Address: WWT Steart Marshes, Stert Drove, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2PU
Grid reference: ST 25208 44210
Information leaflet: download the map and information leaflet here (or pick one up from the main WWT car park)
Admission is free
Open: all year round: car parks and paths for walkers, mobility scooters, wheelchair users, pushchairs, cyclists and horse riders, subject to a few local restrictions
Parking: The main car park is open all the time, but there is a 2.1m height restriction barrier daily after 4.30pm and before 9am and on Christmas Day. Steart Gate car park has a 2.1m height restriction at all times.
Hides and toilets: Open 9am – 4.30pm every day except Christmas Day, with a few seasonal extensions to these times. They are accessible for wheelchair users. The screened viewing points are open all year round.
Dogs are welcome on most paths but must be kept under close control to prevent disturbance to wildlife. Make sure you clean up any poo and please take it away with you, there are no dog poo litter bins on site!
Paths: It takes about an hour to walk from the main car park to the breach point. Follow way-marking to new fine-surfaced paths allowing access on foot, some by wheelchair and most by bike. There is also a new circular bridleway. It now forms part of the England Coast Path from Brean Down to Minehead.
Tide times: The rising tide along the Severn Estuary rapidly covers great distances. Watch this amazing natural process from safe vantage points across the site. The tide washes over the developing areas of saltmarsh an average of 120 times a year, tide levels highlighted in yellow in this table will help you plan your visit. Please note, tides may appear smaller than expected within the Severn. The figures in the table are Above Ordance Datum (AOD) figures rather than Chart Datum (CD) which is a difference of 5.90m.
Refreshments: Fancy a cuppa? There is no cafe on site, but it’s an ideal picnic spot so feel free to bring your own refreshments. To purchase provisions nearby, there are shops in the larger local villages and towns. There are no litter bins on site so please take your rubbish home.
Volunteers are invaluable to nature conservation. There are opportunities to get involved at Steart Marshes. Details of all our current volunteering opportunities and an application form can be found on the our volunteering pages. Please do email us, call us on 01278 651 090 or stop by for a chat if you’d like more information.
WWT works closely with Bridgwater College to provide training opportunities and student placements in land and environmental management.
If you are a teacher interested in learning opportunities connected with wetlands and coastal change, please visit the ‘learn with WWT’ part of our website to see the resources. If you’d like further information or to arrange a visit, please contact us via email or call on 01278 651 090.
Other groups are welcome and we may be able to arrange for someone to talk to large groups about the site and its wildlife. Please contact us via email or call us on 01278 651 090.