DIRECTIONS • By car: Junction 21, M5. Take road to Weston-super-mare then Kewstoke. Head north on coast road to Sand Point car park.
We will enjoy our picnic on the beach then a walk along the bay out to Sand Point (and back), approx. 5 miles.
• Bring picnic food
Sand Bay is a strip of coast in North Somerset bordered to the south by Worlebury Hill and to the north by Middle Hope and Sand Point. It lies 2 miles north of the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, and across the Bristol Channel from South Wales.
Sand Point is owned by the National Trust and is the further arm of the bay.
Whilst on our walk we will see:
• The old Ministry of Defence establishment at St Thomas’s Head.
• Down to the right is a ruined shrimping hut, used up until the 1930s to boil up the catch of shrimps ready to be taken to Weston-Super-Mare.
• Arrive at another conical hill, a lookout during the Second World War and possibly a beacon site.
• Down to the right is an unusual earth bank, thought to date back to the Iron Age.
• If you are lucky you may spot a seal. Down to the right is a ruined shrimping hut, used up until the 1930s to boil up the catch of shrimps ready to be taken to Weston-Super-Mare.
• The beach has unusual volcanic rock formations called pillow lavas, formed as molten lava cooled quickly as it flowed under the sea. Tuffs can also be seen on the beach – solidified volcanic ash.
• There will be many different types of wildlife and birds around, Stuart will be able to able to identify a lot of coastal plants that can only be found in the area.
There is a pub (no food) in the village and a tea room near the car park (alas no longer the famous 'Grandma’s Tea Rooms', as it has a new owner now called 'Sand Bay cafe' who does good food for tea & coffee & cake where we can go if wet or on route back to the pub after the walk.
Some rough walking, steps, slopes. For the avoidance of doubt, the car park is the one with the combined loo and bus shelter, and in the middle of Sand Bay.
For more info on some of the walk you can click on this link: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mendip-hills/things-to-see-and-do/article-1355822697393/
The Bristol Hiking Group will be also be joining us.
We can finish off in the pub for a drink to reflect on day & chat with our many friends.
Katrina & Stuart
WE WILL NEED A LIFT FOR THIS ONE, as it is not feasible by public transport. NO LIFT, NO WALK!!