Somerset is best known for rolling hills and amazing landmarks such as Cheddar Gorge, but there are also some lovely beaches for walking or water sports.
If you’re happy to go a bit further afield, the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast is around an hour away from Cossington Park. Exmouth Beach and Sandy Beach at Lyme Regis are great family-friendly day outs and have perfect beaches for swimming.
Burnham-on-Sea Beach, Somerset <link to https://www.burnham-on-sea.com/tourist-information/beach-guide/>
A well-kept beach with plenty of room for children to run around.
Please beware as the muddy areas can be dangerous, especially for children, so read the notices on the beach carefully.
Brean Beach, Somerset
Brean has an all-year-round, dog-friendly beach with around 6 miles of sand!
From the beach, you can walk up onto the headland of Brean Down. For visitors of limited mobility, you can hire off-road trampers so the whole family can take advantage of the fabulous views.
Weston-super-Mare[GW1] Beach, Somerset
A huge, sandy beach with a famous Victorian Pier, a promenade, donkey rides, fish and chip shops and amusements galore.
Kitesurfing and other water sports are available on the Up Hill section of the beach.
Sand Point & Middle Hope, Somerset
<link to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brean-down/features/sand-point-and-middle-hope >
A peninsula jutting out into the Bristol Channel, Sand Point is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so there is plenty of wildlife as well as fabulous views across the Bristol Channel. Middle
Hope beach is just north of the point. Dogs are allowed all year round.
Parking is free for National Trust Members, otherwise payment is by phone only.
A quiet, unspoiled beach with grand limestone cliffs, rockpools and plenty of fossils.
Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset
A pristine sand and shingle beach in the picturesque Dorset coastal town of Lyme Regis, on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
A good beach for swimming. As part of the Jurassic Coast, all kinds of fossils can be found on the coastline. Visitors recommend the guided fossil tours.
Exmouth Beach, Devon
<link to https://www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk/things-to-do/exmouth-beach-p639763> A beautiful, golden sandy beach with around 2 miles of sand and lots of rockpools. Dogs are only allowed on a small area of the beach at each end between 1st May and 30th September – see local signposts for guidance.
[GW1]I know, the capitalisation is a bit whacky, and I had to look it up to be sure!