Walking the Somerset Coast & Quantock Hills

3 Nights in UK
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Half Board

What you can expect

Quantock Hills

An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Delightful Watchet

Historical & charming coastal town

Weston-Super-Mare

The famous Victorian pier

About the trip

New for this Summer, join us on a fantastic Somerset Solos fully guided walking weekend. Discover and explore the West Somerset Coast path, the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Quantock Hills along with “Weston-super Mare’s hidden gem” Sand Bay.

Easy to Medium

What's included?

  • Single room with private facilities
  • Half Board: Breakfast and three course evening dinner
  • FREE bar 6pm – 10 pm each evening and live entertainment
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Blue Badge Walking Guide
  • 2 x fully guided walking days
  • Return Bus transfers on first days walk

Itinerary

  • Arrive & Check In
  • Somerset Coast & Quantock Hills
  • Weston Woods to Sandy Bay
  • Departure Day

Extras

  • Insurance click here
  • Lunches
  • Room Upgrades

What you’ll be doing

DAY 1

Arrive & Check In

Check-in to hotel, meet our tour leader, fellow Solos guests and enjoy our first evening meal.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Somerset Coast and Quantock Hills

Our first days walk begins by taking our bus to the start of the walk to the picturesque village of Kilve.  This where we join the West Somerset Coast Path.  The symbol for the path is an ammonite and the West Coast Path is often called Somerset’s Jurassic Coast due to the number of fossils which have been found.  Our route takes us 7 miles along the coastal path and then we head into the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), first designated in 1956.  Along the walk we will enjoy magnificent seaward views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and inward views to the Quantock Hills and Exmoor.  Our guide along the way will explain about the surroundings regarding the wealth of geology that has made the shores a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with wonderful rock formations.  Apart from fossils,  the coast at Kilve is rich in oil-bearing shale and large sums of money were invested in the past of a hoped oil boom.  Little of this remains today except of the old oil retort built in the early 1900s.

After leaving the coast path we will head into the Quantocks and join the Coleridge Way and Quantock Greenway.  The Coleridge Way was opened in 2005 and links several sites associated with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge starting from Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey.  The Quantock Greenway was founded in 2001.  On this leg of the walk we pass through deciduous and coniferous woodland, past 17th and 18th century parkland, over fields into Williton heading towards Watchet.

If time allows and matches in with the timetable, we can catch the steam train to take us into Watchet on the West Somerset Railway, Britain’s longest preserved railway of which runs 20 miles from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead. If we can catch the train (not guaranteed) it is two stops to Watchet. If not we will continue on foot the last 2.5 miles by foot to Watchet enjoying the views along the way.

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DAY 3

Weston Woods to Sand Bay

Today we meet our walking guide at our hotel to begin our walk. We take the road to the entrance of Weston Woods and continue onto the Lower Road to Sand Bay.  On the way we can enjoy the lovely views across the Bristol Channel and Sand Bay.  We continue from Sand Bay to the ancient Monks Steps also known as St Kew’s steps through the woods on Monks Hill.   From Monks Hill we walk through upper Weston and return to the woods to follow the path to the Iron Age Hill fort.  The fort is unique in that it was built of stone and has the remains of several storage pits from nearly 3,000 years ago. From here we walk towards the Prince Consort Gardens before heading back to our hotel. During the days walk we will stop for lunch and refreshments (at own cost) along the route.

 

Walking Distance 6 Miles

Actual Walking Time 3 hours

Easy walking mostly flat but some slopes up to the woods.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 4

Departure Day

After a leisurely breakfast, its time to check out and perhaps have a final meander around Weston-Super-Mare before heading home

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

The New Ocean Hotel 2*

This simple and traditional seaside family-run hotel, fast becoming a Solos favourite, is perfectly situated opposite Weston’s famous Marine Lake and offers panoramic views over Weston Bay and beyond making this a perfect base for our Somerset walking break . It’s unrivalled position along the promenade is only a few minutes stroll to the town centre and a short taxi ride away form Weston Super-Mare railway station.

Facilities Include

Enjoy the many facilities on offer including a large dance floor and a nightly entertainment programme in the bar/lounge area with a fully stocked bar. Wifi is available in the bar/lounge area and is provided free of charge

Room Includes

All single rooms are equipped with full en-suite facilities, direct dial telephones, flat screen digital television, hairdryer, many rooms have level access from the lift.

 

Room upgrades available (Subject to availability)

Larger Superior Single – £18 per stay

Superior Sea View single – £18 per stay

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 6 °C 1 °C
March 9 °C 2 °C
April 11 °C 3 °C
May 15 °C 6 °C
June 18 °C 9 °C
July - August 20 °C 11 °C
September 17 °C 9 °C
October 14 °C 7 °C
November 9 °C 3 °C
December 7 °C 2 °C

Our Reviews

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Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!

Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.

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