103. Kewstoke to Burnham on Sea

With only 57 miles to go until I finish the gap between Burnham on Sea and Chepstow, I decided that I need to make 3 more trips to North Somerset/ Avon. To

Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare

day was one of those ‘awkward’ sections with a little mileage as the crow flies, but an inconvenient river crossing and ‘an out and back’ meant this 20 miler was no pushover.

I looked at the bus times and if I was to walk Burnham on Sea to Kewstoke then I would not be walking until about midday. So I chose to park close to Kewstoke on Sandy bay road and start my walk there. By the time I arrived in Burnham the Sunday hourly service wo

Steps up to Brean Down

uld be in operation.

Looking down to Brean Beach from Brean Down
Kite Buggy on Brean Beach
The rather forlorn pier at Burnham on Sea

I set off at 6:45 and it was still chilly, although the sun was out by now. The tree lined route that runs alongside the Kewstoke Tollgate road, had a few ups and downs, but at least I was spared walking along the road. The path sits on the northern side of Worlebury Hill, a densely wooded area that guards Weston Super Mare to the north. The path rounds the tip of Worlebury hill and returns back down to the road. I caught my first glimpse of the ruined and dilapidated pier running out to Birnbeck Island. Almost immediately I was in Weston with the seafront of Weston Bay sweeping round past the recently re-furbished Knighstone development and the Grand Pier just coming into view. Few people are about at this time on a Sunday morning. Just after the Seaquarium I come top the permanently closed Dismaland. As a fan of Banksy, I regret not making the effort to get tickets for the event. I have a slight breeze at my back, which pushes me along past the deserted Ferris Wheel.

The path directs me down to the beach, which also serves as large car park, £8 to park for the day!! When I reach the golf course the cycle route I am now on (No. 33) is directed past a boat yard and an old quarry. I am now passing through Uphill and join The Mendip Way for a short distance. As I enter the Bleadon Levels I hear my first Cuckoo call of the year…. always a magical moment.


Since starting out this morning I have had the small hill promontory of Brean Down in my sights, knowing that I must walk out to that. I appear back on a road, the main rail line running alongside, fortunately the traffic is light before I am directed off down a footpath towards Wick farm.

Distance today = 20 miles
Total distance =   1616 miles


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