Somerset sits at the gateway to the West Country, welcoming visitors with the spell-binding scenery of its spectacular shoreline. Read more
The 50 miles of Somerset’s coastline are significant in many ways. Not only does this stretch of water represent the beginning of the beautiful peninsula which draws holiday makers west year-round, but the Somerset coast’s towns and coves are honey-pots in their own right.
The dynamic port of Minehead not only attracts visitors with its traditional seaside charms and array of pubs, shops and restaurants, but also due to its noteworthy status of being at the beginning of the South West Coastal Path: a staggering 630 mile coastal route which weaves its way around the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset. Note the route’s inception with the impressive statue and take the first steps from Minehead’s quay along the route yourself.
At the boundary to Exmoor National Park, Minehead’s coastal character is complimented by verdant countryside. A short stroll into the park will put you amidst some of the country’s most precious wildlife: red deer, nesting birds and a plethora of important flora.
If boats are your thing, enjoy watching their comings and goings from harbours and marinas such as Portishead and Watchet.
For traditional seaside pursuits with a modern twist, a cottage in Western-super-Mare makes for a perfect holiday destination. The sandy beach hosts many live music events in the summer as well as the world-renowned Sand Sculpture Festival. As well as this, a fantastic variety of shops, attractions and eateries makes for an excellent family friendly self-catering choice.
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