Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

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Experience some of the finest beaches in England

With seven miles of golden sands stretching between the resorts of Burnham-On-Sea and Brean, this is one of the best regions of Britain for taking beach holidays. It's perfect for walking, playing beach games, flying kites, picnics and splashing about in the sea.

The coastline is well known for its fine sandy beaches, unspoilt dunes and high and low tides, perfect for bird watching. There are four beaches, as explained here.

Swimming safety advice

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.

See our beach guide and safety tips page and today's tide times.

Sailing from Burnham jetty

Use of the jetty for launching is by permit only. This is obtainable from the Tourist Information Centre or Jetty Attendant. The Boat Launching Area is between the jetty and the yellow posts to the north. Craft users should stay well clear of swimmers, children paddling and anglers. Observe the by-laws and follow the local code of practice, available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Dogs on Burnham Beach

Please note that dogs are banned on the beach (including walls, steps and slipways) at Burnham from May 1st to September 30th. The area of beach stretches from the Yacht Club to Maddocks Slade (the length of the sea wall).

Driving on Berrow and Brean beach

All users of the beaches should be aware of the relevant by-laws as offenders are prosecuted. Vehicles are permitted on these beaches for the purpose of parking only. No unlicensed vehicles are permitted of any description. Wardens in marked and unmarked vehicles patrol the beaches during the day. Gates to the beaches are locked at night.

Drivers should be aware that they are unlikely to be covered by their insurance while on these beaches and should stay well away from the wet sand and mud. It will cost in excess of £500 to be pulled out and may result in your vehicle being written off. Areas that are sectioned off by posts are designated play areas and only authorised vehicles are permitted inside. It is prohibited to take vehicles into the dunes.

Travelling around the Burnham area

In and around Burnham, you'll find a wide range of attractions with something to suit everyone. Somserset's mild climate means that it is perfect for a visit at any time of the year. Indeed, many attractions are open every month. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links.

You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills.

Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling and angling.

To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum?

Also see 10 Places You Must Visit in the Burnham Area.



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