Leg 1: Steart to Combwich [11.5k]

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Start at WWT Main Car Par - End at Combwich Harbour Buoy/Obelisk



From start by car park entrance run northeast along Stert Drove.

⇓        •Road is open to traffic, beware of moving vehicles


Reaching shoreline at Bridgewater Bay NNR car park join grassy shoreline footpath.

⇓        Beware of dips, drainage pipes and other trip hazards hidden in grass


Near sign post at end of path from Dowells Farm NNR car park [location of old start] path rises slightly to continue along shoreline and becomes pebbly.

⇓        Mixed underfoot conditions


Path turns inland and almost doubles back in field along grassy footpath to join farm track through gate at fence line.

⇓        Mixed underfoot conditions


Track takes 90 degree turn to right then shortly to left.

⇓        Loose gravel in places


Go straight ahead though farm style gate where track changes to tarmac. Stay on road.

⇓        Road is open to traffic, beware of moving vehicles and possible farm animals


Turn left off of tarmac road along graveled access track heading toward river.

⇓        Loose gravel in places


Go straight ahead though farm style gate and shortly after turn right onto smooth lightly graveled cycle and walking path running alongside fence at edge of flood marsh.

⇓        Watch out for cyclists and bird watchers concentrating other things than runners.


Just before coming back to road path turns sharp left to follow fence.  Keep on path as it curves along edge of the flood marsh.

⇓        Keep eye out for cyclists  bird watchers concentrating other things than runners.


Almost back to start car park route turns sharp left, signed toward river Parrett and Combwich.  Path splits and rejoins again so just keep heading toward river.

⇓        Keep watching out for cyclists and bird watchers concentrating other things than runners.


At river, avoid temptation for swim and turn right to head along bankside path.

⇓        Mixed underfoot conditions


By bench seat, soon after crossing over drain from marshes grassy path forks left from main gravel path. Follow grassy path to keep by river until reaching harbour entrance.

⇓        Mixed underfoot conditions

Turn inland at harbour and sprint toward obvious red and white obelisk

⇓        KMixed underfoot conditions


Handover point to next leg is at red and white buoy/obelisk - Well done!


Additional Information:

The nature reserves at Steart have areas operated by both the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Natural England. 

The WWT is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life itself.  Wetlands are the primary source of drinking water for people and wildlife.  They also connect us with nature, and with ourselves, through beautiful landscapes and inspiring encounters with wildlife.

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) were established to protect some of our most important habitats, species and geology, and to provide ‘outdoor laboratories’ for research.  Most "National Nature Reserves" offer great opportunities to schools, specialist interest groups and to the public to experience wildlife at first hand and to learn more about nature conservation.

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