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Yeo Estuary Somerset & Bristol

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Wain's Hill at Clevedon
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Wain's Hill at Clevedon

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Site Details

From the town of Clevedon on the North Somerset coast a walk exists from the south west of the town along a permissive footpath (partway; see below). The walk is along the coast of the Bristol Channel which is a very good area for waders and the like. The habitat includes tidal salt marsh, mudflats, some small areas of woodland and farmland which supports a wide variety of species throughout the year. Regular birds include, Peregrine Falcon, Little Egret, Buzzard, Stonechat, Wheatear, Goosander and Ringed Plover depending on the season. The Severn Estuary has a very high tidal range and timing your visit around high tide can be crucial or else the birds will be mere specs in your scope or bins!.

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It is best to start the walk from the church in the west end of town (ST393707). From Junction 20 of M5 take the first L off the motorway, left at the next roundabout, straight over the next and then left to the church, which is about 400 metres past the sports centre on the left-hand side.


Walk is along a good permissive footpath, several stiles but very flat. Note that the permissive right-of-way does not extend beyond the Kenn estuary (Kingston Pill).


Usually no problem on a minor road opposite the church cemetery. No charges.

Opening Times

Any reasonable time.


None on the walk, but Clevedon is a large town with plenty of facilities.

Key Areas / Routes

Check the woodland when you start the walk for a variety of warblers. The Harbour for ducks, pipits, gulls and waders. The Blind Yeo for Goosander in winter. Blackstone Rocks especially good for Peregrine Falcon and waders. Large flocks of waders can appear anywhere along the coastline (especially Kingston Pill).

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