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WALK | Find the Spirit of Clevedon on the Poets Walk | Somerset

Overlooking the waters of the Bristol Channel
Overlooking the waters of the Bristol Channel

Climb into the Headlands of Clevedon To See More and More

A fascinating coastal wander out of the seaside town of Clevedon

Climb the headland to find stupendous sea views and intriguing historic spots including the old Sugar Lookout, the wonderful church of St Andrew and the ancient scheduled Iron Age Hill Fort

Get an insight, take an hour or so to follow the signposted Poets' Walk to see what once wordsmiths gained from this Somerset seaside hotspot

From the coast on the headland
From the coast on the headland

"...That wonderful blend of sea air, coastal wander and historical intrigue... it's a path which begs to be followed..."

Description |

Clevedon once smelled not just of the sea, of the Bristol Channel and the industry of these parts but of Violets which were grown on the hills above this Somerset coastal town. It was known as the Clevedon Violet and much beloved of Queen Victoria. But now, the violets are gone and so too the poets and the literary fellows who came here for the air, the inspiration and the company.

The Poets’ Walk is a popular coastal tramp. Not too far. Not in distance but it climbs and bobs along the headland out of this classic seaside resort. Once beloved in Victorian times by the citizens of Bristol and Bath who took time to sea-bathe and promenade along the front and past the pier. It is still popular for weekend and holidays moments.

Clevedon still offers much for amusement and coastal calm. For as the salty air blows in, the Clevedon Pier first opened in 1869 offers an opportunity to marshal the breeze from its pavilion and the Marine Lake and its neighbouring attractions still offer potential seaside fun.

But it is the Poets’ Walk which offers a joyful look at Clevedon before and aft. And although it was named for its connections with literature, Coleridge took his honeymoon here and Tennyson amongst others had connections to the Eltons of Clevedon Court – this walk is much more about the town itself. A pocket-sized introduction to the history, the culture, the atmosphere of Clevedon.

The green painted fingerposts beckon you on with their signage for the Poets’ Walk. Head up from past the Marine Lake, up what seems a myriad of steps and options that criss-cross this wooded headland. The sea air, the bracing wind hits you with perfect refreshing breathlessness as you follow this buffeted pathway. The Lookout, though touched up, is an apt reminder of the connections between the ocean and the history of the maritime Clevedon, Bristol and Britain as a whole. A triangular point of the trade in sugar, in manufactured goods and indeed slaves. Where now you look out into the waves to see peace - business, bloody business once made landfall into these West Country lands. 

On and on. Past the church and the calls to heritage (The Iron Bollard and the Tennyson Posts), the sea gulls drifting over head and on. Before ancient history appears before you. Not just a flat headland but once an Iron Age Hill Fort now known as Wain’s Hill. A call to arms at the Second World War Pill Box. 

But all set amongst breath-taking coastal views. Take a breath. Take a minute. Sit on one of the aged benches. But do follow the path back down past the church, and its allotments. See the life of this town. The thatched rooves and period cottages still tucked amidst modern life. Before the path pulls you back to seaside amusement.

The Poets’ Walk – an insight and introduction to Clevedon.

Directions and Map |

Find the Poets' Walk on the seafront in Clevedon. Park near the Marine Lake and find the signs for the Poets' Walk as you head upwards into the cliff

Longitude: -2.868776

Latitude: 51.435052

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