Sand Point circular coastal walk

Walking trail

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.

Sand Point, extension of the Mendip Hills, Somerset


Map route for Sand Point circular coastal walk


Sand Point car park, grid ref: ST330659


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 right, 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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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.

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Sand Point car park, grid ref: ST330659

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Sand Point circular coastal walk


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.

Dogs are welcome. Please keep them on leads when livestock are grazing.

Sand Point circular coastal walk

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Sand Point circular coastal walk

How to get here

Sand Point, Near Weston-super-Mare, BS22 9UD
By road

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

By foot

Walk along beach from Kewstoke.

Sand Point circular coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • No immediate public toilet facilities
  • Cafés, shops and ice creams available nearby in Kewstoke
  • Dogs are welcome under close control and on leads near livestock
  • Car parking charges apply high season: £3.50 all day, low season: £1 all day, National Trust members park for free