4 soulful Somerset beaches to see when camping with us
Camping Somerset coast style is a special experience. Dubbed the ‘land of the summer people’, this captivating county of contrasts has consistently attracted holidaymakers to its sandy shores and wild moors for centuries. Now it’s your turn! We invite you to experience camping in Somerset near the beach, with us.
Home to the iconic Glastonbury Festival, Somerset’s got soul and is a hotspot for epic entertainment experiences, while the county’s rolling hills and stonking coastline, make it a scenic masterpiece.
Lining the northern shores of Britain’s beautiful southwest, sandwiched between the exquisite Exmoor National Park and the Exmoor Heritage Coast, Somerset is a bounty of beaches that ‘sing’ of the wonder of England’s captivating coastline.
For campsites in Somerset coast locations, look no further than right here…
Beaches near our Minehead Campsite, Somerset
#1 Minehead is a must visit destination, especially if you’re considering camping in Somerset near beach locations. Our Minehead Club Site is close to a multitude of magnificent beaches, including the marvellous Minehead Beach – adored by many, home and abroad.
A 30-minute walk from our Club Site, the beach boasts glorious golden sands and gives you a taste of the traditional, British seaside resort. With acres of space to enjoy a picnic, create sandcastles and more, Minehead Beach is the ultimate fun-filled, family-friendly hotspot.
Cherished by many, the beach had to be replaced as part of a multimillion pound project, after it was completely washed away by a violent storm in 1990! This stretch of coastline has enjoyed a new lease of life ever since and is a popular spot for swimming, kite-surfing and windsurfing.
Backed by a fantastic seafront promenade, packed with cafes, restaurants and shops, there’s no shortage of amenities. It’s the perfect place from which to enjoy lovely views across to North Hill, too. There’s an abundance of amusement arcades to enjoy, plus you can access the West Somerset Railway and tour Somerset’s lush landscape. The famous South West Coast Path begins in Minehead, an incredible long-distance walking trail that clutches the coastlines of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, taking you on an unforgettable grand tour.
#2 Continue along the coast, where Dunster North West Beach awaits you, a sprawling stretch of sand and shingle that’s brilliant for beach games. This charming coastal retreat is home to a medieval village that sprang up at the foot of Dunster Castle, which is centuries old and nestles atop a rocky outcrop overlooking civilization below.
The village is home to the historical Yarn Market. Built in the 17th Century, it’s a designated Grade I listed building and a scheduled monument. Its eye-catching octagonal shape is constructed around a central pier, featuring intricate timber and stone work. It’s a fascinating piece of architecture.
#3 Head further afield from Dunster and you will find the Blue Anchor West Beach, which is a 10-15 minute drive from our Club Site. This serene sand and shingle beach is fantastic for fossil hunting, a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, and with a charming local pub close by, you can ‘recharge the batteries’ after your fossil finding expedition.
#4 For a seaside experience with a twist, Porlock Bay at Porlock Weir is the place to be. Head west for 20 minutes, by car, from our Club Site to experience Porlock’s pretty harbour, set in the wondrous wooded valley of Porlock Weir – the inspiration behind R D Blackmore’s classic tale, Lorna Doone.
This 4 mile wide stretch of coastline is characterised by its pebble beach, backed by an endless horizon of undulating hills. Recommended by the Marine Conservation Society, the beach is well maintained and boasts excellent water quality, making Porlock Bay a popular destination for fishing, sailing, surfing and swimming.
Offering classic coastline trails, Porlock Bay is a favourite for walkers too. The views are picture perfect, and with plenty of breathtaking scenery to behold there will be ample opportunity to capture the landscape through a lens, taking a piece of the Somerset scenery home with you. Porlock Weir is home to some interesting features, including an inland salt marsh and a tidal lagoon, while a mile long shingle ridge is home to a selection of unique plants and rock pools.
Meanwhile, the marsh area of Porlock Bay holds a relic of the Second World War, a memorial stone to commemorate an American pilot who died at this location after his B24D liberator bomber plane crashed there on October 29th, 1942. Porlock is a traditional Exmoor village brought to life by a rich history and characterised by Stone Age remains. It’s a friendly, welcoming place that leaves you with a heart-warming feeling thanks to its irresistible charm.
We invite you to experience the splendour of Somerset, first-hand. This southwest sanctuary of Britain is sure to stir your soul. Explore the county’s exquisite coastline from our Minehead Club Site. It makes for a memorable adventure!