Minehead Terminus


Minehead Terminus
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

15 August 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency

Minehead is one of Somerset’s busiest holiday resorts with many amenities and a wide sand and shingle beach, which looks out across the Bristol Channel towards Wales. Sea defenses have caused a lot of the sand here to be washed away.


Bathing, kite surfing and windsurfing are popular and there are local amusement arcades. The South West Coast Path sculpture is to the northern end of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Minehead is the starting point for the south west coast path. Explore Exmoor - a map of all their walks is here: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/walking/exmoor-walking-map

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Good

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

15 August 2018

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Minehead Terminus

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Pay and display parking available.

Dog restrictions


Dog restrictions apply.

Beach cleaning

No current information