Hidden gems on Somerset’s coast

Walking the new England Coast Path – on your doorstep!

To those who don’t know Somerset it can come as a surprise that it has a coast. Even those who live in the area can be taken aback by its sheer variety. In a relatively short distance, you can find Jurassic rocks, sand dunes, mudflats, fossils and salt marsh!

Thanks to the opening two years ago of the one of the newest stretches of the England Coast Path, you can take in all these delights and more in one well-marked, manageable 58-mile trail. And what gems await you: there is a waterfall, hilltop castle, steam train, boat museum, limestone pavements, wildlife reserves and a lighthouse on legs.

You can walk the path in either direction, but if you begin at Brean Down you take in fantastic views of the journey head from the top of this natural pier. This spot boasts the site of a Roman temple, a Victorian fort and a panorama including the Bristol Channel and the Somerset Levels.

Hinkley Campus, our on-site accommodation, opened its doors to HPC workers in June. The state-of-the-art 510-bed facility is the culmination of much hard work and collaboration from our supply chain contractors.

The facility managed by HOST, a newly established business consortium of local suppliers who have come together to service the campus accommodation, is in size comparable to Europe’s second-largest hotel establishment (when Sedgemoor Campus also comes online later this year).

From Brean, you walk along one of the longest stretches of sand in Europe, which, with the second-highest tidal range in the world, is sometimes a narrow strip and sometimes a vast open expanse. Following the River Parrett inland from its mouth brings you into Bridgwater via the Docks.

EDF Energy helped fund signs detailing the town’s proud past as a port. Back out on the coast is newly created Steart Marshes reserve. During the construction of Hinkley Point C, the path is diverted around the site and gives some fascinating glimpses of progress as you pass by. Hugging the coast once more, the path passes the beautiful Lilstock, Kilve and St Audries bays before heading into the quaint town of Watchet, on to Blue Anchor and beyond Dunster to the finish line at Minehead.

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