Best beaches in Somerset

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Somerset as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Somerset is Middle Hope. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Somerset just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

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    1. Middle Hope Beach

    Just north of Weston-Super-Mare is the peninsula of Sand Point - a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a world away from the donkey rides and pier. To the south is Sand Bay whilst on the northern side is the little sand and shingle…

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    2. Blue Anchor Bay

    A long sandy beach sprinkled with alabaster rocks, which are great for finding fossils. The West Somerset railway stops here.

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    3. Brean Beach

    The 7-mile stretch of sand and dunes that make up Brean beach lies just over two miles down the coast from Weston-super-Mare. It boasts one of the longest stretches of sand in Europe and at low tide a vast expanse of mud flats are exposed.…

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    4. Berrow (South) Beach

    Berrow South lies towards the southern end of Berrow Flats, a 6-mile stretch of sand and mudflats between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Down. The beach here is flat and sandy, backed by dunes. Signage warns of dangerous sinking sands at low…

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    5. Sand Bay

    A large and relatively wild beach with good views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. Popular with dog walkers. Sparse amenities, apart from a few local food outlets and a free car park. Between Weston Woods and the National Trust…

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    6. Burnham-on-Sea Beach

    Burnham-on-Sea is one of Somerset's classic seaside resorts due to the exceptional stretch of beach here. Complete with promenade lined with Victorian and Edwardian guest houses Burnham was originally envisaged as a rival to nearby Weston-super-Mare.…

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    7. Minehead Beach

    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…

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    8. St Audries Bay

    Set at the foot of the Quantock Hills is the wide bay of St Audries. A mix of flat pebbles, sand, shingle and rock this is one of the best beaches in the area. As with all the beaches on this stretch of coast the sand gets muddier towards…

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    9. Clevedon Beach

    A long, pebble beach that runs south-west from Clevedon, an old Victorian seaside resort at the mouth of the River Severn. Amenities all along the seafront, promenade and pier, which is popular with fishermen. Dangerous mudflats at low…

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    10. Ladye Bay

    The small cove at Layde Bay is one of the prettiest beaches along the Somerset coast. A small stretch of sand between the rocks and backing onto the densely vegetated cliffs. This is a pleasant beach to soak up the sun but swimming is…

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