Whoever you are, whatever your age there's a route to suit you!  Ranging from historic town trails, a gentle stroll along the promenade and for the more adventurous, the rugged coastal path and walks on North Hill.

Short walks around Minehead

Minehead has a choice of short walks, some wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

Our favourite short walks to get you started

  • Follow the promenade eastwards past the harbour to Culvercliff.  Stop of at a cafe or pub on the way.  Suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.  Allow approx 30 mins each way.
     
  • Take the West Somerset Coast Path alongside the golf course, past Dunster Beach Chalets then along the beach side path to Blue Anchor.  Allow approx 1.5 hours one way.  Return by bus or steam train (check times at    http://www.travelinesw.com and http://westsomersetrailway.vticket.co.uk/ )
     
  • Take a stroll through The Parks Walks.  Walk inland through the shops to pick up the route following the Bratton Stream.  Suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.  Allow approx 1.5 hours each way.  If you have a smartphone, visit  http://minehead.storywalks.info to enchance your walk with historical and botanical info.
     
  • Follow one of the historic trails around the town - some are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.  If you have a smartphone, visit  http://minehead.storywalks.info to enchance your walk with historical and botanical info.
     

Steam Railway Walks

Take the train, then take a stroll.  For some ideas, see http://www.wsr.org.uk/ba-dr-md-leaflet.pdf

Longer, more challenging walks

There are endless possibilities for longer walks on more challenging terrain starting from Minehead.

Some suggestions:

  • Start of South West Coast Path
    Follow the South West Coast Path westwards to Porlock.  You have the choice of the rugged route (more challenging and a little further) or the inland route.  Allow approx 3.5 - 4.5 hours one way.  Catch the service bus back (check times at http://www.travelinesw.com)

  • Park at Hopcott car park (TA24 6DJ).  Walk up onto Wootton Common, follow the ridge trackway then descend to Dunster.  Return by the same route, or take an alternative (there are many options between Dunster and Hopcott).  Allow approx 1.5 hours each way

Follow the leader

There are lots of opportunities to join guided walks on Exmoor. The rangers of the National Park and Quantock Hills often lead public walks, along with numerous other organisations keen to share their love of Exmoor. Every May you are spoilt for choice with the annual Exmoor Walking Festival boasting a huge range of guided walks.

Call in to the friendly team at Minehead Information Centre for advice on where to walk and to purchase maps and walking guides.