komoot planned a hike.
June 19, 2019
The start of the 630 mile (1,014 kilometer) South West Coast Path is marked by a magnificent metal sculpture of a map held between two hands.
As you leave the sculpture and pretty coastal town of Minehead, it is a challenging climb to the summit of Selworthy Beacon, where you are afforded wonderful views over the rolling countryside and out to sea.
The trail takes you through woodland, along cliff tops and down wooded combes with bracken, gorse and streams, you can see lots of wildlife and many rare species of flora and fauna, as well as red deer skipping through the landscape.
Whilst there are a few challenging climbs and descents on this first stage, the hiking is relatively easy-going and at less than ten miles (17 kilometers), it makes for a good introduction to this iconic trail.
There is a range of accommodation and places to eat and drink around Porlock Weir.
June 20, 2019