Minehead beach, known as The Strand, is a wide expanse of sand, with some areas of shingle and a variety of rock pools. As the tide goes out this sandy stretch of beach becomes ideal for beach games and for building sandcastles.
Along with a number of hotels and apartments that line the promenade the beachfront is overlooked by a large Butlin’s holiday camp, adding to the lively atmosphere of the resort. Minehead is one of Somerset’s busiest holiday resorts and the beach can get quite busy in high season.
The beach is dominated by North Hill and from here there are delightful views over the Bristol Channel to Wales and along the coast to Exmoor. Along this coast fossils can be found among the nearby cliffs.
This end of the beach is also the starting point for the South West Coast Path, which runs all the way to Poole in Dorset via Land’s End in Cornwall.
In 1990 a large section of the beach was washed away by storms. Since then, new improved sea defences have been installed, including a long sea-wall which runs along the shore.
There are toilet facilities and a café. Deck chairs and windbreakers are available for hire. There is no lifeguard.
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Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are not allowed on the main beach between the harbour and the golf course from the start of May until the end of September.
OS grid ref.
SS 9773 4636
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Minehead Beach Reviews
Nice sand. Dirty water. Good fossils in boulders. Weather generally pretty good.
Nice sand, good for sandcastles. Really dirty water; always a green slime of pollutants washing up every time we visit (at least once a month) and devoid of sealife. There are some really good fossils in the groynes (the lines of boulders running down the beach into the water). Weather generally pretty good, prevailing winds from the SW so most rain gets dumped on Exmoor before it reaches Minehead.
CaroleMay 29th 2019
You would have to go a long way to beat the setting of Minehead. The beach is huge, mainly sand and has second highest tidal reach in world. Great for children exploring rock pools. Lovely views across to Wales, Steep Holm, Flat Holm and Weston Super Mare. Clean and accessible. Beach not as crowded as some due to its size.