Somerset Coast Path

Somerset Coast Path

A diverse seaside walk from Weston-super-Mare to Minehead along Somerset’s Jurassic Coast.

5 to 8 nights
66 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £560 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

The Somerset Coast Path was opened in 2016 as part of ongoing plans to develop a full England Coast Path, showcasing the full range of the country’s coastal beauty. This attractive walking holiday stretches from Weston-super-Mare across Somerset’s unsung Jurassic coastline to the start of the South West Coast Path in Minehead, taking in a variety of stunning scenery along the way.

As well as taking a bracing walk along the dramatic ridge of Brean Down, this largely low-level trail boasts fascinating fossil beaches, quaint seaport villages, rugged peninsulas - from which to watch wildlife - and some of the longest sands in Europe, offering plenty to see and explore while enjoying the quiet atmosphere and incredible views throughout.

Choose from a range of itineraries to perfect your walking holiday on the Somerset Coast Path.

© Contours Walking Holidays Somerset Coast Path map
66 miles (105 km)
1st March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Following the River Parrett out of Bridgwater towards Combwich and up to Steart Marshes, taking in a vast array of wildlife along the way.

Heading right out to the water’s edge on Berrow Sands and dipping your feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking into the ancient harbour town of Watchet and admiring the colourful boats in its busy marina.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SCP1 From Weston-super-Mare to Minehead 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£560
SCP2 From Weston-super-Mare to Minehead 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£670
SCP3 From Weston-super-Mare to Minehead 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£895

Somerset Coast Path 5 nights, 4 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that just east of Doniford, at the west end of St Audrie's Bay, the headland is not passable for two hours either side of high tide. This will be on the final day of walking for SCP1 or SCP2 itineraries, or the penultimate day on SCP3. Be sure to check tide times before heading on to the beach.  Click here to view up-to-date tide times. 


Travel to Weston-super-Mare where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Weston-super-Mare to Huntspill. 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 2

Huntspill to Cannington. 19 miles (30km)

Day 3

Cannington to Kilve/East Quantoxhead(L). 16.5 miles (30.5km)

Day 4

Kilve/East Quantoxhead(L) to Minehead. 13.5 miles (21.5km)


Depart from Minehead after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The Somerset Coast Path passes through a wide selection of wonderful locations that are well worth pausing in and exploring more thoroughly. Extend your holiday by booking extra nights at any of your overnight stops, and enjoy the many fantastic attractions on offer in each new place.

Weston-super-Mare marks the start of our Somerset Coast Path tours, and has plenty to see and do if you wish to spend an extra night here. Dubbed the original British seaside resort, this bustling town is steeped in Victorian history and dominated by a fantastic beach, and is also close to such famous tourist attractions as Glastonbury, Wookie, Cheddar and Wells. As well as a full range of facilities, shops and eateries to browse, Weston-super-Mare also has a fascinating museum dedicated to geology, archaeology, art and social history, dating from the Iron Age all the way up to the 20th century.

If you’re looking for somewhere quieter to spend a rest day, Huntspill is a quiet little village on the banks of Huntspill River, which feeds directly into the sea. As well as being ideally located to help you explore the surrounding countryside, Huntspill has plenty of unique charm and intriguing history to uncover. The Grade I-listed Church of St Peter was established back in 1208, and has seen many changes over the centuries, including being gutted by fire in 1878. There is also a lovely pub in which to relax while you prepare for the rest of your walk.

At the end of your walk is the traditional town of Minehead, the perfect place in which to spend an extra day celebrating the completion of your holiday. The old buildings, tree-lined avenues, independent shops and beautiful surrounding countryside give the impression of Minehead being frozen in time, with the biggest contributor to this atmosphere being the terminus of the West Somerset Railway, the longest standard gauge railway in Britain. Other attractions include the tranquil Blenheim Gardens, the Minehead Museum, the Regal Theatre, the small harbour and the sweeping, sandy beach, from which you can enjoy a variety of activities including windsurfing and kayaking.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 65.5 miles (105 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 19 miles (30.5 km)
Code: SCP1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 1st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Weston-super-Mare
End of holiday: Minehead

Route Profile

Somerset Coast Path Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Exeter and Newquay Airport.

By Rail- There is a rail way station at the start of the trail (Weston-Super-Mare). The nearest railway station to the end of the trail (Minehead) is at Taunton (about 25 miles away).

By bus- Various buses run to Weston-Super-Mare. Buses run from Minehead to Taunton.

From London- Trains run from London Paddington Station to Weston-Super-Mare.

Return to the start of the trail - Take a bus/taxi from Minehead to Taunton. Then take the train from Taunton to Weston-Super-Mare.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Somerset Coast Path - Somerset, England, UK - Self-Guided Walking Holidays

Please note that we do not currently provide dog-friendly holidays along this trail due to lack of suitable accommodation. We will continue to research all available options in the hopes that we can offer dog-friendly holidays on the Somerset Coast Path in the near future.
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