Best beaches in Somerset

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Somerset as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Somerset is Greenaleigh Sand. 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.

  • 1. Greenaleigh Sand Beach

    Greenaleigh Sand © Guy Wareham | BY-SA

    Greenaleigh Sand is a secluded stretch of beach around 1.5 miles west of Minehead harbour. Towards low tide it lives up to its name and there is a fairly wide area of sand. This backs onto small boulders and wooded cliffs and fields.

    Given that the beach is only really accessible after a fair walk it…

  • 2. Middle Hope Beach

    Middle Hope © Dr Duncan Pepper | BY-SA

    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 cove of Middle Hope. The beach here is backed by farm…

  • 3. Glenthorne Beach

    Glenthorne Beach © Roger Cornfoot | BY-SA

    Situated on the Devon / Somerset border on the Exmoor Coast is the oft deserted beach of Glenthorne. In fact it is more common for the beach to be empty than not.

    Set at the bottom of high wooded cliffs Glenthorne Beach was once part of a country estate. There are a few remnants of these…

  • 4. Blue Anchor Bay

    Blue Anchor Bay © Chris Leather (somerset Guide)

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

  • 5. Brean Beach

    Brean Beach © Alastc | BY-SA

    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. It is however dangerous to walk too far out at…

  • 6. Berrow (South) Beach

    Berrow (South) © Chris Talbot | BY-SA

    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 tide, so care needs to be taken and it is best to avoid going far…

  • 7. Sand Bay

    Sand Bay © Interbeat | BY-SA

    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 car park. Between Weston Woods and the National Trust headland at Sand Point.

  • 8. Burnham-on-Sea Beach

    Burnham-on-Sea © Chris Leather (somerset Guide)

    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. A hundred years on, and whilst Burnham-on-Sea might have lost that competition it is all the better for it.…

  • 9. Kilve Beach

    Kilve © Bob Jones | BY-SA

    The beach of Kilve lies about halfway between Minehead and Bridgwater in the heart of the Quantocks. The shoreline is mostly rocky with plenty of rockpools to explore towards low tide. One of the best features of Kilve beach is the large grassy area behind the beach which is ideal for picnics. Like neighbouring Lilstock…

  • 10. Minehead Beach

    Minehead © Mike Charles

    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…

  • 11. St Audries Bay

    St Audries Bay © Barbara Cook | BY-SA

    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 the sea and the waters of…

  • 12. Clevedon Beach

    Clevedon Beach © Clive Perrin | BY-SA

    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 tide.