A new coastal path trail has opened in one of the many beautiful parts of Somerset attracting ramblers from all around the county town.
The Castles and Coast Way is a 13-mile circular footpath which runs from Nether Stowey to Stogursey and on to the Somerset coast at Shurton Bars, linking the Coleridge Way to the England Coast Path National Trail. This will eventually run around the coast of England.
The opening event was held in Shurton, Stogursey with the ribbon being cut by David Fothergill, the Leader of Somerset County Council who spoke to Tone News ahead of the ceremony: “This part of Somerset may not be the most well-known, but it has plenty to offer; the archaeology, geology, natural history, ecology and, of course, the beautiful landscape.
“This new walk takes in stunning views of the Quantock and Mendip Hills, Exmoor, the Bristol Channel and Wales and other far reaching views across Somerset”.
Councillor Fothergill was joined at the opening by Ramblers from Taunton, West Somerset and Sedgemoor, along with David Eccles, head of Stakeholder Engagement at EDF Energy.
The development of the trail was made possible through Section 106 funding for rights of way from EDF Energy and can be completed as a day walk or undertaken in smaller sections which lend themselves to easier circular walks.
With so many routes to choose from, this is well signposted with the Castles and Coast Way logo and there is a free accompanying booklet to guide you along the coastal path trail. You can read more about the route on the Coleridge Way Walk website by clicking HERE.
There are so many fantastic walks in Somerset with some amazing views of the Bristol Channel and if you are feeling really active and have plenty of time on your hands, you may want to continue along the North Devon Coastline.