Woodspring Priory, Middle Hope and the Bristol Channel
The almost ageless and peaceful Woodspring Priory originally dates from the 15th century. Nestled into the corner of a field at the end of Woodspring Lane, next to Woodspring Farm and on the opposite side of Middle Hope to the Bristol Channel, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare.
On leaving the Priory behind, you walk back along this road and past the five bar gate for a few yards and then turn left onto the track with the National Trust sign for Middle Hope.
Then towards Hucker’s Bow [see below] and over the rhyne across the temporary metal bridge to the left and up the incline, minding the sheep grazing there, and onto Middle Hope.
Hucker’s Bow falls within National Trust Land. Normally, one would be allowed to drive a vehicle down this track and park for free in the National Trust car park . However, as per the photo of a Environment Agency public information poster as displayed at Hucker’s Bow whilst work proceeds. shown left [taken 18th November 2018, when this work should be nearing completion] there is – unfortunately, earlier than expected a government funded £2M project under way to replace and upgrade the existing tidal outfall; which protects some 60 plus caravans and nearly 300 homes from the sea. It should be remembered that the tidal range in the Britol Channel – rise and fall of the tide – is on average eight meters.
Carry on walking ahead and you come to an old walled area – which was shrouded in secrecy back in the day as it was a military research, munitions testing and firing range!
After a minute or two more of walking, depending on how energetic one feels, you reach the point where the Bristol Channel in all it’s glory comes into view.
You can then walk towards Sandpoint and up one of the small peaks and turn to see this beautiful view of the Middle Hope, The Bristol Channel and Woodspring Priory