Like a nice beach? There are plenty in Somerset…

Exmoor has the highest coastal cliffs, designated a Heritage Coast, in England, and it also has the longest stretch of naturally wooded coastline in the whole of the British Isles.

But if that wasn’t enough, it has some rather lovely beaches to enjoy too and some allow dogs all year round as well.

Here’s a guide to some of our favourites:

The Blue Anchor and Dunster Beaches

These are both large sand and shingle beaches with some rock pools. The West Somerset Railway comes close to the beach, so you could even arrive by steam and there is plenty of parking too. Dogs are allowed all year round here as well.

Kilve Beach

Known as the Jurassic coast on the Bristol Channel, Kilve is great for collecting ammonites and reptile remains. Vertebraes are as common here as ammonites. The beach is also perfect for rock pooling. Dogs allowed all year.

Lee Bay

Lee Bay is reached via the Valley of Rocks road from Lynton. This beach is sandy at low tide and there is a picnic site above it with toilets. It is overlooked by Lee Abbey and is within a very pretty, sheltered part of the coast. Dogs are allowed from November 1 through to Easter only.

Porlock Bay

Porlock Bay is home to an impressive shingle ridge, which partly protects Porlock Marsh behind it. The marsh is now a salt marsh after a storm in 1996 breached the shingle ridge. It’s best to access the beach at Bossington. Dogs allowed all year round.

Minehead

Our closet and largest seaside town has a large sandy beach complete with a sea wall and promenade along its full length. It is also the hub for the West Somerset Railway and during the summer months and school holiday times throughout the year, you can see steam trains in the station. However, as this is a sandy beach for families in the summer months, no dogs are allowed on the beach from May 1 to September 30 each year.

Find more lovely beaches in the area here.