Basset Hound Walkers Burnham
First it was Storm Ciera, then Dennis - so let's try for the third time. Same time, same place, same chips.
It is high tide at 10.21, so we'll be following a falling tide.

Last year we attracted around 45 hounds, a truly memorable sight. If you want to refresh your memory just click here>

Last year was particularly emotional as our Melody was only given months to live - and that talented artist Andrew from Chudleigh generously gave us a magnificent portrait of her. Well one year on, Melody is still very much with us, with no spleen, a bit stouter and slower, and an alleged cancerous liver. Wonders will never cease. Hopefully our Harmony will be doing the whole walk.

The walk
The sands stretch from the mouth of the Brue at Burnham past Berrow golf course up to Brean Down and Weston super Mare - but last year most of us stopped at the wooden lighthouse shown on the right. The way back led past a hound friendly open chip shop by the pier - and yes some of us couldn't walk past.

High tide is 12.05 so we may have to walk part of the walk on the prom. Chases guaranteed.

Meet (10.30) at the Apex Leisure Park which is 2 miles off Junction 22 of the M5. See map below.

To find the start, leave J22 and immediately you are onto the large Edithmead roundabout. Turn left (south) onto the A38 and follow the wide dead straight road for half a mile, over the next roundabout - still on the A38 - and after crossing the railway bridge turn right round a small roundabout to "Burnham on Sea and Holiday Village", B3139, Burnham Road. After another half mile turn left immediately past the Esso garage (photo below) into Marine Drive. Apex Park entrance is 200yds further on the left (see photo below).
(For SatNavers the Esso garage is TA9 3EJ: don't say you aren't well looked after).

Below, the Esso garage: turn left just PAST here to Marine Drive.

Esso garage

Below: this is the entrance to Apex Park where we meet.

Apex Park

The walk is beside the river to the sea wall when we then gambol along the sands - avoiding the sunbathers and whelk stalls - till we reach the odd and quaint wooden lighthouse (see right above). We can then wander as far as we like. One thing is certain: Berrow beach will be full of plenty of other dogs - it is an ever popular exercise area for dog lovers. At the time of foot and mouth when all footpaths were allegedly closed, it was about the only place we could give our hounds a decent run.
Please be aware that you should keep away from the tide edge - treacherous mud traps.


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Chip shop

The obligatory halt at the chip shop. (Some can't wait to get to the lighthouse: the keen ones do it on the way back.)

Berrow beach

The lovely old wooden lighthouse, our destination.

Berrow lighthouse


Early part of the walk along the Brue

River Brue

Sea wall

First part of the sea walk: lighthouse a faint speck in the distance.