Watchet has a rich history and in this walk we've tried to pack as much of it in as we can! From the early days serving as a Saxon Burgh to the present as leisure marina and visitor attraction, much has happened here over time.
The town has changed and grown through trade, storms, silt and Viking invasions. King Alfred established a mint here, trades of coal, salt, wine and wood not to mention paper and seaweed (for the glass industry) has passed through this port and been loaded on and off ship and rail. All these phases have left their mark on the town, for example the building the boat museum is currently housed in (just here) was originally designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as an engine shed.
Pictured - two elephants take a break from the circus to bathe in Watchet waters!
Time and Tide
Directions - Walk towards the harbour with the railway line on your right, the next chapter will reveal by the library on the Esplanade. Note - refresh this page whenever the distance counter gets a little sleepy or use the 'help' button on the bar below. But as you amble, consider what the old Somerset dialect phrase ‘popplestone pitching’ (pronounced paup'l-stoa'un-puch'een) might refer to.