The pretty coastal village of Kewstoke lies 3 km north of Weston-super-Mare, overlooking Sand Bay.
To the north is the headland of Sand Point (also known as Middle Hope) and to the south, Worlebury Hill.
Kewstoke stands in a peaceful, rural area and from here there are fine views up and down the Severn Estuary and over Woodsprung Priory, set in the lee of Sand Point.
The parish church of St Paul's, founded by the Normans, is a pleasing mixture of architectural styles, mainly dating from the 13th - 15th centuries. Opposite the church is Monk's Hill, where the ancient St Kew's Steps link the sea below the village with Worlebury Hill camp in Weston Woods.
Sand Bay, bordered to the north by Sand Point, has views up and down the Severn and over Woodsprung Priory, sheltering in the lee of Sand Point. The local geology, boasting nationally important volcanic rocks, has attracted visitors for over 200 years.
Sand Bay is noted for its bird population, sand dune communites and saltmarsh. Since the 1950s the northern end of the bay has become overgrown with spartina grass, originally planted to protect a tributary of the Bristol Channel further upstream.
In the 1980s the level of one part of the beach was raised to prevent flooding by pumping sand from the Bristol Channel. As a result the beach now has two levels, the original height near the sea and the higher level beside the road. Sand Bay is a popular bathing beach with good water quality.
However, because debris regularly washes in from the Bristol Channel, it has never received a European Blue Flag.
Sand Bay is a family holiday destination with a holiday camp (Sand Bay Holiday Village) and several static caravan parks.
Sand Point and Middle Hope form a large headland reaching out into the Bristol Channel to the north of Kewstoke. Owned by the National Trust, the headland boasts the largest complete set of Black Rock Limestone in the South-West and supports rare wildlife including the Cheddar Pink, Somerset Hair Grass and an introduced colony of Glanville Fritillary butterfly.
Good coastal walks along this promontory, which also has archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age to World War II. A line reaching from Sand Point to Lavernock Point in South Wales marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel.
On clear days there are views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales and towards Clevedon, the Second Severn Crossing and the Severn Bridge.
Woodspring Priory A converted priory with a small museum.
Towns Near Kewstoke To Visit - straight line distance:Weston-super-Mare (1.67 miles) Clevedon (6.15 miles) Congresbury (6.37 miles) Steep Holm (7.00 miles)