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. Minehead Walking Trails

Minehead Guided Walks

Join one of our guides to discover the hidden stories of Minehead: history and folklore, myths and legends, shipwrecks and smugglers, people and places all brought to life by our enthusiastic guides.  The date of the next trail is Saturday 2 December 2017 departing from Minehead Information Centre at 10am, exploring the historic town centre.  To book a place and for more information, contact Minehead Information Centre Tel: 01643 702624.  £2.50 adult, £1 child. 

Further dates:

26 December 2017 - FREE - Town Trail
16 February 2018 - Harbour Trail
29 March 2018 - Town Trail
30 March 2018 - Harbour Trail
12 April 2018 - Town Trail
13 April 2018 - Harbour Trail
10 May 2018 - Town Trail
11 May 2018 - Harbour Trail

All walks start at 10am (except 26 Dec: starts at 10.30am) departing from outside Minehead Information Centre, The Beach Hotel, near West Somersest Steam Railway.

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 England Coast Path alongside the golf course, past Dunster Beach Chalets then along the good path to Blue Anchor (there is a short section of beach walking at the end).  Allow approx 1.5 hours one way.  Return by steam train (check times at     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.

 

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