The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest National Trail with 630 miles of diverse coastal scenery. The full length of the path has been run in an incredible 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes by Damian Hall on 24th May 2016.
However the majority who journey along the trail walk it and take their time, some tackle sections over several years enjoying every footstep and turn of the path.
The South West Coastal Path begins at this very point, leading west to the iconic Lands End where it must double back after rounding the tip of Cornwall. It then heads east along the south coast to finally end at Poole Harbour in Dorset.
The sculpture you see here is by Owen Cunningham and known affectionately by locals as the Iron Giant. Local folklore tells of another giant, The Giant of Grabbist, who resided in the hills by the same name a little to the south of Minehead. Just above Dunster village there is a cutting in the hillside called Arthur's Seat and according to legend this is where on a Summer Solstice morning he will sit and await the rising sun to bless the health of his flock of sheep for the coming year.
Welcome to Higher Town Trail
We have placed old Somerset dialect words throughout these Storywalks which come from a publication originally compiled in 1889. To find out what each word means you'll need to pop into the premises and ask. So the word here is ‘appledrane' (pronounced aa'pl drae'un) to find the answer you'll have to pop into The Quay Inn and ask.
Directions - Cross the road, the next chapter will reveal in the alleyway opposite marked Path to North Hill.