Minehead is the Somerset start point of the 624 mile South West Coastal Path which terminates at Poole in Dorset. This is the UK's longest continuous footpath and was originally created by Customs officers to patrol the otherwise almost inaccessible parts of the coastline used by smugglers.
The SWCP is unargueably the most challenging footpath in the UK as it variously rises and falls from sea level to clifftop and the first section from Minehead to Porlock Weir (8.9 miles) reaches a highpoint of 1013 feet at Selworthy Beacon before dropping back to the sea at the Weir.
For a quick overviewof the section visit - http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/136/
The official beginning of the SWCP is just before the harbour and is marked by a sculpture of a giant pair of hands holding a map. This was designed by the local artist Sarah Ward and realised by sculptor Owen Cunnigham, being completed in 2001.
I personally haven't done this section - it has been on my "To Do" list for quite a while but I can never get past the two quayside pubs!
Training on the West Somerset Railroad
There she is my new worldtraveler. Julïet is her name. On the picture she was 4 months old and already interested in the english landscape.
My little girl Iris loved the big beach to seek some shells and to build a nice sand castle