Somerset's Picture Perfect Coast
Somerset's coast holds many surprises.
For some visitors, unfamiliar with our geography, it is a surprise to learn the County - known for its Levels, moors and meadows – has a coast at all.
To overlook it is to miss some real treats. Now, thanks to the opening last year of the latest stretch of the England Coast Path, you can walk all the way from Minehead to Brean Down on a well-marked route.
Who can fail to be impressed by the sweeping West Somerset and Exmoor coastline, with some of the highest sea cliffs in England, or the second longest stretch of sand in Europe?
We have more than our fair share of seaside piers with all the associated delights for children of all ages, not to mention some quirky lighthouses, fascinating islands and spectacular sunsets.
The term Jurassic Coast may be more often associated with Dorset but we have ours too and it is just as dramatic in its own way. In places such as Kilve and Watchet you can marvel at the geology and uncover superb specimens of fossils. Then there is the wildlife, such as Exmoor Ponies, wild goats, rock pool creatures and wading birds. At Porlock there is an oyster farm.
Among the top 50 of the UK’s Beaches, Weston-Super-Mare has the famour Grand Pier and donkey rides. It has miles of sand fit for the most fabulous castles which is why it hosts a popular sand sculpture festival from March to October.
Perhaps one of the most surprising discoveries is that you can drive onto the award-winning beach at Berrow making it accessible for so many visitors and there are places where you can ride a horse or walk a dog at any time of year. It has sand dunes, a ship wreck and marshland.It is dangerous to approach the water at low tide because of the mud but there are clear signs and a warden patrol.
Brean Down at the far end offers 360 degree views over the County and also across to the mysterious islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm.
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