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 which is an extension of the Mendip Hills made of limestone 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. They include the priory church, which was a 15th-century replacement for the earlier 13th-century structure, infirmary, barn and 16th-century prior's lodging which was converted into a farmhouse.
We will then ascend to the Middle Hope Nature Reserve (National Trust) and the magnificent headland of Sand Point. Here you will get magnificent views up and down the Bristol Channel. Sand point is an extension of the Mendips hills and made of limestone with volcanic intrusions. Millions of years ago the landscape looked very different, there were volcanoes erupting at Middle Hope and a brownish ash residue reminds us of those days.
There are historical signs of warfare dotted along the beach in the form of pill boxes, built as our first line of defence should invasion have become reality.
We should be able to spot plenty of birds on the headland including seabirds, swallows, greenfinches and skylarks.
The last leg hugs Sand Bay itself and it's a good opportunity 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 warm yourself up with a cuppa before heading home.
Walk led by Victoria Cassely - 07758 075358
No dogs please.
Cost: Members £18, Non members £24