This is one of Clevedon’s great walks, raw and beautiful with stunning views of the River Severn Estuary, a beautiful golf course and a secluded pebble beach.
Indeed as soon as we leave Clevedon along the coastal path we’ll start to enjoy incredible views of the channel, looking out at Wales and Portishead.
We’ll then leave the path into a field and across a small section of road to reach Walton Common, a grassland and woodland famed for its wildflowers and butterflies with excellent views of the Gordano Valley.
Dexter cattle have been introduced for 9 months of the year to graze the reserve and prevent scrub and bracken encroachment. An underground electric fencing system has been installed, which effectively creates invisible barriers, stopping livestock straying beyond the boundary.
On leaving the Common we’ll drop down into Walton in Gordano and take a footpath through the historic Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, largely of the 15th century although the tower and porch were built around 1300.
Then a steady climb through a stunning boulevard of trees to Clevedon Golf Club with its immaculate greens and fairways, and we’ll skirt around the edges to enjoy further wonderful coastal views.
As we head homeward we’ll rejoin the coastal path and Clevedon Pier will come into view. Clevedon Pier opened 1869 to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales, and the National Piers Society awarded its 25th annual ‘Pier of the Year’ prize to Clevedon, recognising the community value of this historic Grade I listed pier saved from demolition 50 years ago.
And if you’d like to wind down afterwards, join us at Scarlett’s, a nice beachfront café with views of the pier and a 10 min walk from our finish point.
Date: Saturday 16th March
Duration: 2 & 1/2 hours
Length: 5 miles
Instructor: Jenny (07791 462134)
Terrain: Coastal path – some single file, fields, some short steep inclines but a mostly easy Nordic walk
Meeting Place: Walton Park Hotel – Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, BS21 7BL – don’t park in their car park, there is free parking in the road there or at the end of Robin Lane.
All cancellations will be automatically credited to your Bristol Nordic Walking account. Please note you will not receive any refund if you cancel 72 hours before this walk.