Sand Point circular coastal walk

Sand Point, Nr Weston Super Mare

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Sand Point natural pier © Jim Elliott

Sand Point natural pier

Look out for little egrets in the salt marshes © northeastwildlife.co.uk

Look out for little egrets in the salt marshes

Curlew, easily identified by its bubbling song and curved beak © Geoff Smith

Curlew, easily identified by its bubbling song and curved beak

Look out for the wheatear on this walk © northeastwildlife.co.uk

Look out for the wheatear on this walk

Route overview

Sand Point is an extension of the Mendip Hills made of limestone with unusual volcanic intrusions that juts into the Bristol Channel. There is plenty of space, great views across the Bristol Channel to Wales, and up the Bristol Channel to the Severn bridges and lots of wildlife and archaeological features to explore

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

map of sand point to accompany walking directions
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Sand Point car park, grid ref: ST330659

  1. Leave the car park at the rear by a path through trees on the left and climb steeply up the steps. Go through the gate and turn left, keeping the fence on your right. Pass through a ruined stone wall. These were built by French Prisoners captured in the French Revolutionary Wars (1792 – 1802). Head diagonally left across the grassland crossing several low banks toward a gate in the wall ahead. Go through this and the sheep fold and climb up left on to a narrow ridge and follow this until it rejoins the track.

    Sand Point natural pier © Jim Elliott
  2. Carry on along the track ( wall on your right). Pass a gate across a road leading down to the farm, Woodspring Priory Barn and the Priory (no access to them from this point) and continue, now with a fence to your right. Go through more ruined walls until you reach a gate on the right. Pass it and head down a gentle grassy slope towards the salt marsh. Go over a stile and turn left passing a small lagoon where you can see shoals of tiny fish darting around.

    Show/HideSalt marsh bird watching

    Look out for little egrets in the salt marshes or further out on the mudflats you may spot redshanks and sandpipers.

    Look out for little egrets in the salt marshes © northeastwildlife.co.uk
  3. Walk towards the pier, looking out for a stile on the left in the trees. Go over this and follow the path up to the gates of the old Ministry of Defence establishment at St Thomas’s Head. Carry on between the fence and stone walls heading diagonally left across the grass, crossing more banks until you reach a track running parallel with the sea which is below on your right.

  4. Follow the track down to a lovely secluded cove and beach and walk across this until a track heads up and left back to the plateau. Take this track which leads back up to the narrow ridge and sheep fold. Retrace your steps back through the gate, but then take the steep path on the right down to the beach. For a gentler option walk around the top of the bay until a gently sloping path takes you to the far side of the bay.

  5. Carry on across past the beach, with the sea on your right and a curious conical hill to your left. If you are lucky you may spot a seal. Down to the right is a ruined shrimping hut, used up until the 1930s to boil up the catch of shrimps ready to be taken to Weston-Super-Mare. The way soon opens out onto a large flat raised beach platform. Cross this heading for a gate on its left where the high wall ends. The beach has unusual volcanic rock formations called pillow lavas, formed as molten lava cooled quickly as it flowed under the sea. Tuffs can also be seen on the beach – solidified volcanic ash.

    Show/HideCurlews and oyster catchers

    Listen out for the cry of curlews over the mud flats at low tide or watch oyster catchers skimming the waves

    Curlew, easily identified by its bubbling song and curved beak © Geoff Smith
  6. Go over the stile and head up the track on the left. Arrive at another conical hill, a lookout during the Second World War and possibly a beacon site. Down to the right is an unusual earth bank, thought to date back to the Iron Age. Follow the path across the grass, Sand Bay is down to the right, passing two Bronze Age burial sites. Bear right and go through a wooden gate and carry on down the hard track back to the car park.

    Show/HideWheatears

    In spring and autumn, wheatears may be spotted here. This small mainly ground dwelling bird, hops or runs along the shore and has a distinctive white underbelly.

    Look out for the wheatear on this walk © northeastwildlife.co.uk

End: Sand Point car park, grid ref: ST330659

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3 miles (4.8km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Explorer 153
  • Terrain:

    This walk has some steep climbs. Please take care near the cliff edges as there are steep drops so keep children and dogs supervised.There are a couple of stiles to climb over and the ground is generally uneven along the walk. Sturdy footwear is advisable.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: Walk along beach from Kewstoke

    By car: Junction 21, M5. Take road to Weston-super-mare then Kewstoke. Head north on coast road to Sand Point car park

  • Facilities:

    • Car parking free
    • No immediate public toilet facilities
    • Cafés, shops and ice creams available nearby in Kewstoke

     

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