Stage 5: West Bagborough to Watchet — Channel to Channel Path
Kit P planned a hike.
September 8, 2021
The final push for the Bristol Channel leads you between the Quantock Hills AONB and Exmoor National Park. It’s not a valley per se, rather lower-lying ground that passes underfoot. As a result, this marvellous hike is undulating with some lovely views of both sets of hills.
Hike west from West Bagborough and cross Williton Road at the hamlet of Seven Ash. The trail becomes a byway and leads you under the railway line used by steam trains. Hike north along a lane near Crowcombe – which has a heritage train station if you’d like to take a detour.
Otherwise, turn left along a lane and then pick up a bridle path through woodlands and past farms. The footpath meanders about the countryside before depositing you in Stogumber, a lovely little village where Sir Francis Drake got married. The path uses fields and lanes to get you to Williton, with its pretty church, pubs, bakery and two small supermarkets.
Walk briefly along the B3191 before taking a lane heading north, which turns into a footpath. Turn left and hike west to St Decuman’s Church, where Coleridge is said to have looked out across Watchet harbour and had the inspiration for the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Descend via a track to Watchet and walk along its picturesque harbour. Find the Ancient Mariner and Yankee Jack statues before heading out to the lighthouse. The official route stops on the harbourside, but if you walk to the lighthouse you can gain better views of the Bristol Channel and Watchet itself. Congratulations! You have finished the Channel to Channel Path. The South West Coast Path begins just a short distance west, in Minehead, so if you’ve got a couple of months, why not walk back to Seaton the long way round?
September 16, 2021
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