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Beaches

The Bristol Channel which forms one of the county’s boundaries has the second largest tidal range in the world making for some fascinating sea scapes and habitats favoured by waders and other wildfowl. Towards the west, the coastline is high with cliffs, waterfalls and rocky coves. In the middle and to the north it is low as the inland wetlands meet the sea. Depending whether you want to go rockpooling, fishing, swimming or building sandcastles – Somerset will have a beach for you.

One of the best known beaches in the county is at Weston-super-Mare with its miles of sand and Grand Pier. There is a long pier at the victorian seaside resort of Clevedon and a short one at Burnham-on-Sea. The seven mile sandy strech from Burnham to the National Trust headland, Brean Down is one of Europe’s longest.

Brean has seven miles of sand and Berrow is popular with people who like to fish. Blue Anchor and Kilve score highly among fossil hunters while Porlock Weir and Bridgwater Bay are home to numerous birds. Minehead is one of the busiest resorts with sand, shingle and views across to Wales.

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  1. Horse riding on the beach

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    Burnham, Berrow and Brean

    Burnham-on-Sea

    The stretch of sand between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Down is the second longest in Europe and includes eight beaches. It is clearly a draw for beach lovers as the campsites and parks that serve it...

  2. Burnham-on-Sea

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    Burnham-on-Sea

    Burnham-on-Sea


    Burnham-On-Sea is almost in the middle of Somerset’s stretch of coast and close to the mouth of the tidal river Parrett. It is at the southern end of what is the second longest strip of sand in...

  3. Marine Lake

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    Weston-super-Mare

    Royal Parade, Weston Super Mare

    Your family holiday destination!

    When it comes to traditional family holidays, the string of resorts running all the way down the seaboard of Somerset has everything you need.

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  4. Minehead Beach

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    Minehead

    The Avenue, Minehead

    Minehead is a superb destination for families seeking a traditional seaside holiday.

    It is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area’s largest town.

    Ideally situated to...

  5. Watchet Harbour

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    Watchet

    Watchet

    The maritime history of Watchet colours every part of the town while the wild beauty of its...

  6. Portishead marina

    Portishead

    Portishead is a beautiful coastal town in North Somerset that overlooks the Severn Estuary and just...

  7. Porlock and Porlock Weir

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    Porlock and Porlock Weir

    Porlock

    Porlock is an attractive village with old thatched cottages and a good selection of shops, cafes,...

  8. Horse Riding on the beach

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    Blue Anchor

    Minehead

    Blue Anchor Bay is a quiet coastal location with a long sandy beach offering peaceful relaxation....

  9. Clevedon pier

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    Clevedon

    Clevedon

    Clevedon is a beautiful Victorian seaside town overlooking the Severn Estuary.

    The town, by...

  10. A large ammonite on the foreshore

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    Kilve

    Bridgwater

    Lying at the northern end of the Quantocks, Kilve...

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