This is one of our walkers' favourite walks; it's hard to believe that there's such a delightful coastal walk so close to Bristol.
We've created a circular 5.5 mile walk, starting in the middle of Sand Bay and heading inland to the ancient Priory of Woodspring. The Augustinian priory was founded by William de Courtney in the early 13th century and dedicated to Thomas Becket. The surviving buildings are owned by the Landmark Trust and the whole area has a wonderfully peaceful feel to it, with sheep often grazing amongst the old apple orchard. It's a perfect place for a short stop.
The walk then ascends to the Middle Hope Nature Reserve and the magnificent headland of Sand Point. Here on a good day you will get wonderful views up and down the Bristol Channel and spot swallows, greenfinches and skylarks as well as the many sea birds. Sand Point is an extension of the Mendip Hills, which then dip beneath the estuary surfacing again as Steep and Flat Holm.
The last leg hugs Sand Bay itself where you will see the historical signs of warfare dotted along the beach in the form of pill boxes. It's also a good opportunity (if you want) to take your shoes off and try barefoot Nordic walking amongst the dunes. There's a rather quaint tea room just near the car park so you can enjoy a drink/some food before heading home. Or else bring a picnic and enjoy it on the beach.
Walk led by Miro
No dogs please.
Cost: Members £18, Non members £24
Please note we need a minimum of eight to run this walk.
Refunds are by way of credit to your Nordic walking account. If you would like a reund to your bank account please let us know. Refunds to credit/debit cards are subject to a 1.4% +20p fee for european cards and a 2.9% + 20p fee for non-european cards.