Minehead - The Strand


Minehead - The Strand
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

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 not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

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 Not tested

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

Forecasts are not available for this location.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

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 - The Strand

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Pay and display parking available.

Dog restrictions


Dog restrictions apply.

Beach cleaning

No current information