Beaches in Somerset
Somerset might not have the longest coastline, especially compared with its southwestern neighbours Cornwall and Devon, but it’s blessed with some of the best beaches in the country. The county’s many glistening seaside resorts, towering cliffs and serene wetlands provide the perfect backdrops to an array of wonderful beaches.
At Haven we are fortunate enough to boast two wonderful sites in Somerset - Doniford Bay Holiday Park and Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park. The former is found on some of the best fossil-hunting coastline in the country while the latter is located next to the Berrow Flats, which has a remarkable six miles of sand and mud flats. Needless to say, both of these holiday parks are extremely popular, at least in part due to their proximity to some of the finest beaches in Somerset. With temperatures reaching highs of 22°C during the summer, there are few places better than Somerset for a beach holiday in the UK.
Looking for the cream of the crop? Check out our list of the best beaches in Somerset.
Beach walks: loads of landscapes
Somerset makes up the northern section of the king of all walking trails, the South West Coast Path. It’s an epic 630-mile trek that also passes through Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and has twice been voted 'Britain's Best Walking route' by readers of The Ramblers' Walk magazine. It’s in Somerset that you’ll find many of the highlights that helped win the route such a prestigious accolade. Walk the Somerset section and you’ll be treated to a kaleidoscope of rocky headlands, ravines, waterfalls and towering cliffs. You’ll also pass through Exmoor National Park, which is home to all manner of unique flora and fauna, including the unbelievably cute Exmoor pony.
Beach history: crucial to the culture
Somerset has a long, storied past, steeped in tradition and mysticism. Traditional folk music and dance remains an important part of the west country character, albeit in a somewhat modernised form. If claims are to be believed then Somerset is the place legends come to live forever; some believe that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried at Glastonbury Abbey, though there are many competing claims.
From one great king cloaked in the shroud myth to one very much based in historical fact, King Arthur the Great also left his mark on this land. He erected many forts around the county, which at the time would have been part of the Kingdom of Wessex. While not much remains of these once formidable redoubts, you can see the remains of the earthworks at a number of sites. The remains of Daws Castle, erected on the coast to keep out marauding Vikings, is just a 45-minute walk from Doniford Bay Holiday Park.
Beach attractions: all about the waves
There are all manner of activities to keep you entertained on Somerset’s beaches. Meander along the coast in a kayak or on a paddleboard and enjoy views of Somerset’s stunning landscape from the sea. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a porpoise. If you fancy being a little more creative, then you can always give raft building a go. Fun for all the family - and you’ll learn a skill too!