Mark Walks LEJOG Day 14 – Bridgwater to Burnham-on-Sea

Hullo. How are you? I hope you are having a good day. I’m Mark and I’m walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats…

I awoke to the sound of seagulls and could tell it was going to be a good day.

The end of yesterday’s walk brought me tantalisingly close to a total distance to date of 200 miles, but fell short by a tiny amount. So, I left the hotel this morning and walked just a few minutes before hitting the milestone, which felt pretty good and set me up for the day.

Choosing not to opt for the short 7 miles direct walk along the main road to Burnham, I instead walked to Pawlett and cut across farmland to join the England Coast Path. This would add on an extra 4 or so miles, but was well worth it.

The coast path is a beautiful, easy going, tranquil amble. Across the Bristol Channel, I could see Cardiff and this impressed upon me how far I’ve come since leaving Land’s End.

The Somerset Levels ought to be under water, but centuries of draining, damming and defending has reclaimed some for farming and settlements. The Romans settled here millennia ago and started the work, but it’s an ongoing fight.

Much of the area is now a wetlands nature reserve, creating a haven for an array of bird species.

I walked very slowly today, just taking in the views and enjoying the sunny, dry weather.

Leaving the elevated path for a while, I walked along the sea defences and spoke to a few fellow hikers, who were on their way to Bridgwater.

Where the river Brue makes its way to the sea, the coast path heads inland for a while to the bridge crossing.

Once across the bridge, I was in the outskirts of Burnham and headed back towards the sea, passing a leisure resort and holiday park before turning the corner onto the sea front, which is lined by a long promenade.

I had a look around the town for a while and a stroll along the beach before heading the short distance inland to tonight’s hotel.


The Day 14 Vlog


Fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support

As I walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I am hoping to raise £10,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support, who do such a wonderful job of supporting families through the most difficult times. If you are able to spare any amount and would like to donate to MacMillan, please do so through my Just Giving Page.


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  1. Dee Atkins-Greig avatar
    Dee Atkins-Greig

    Glorious…!

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