Brean Beach, Somerset Coast

Brean Beach is a 7 mile expanse of sand and dunes, just a few miles along the Somerset coast from Burnham-on-Sea. The sea tends to be a murky brown colour in these parts and at low tide the lower part of the beach is wide mudflats, so it doesn't look that inviting. It's certainly not one for swimming, which is only allowed for an hour or so either side of high tide - the rest of the time a red flag is flown to warn of the dangers.

That aside, it's a great place for a family day out, making sandcastles and playing beach sports, and for dog walking too, as there are no restrictions other than avoiding the mud, which you'd do anyway. So you can run along the sands with your four legged friend any time of year, play fetch, play ball and if you’re feeling adventurous walk up to Brean Down to be rewarded with the most amazing views out over the Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel. If you're here in the evening, or late on a winter afternoon, you might catch a spectacular sunset.

There are toilets at the beach and usually vans where you can buy an ice cream or a burger.

All information correct at the time of writing

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