Walk 1856 - printer friendly version
Lilstock & East Quantox Head Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 8.4 miles / 13.7 km
Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference ST172452
Lat 51.1999920 + Long -3.1864649
Postcode TA5 1SU (approx. location only)
Starting from the Somerset village of Lilstock this walk follows the England Coast Path west to East Quantox Head along a rugged section of coast. The route includes three interesting churches, a bracing coastal section, and a taste of the Somerset countryside.
The start is the car park on the north side of Lilstock village close to the sea (grid ref. ST172452). After parking continue north to reach Lilstock Beach. Turn left along the England Coast Path which is followed for three kilometres to reach Kilve Beach car park. From here continue west along the coast path for a further 1.5 kilometres to a kissing gate (grid ref. ST130439). Turn left here and head inland. The path crosses three fields with the hedge on your left to reach a track (grid ref. ST130432).
Turn left along the track between hedges to a lane. Continue straight ahead along the lane into East Quantox Head. Reaching a T-junction, turn left pass a row of cottages and bear right onto a track with a fingerpost by the wall on your right. The path soon enters trees before emerging into a field. Keeping East Wood on your immediate right head east to pass to the left of St. Mary's Church (Kilve).
Bear left and pass the remains of The Chantry on your left which leads to Kilve Beach car park. At the coast, turn right and retrace your steps back along the England Coast Path to the car park at Lilstock. To continue pass through the car park and continue to a tarmac lane (grid ref. ST170449). Keep straight ahead. After 150 metres turn right along a narrow lane. At the next junction turn right uphill. A grassy track on the right provides access to the remains of St. Andrew's Church. Return to the lane and turn right. Follow the lane as it bends right and passes through the village. Continue past Lilstock Farm and at the next junction turn left back to the car park used at the start of the walk.