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Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean beaches

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Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean beaches

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The Esplanade
Burnham On Sea
Somerset
TA8 1BT

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There are eight beaches in the Burnham-on-Sea area, all of which are within 15 minutes of junction 22 of the M5 motorway. They are surrounded by entertainment, hotels and other accommodation.

Burnham-on-Sea Main Beach

Burnham has the second greatest rise and fall of tide in the world - after the Bay of Fundy in Canada - and therefore the strong currents make it unsafe to swim except from approximately two hours before high tide until two hours after - this is why red flags are flown to warn water users of possible dangers.

This is Burnham's award-winning beach. A predominantly sandy beach which is patrolled by lifeguards 10am-6pm from May 1st to September 30th (denoted by yellow and red flags).
The famous pier is just a few short steps away and there are various shops and cafes close by. Parking is available on the seafront and at Morrisons supermarket. This is a great swimming and paddling beach which also offers donkey rides and kids entertainment in the summer. There's a seperate area for boats and jet skis to launch. Public toilets and showers are available at the Tourist Information Centre. Take note that it is dangerous to approach the sea at low tide.

Burnham-on-Sea was awarded "Coach Friendly" status by the CPT in March 2014. It is the first town/city in the South West to achieve this, and one of only 20 in the country.

Burnham-on-Sea South Beach

This beach offers sand near the jetty, with pebbles, mud and marshland further south near the River Parrett. This beach is excellent for watching boats come in and out of the bay and also for spotting seabirds as they fly in from Steart and the nearby Apex Wildlife Park.
It is dangerous to approach the sea at low tide. Parking is available on the seafront and at Morrisons supermarket. Public toilets and showers are very close by at the Tourist Information Centre. The sea wall steps provide good seats.

Burnham-on-Sea North Beach

A mixture of sand and mud that is great for children in spring and summer. With the sea wall nearby, families can sit on the steps and watch their youngsters play. Several pubs are close by and the town's shops and pier are all within easy reach.
It is very dangerous to approach the sea at low tide here. Public toilets are available at Burnham Swimming Pool. Parking is available along the seafront.

Burnham-on-Sea Lighthouse Area Beach

This is the start of a six mile length of beach offering wide-open expanses of sand with dunes at the top of the beach. You have to see the famous lighthouse on wooden stilts.
This beach is patrolled by wardens from May 1st to September 30th. Dogs are welcome here all year round.
Take note that it is very dangerous to approach the sea at low tide due to sinking sand and mud. There is unfortunately little parking in this area, with the nearest spot being Burnham seafront. You can then walk out to the lighthouse in about 15 minutes.

Berrow Beach

A six mile length of beach with sand dunes and firm sand, which is the second longest stretch of sand in Europe. Features include secluded sand dunes, the famous Ship Wreck, and marshland that attracts various seabirds.
At low tide a wide exposure of soft sand and mud is exposed leading to the water's edge, but note that it is very dangerous to approach the water at low tide. The beach is patrolled by wardens from May 1st to September 30th. Dogs are welcome on this beach. Horse riding is also allowed on this beach. You can park vehicles briefly in the car park at Berrow Church or, for longer stays, on the beach at Brean.

Brean Beach

Brean Beach is part of a six mile length of beach with sand dunes and firm sand, which is the second longest stretch of sand in Europe. The beach is great for families wanting ice creams and fast food are often sold on the beach at the car park area in spring and summer.
At low tide a wide exposure of soft sand and mud is exposed leading to the water's edge, but note that it is very dangerous to approach the water at low tide. The beach is patrolled by wardens from May 1st to September 30th. Dogs are welcome on this beach. Vehicles can park on this beach during the day in designated parking areas. Horse riding is also allowed. Visitors should respect the warning notices about the dangers of mud along this beach.

Brean Down

A superb stretch of beach with firm sand and views of Brean Down. At low tide a wide exposure of soft sand and mud is exposed leading to the water's edge. The beach is patrolled by wardens from May 1st to September 30th. Dogs are welcome on this beach. Vehicles can park on the beach during the day in designated areas. Horse riding is allowed on this beach. You can park your car at the National Trust car park besides Brean Down.
Remember that the tide rises faster near Brean Down and it is also dangerous to approach the water at low tide due to mud. You should respect the warning notices and keep off the rocks of the Down as they can be slippery, especially when wet. Climbing is not allowed and is extremely dangerous. Visitors to Brean Down should use the steps or roadway near the Bird Garden. Public toilets are available next to the Brean Down cafe. Interactive photo

Guideline for Dog owners on Beaches

On Burnham-on-Sea beach, there are restrictions and in place for dogs on the beach and Esplanade steps. The restriction is dependent on which Burnham-on-Sea beach area you are using.
On the beach and Esplanade steps between the Jetty and the Pavilion (Otherwise known as Beach Area 1) - Dogs are banned all year round.
On the beach and Esplanade steps between the Jetty and the Yacht Club (Otherwise known as Beach Area 2) - Dogs are banned from May to September every year. For the rest of the year dogs are permitted on this area of the beach.
On the beach and Esplanade steps between the Pavilion and Maddocks Slade; the north end of the sea wall (Otherwise known as Beach Area 3) - Dogs are banned from May to September every year. For the rest of the year dogs are permitted on this area of the beach.
Dogs are permitted throughout the whole year on the beaches north of the sea wall at Maddocks Slade, Burnham-on-Sea and the beach at Brean.
Please remember to clean up after your dog, since it is an offence to allow your dog to foul and not clean up after. The Beach Wardens patrol these areas in addition to the Dog Wardens, where they are authorized to issues Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling and littering.

Guideline for Horse/Pony owners on Beaches

Strictly no unauthorised person shall use any slip way or entrance to Burnham-on-Sea beach or sections of the beach between the Yacht Club to Maddocks Slade; the north end of the sea wall for horse, pony riding or horse and trap.
However between Maddocks Slade; the north end of the sea wall and Brean beach horses and ponies are welcome to ride on the beaches.
Sedgemoor District Council have issued some guidelines and safety points for people who wish to exercise horses and ponys on beaches within its area. The guidelines and safety points are for the safety of horse/pony riders and other members of the public.

The following guidelines and safety points are issued for persons who wish to exercise horses and ponys on beaches within its area. The guidelines and safety points are to for the safety of horse/pony riders and other members of the public

1.No person shall, on the seashore, break-in any hourse or other animal or ride or drive any other animal in a race or so as to cause damage or annoyance to any person using the seashore.
2.No unauthorised person shall use any slip way or entrance to Burnham-on-Sea beach or sections of the beach between the Yacht Club to Maddocks Slade for horse, pony riding or horse and trap.
3.Persons using the beach for the first time should choose a day when the tide it out, so that they can identify obstacles such as posts, shipwreck, discharge Channel (which can have sharp vertical drop on the foreshore, due to the surface water outfall flows)
4.Keep out of the dunes, They are preservation areas and mainly privately owned.
5.Be aware of all other beach users, especially small children playing.
6.Collect and remove horse manure.
7.Consider your insurance in case you injure yourselves or others. You ma be asked to show your insurance particulars.
8.Be aware that in the event of an accident, the nearest telephone may be some distance away and not all areas are accessible to ambulances.
9.Listen to instructions and advice offered by the Beach Safety Wardens
10.Strictly no cantering or galloping on the beaches due to unseen hazards along the beach.
Please see: http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=9737

Opening Times

Beach (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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