Sand Point and Middle Hope

Sand Point

Sand Point

The stunning stretch of coastline around Sand Point and Middle Hope sits north of Weston-Super-Mare.

It's one of the most beautiful parts of North Somerset, and it's a wonderful place for a picnic, as the views are spectacular.

Enjoy a walk

There are two walks across Sand Point and Middle Hope. The shorter 1 mile walk explores the Huckers Bow salt marshes and goes past the Woodspring Priorty. A longer 3 mile route takes you on a circular coastal walk around Sand Point highlighting the birds to spot.

Woodspring Priory

Woodspring Priory was built in 1230 on the site of a chapel founded by one of the assassins of St Thomas a Becket.

It wasn't finished until the 15th century. So it didn't have long to fulfil its religious role before the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

It was then left empty, and fell into disrepair. It's now been converted into a farmhouse and belongs to the Landmark Trust.

Defending the British coastline

Just like Brean Down further south along the coast, weapons were tested at Sand Point during the Second World War. Some were so strange that they were never seen after their initial trials.

It's believed that Sand Point and Middle Hope were at this point an island, which could be reached at low tide across mud flats. This island formed an ideal site for defence, and two Iron Age settlements have been found.

Wildlife

You can spot plenty of birds on the headland, and not only seabirds. You'll also find swallows, greenfinches and skylarks.

The scrub is ideal for nesting birds, and it also gives a habitat for butterflies such as Gatekeepers and Skippers. In summer it's possible to see a Hummingbird hawk-moth feeding from the flowers of lady's bedstraw.