Minehead Beach (aka The Strand Beach)

Minehead beach is also known as The Strand beach, a curving sandy beach, although becomes more pebbly as you approach the harbour. The beach has a large promenade that has a selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.

At the top end of the bay, you have North Hill which has some great views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and along the coast to Exmoor.

The beach is popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers and it is best to launch at the west end of the beach. Conditions can vary but are a great opportunity for flat water blasting.

The beach is also the starting point for the South West Coast Path, which runs all the way to Poole in Dorset via both North and South Devon’s coasts and Cornwall.

The beach has all the expected facilities of a large traditional seaside town.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Minehead Beach has dog restrictions.
Minehead beach, dogs are excluded from Minehead Harbour to the Golf Club Groyne from the 1st May until 30th September inclusive.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 21 beaches in Somerset, or check our list of Somerset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Minehead Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - 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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 9℃ to 10.8℃ with wind speed 8.9 m/sec (W)
Saturday, Feb 04partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.4℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 5.3 m/sec (WSW)
Sunday, Feb 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.1℃ to 8.2℃ with wind speed 5.7 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Feb 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2.6℃ to 3.4℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, Feb 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 1.6℃ to 2.7℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (SSW)
Wednesday, Feb 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 0.6℃ to 3℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (SE)
Thursday, Feb 09clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.7℃ to 4℃ with wind speed 4.2 m/sec (S)

Minehead weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Minehead Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Minehead Beach is at Minehead 0.82 km (0.51 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Fri 03 Feb
   High Tide at 04:45 (Height 8.80m)
   Low Tide at 10:39 (Height 2.76m)
   High Tide at 17:13 (Height 8.97m)
   Low Tide at 22:56 (Height 2.38m)
Sat 04 Feb
   High Tide at 05:32 (Height 9.35m)
   Low Tide at 11:21 (Height 2.25m)
   High Tide at 17:58 (Height 9.41m)
   Low Tide at 23:37 (Height 1.94m)
Sun 05 Feb
   High Tide at 06:13 (Height 9.74m)
   Low Tide at 12:01 (Height 1.96m)
   High Tide at 18:37 (Height 9.68m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:16 (Height 1.74m)
   High Tide at 06:50 (Height 9.94m)
   Low Tide at 12:39 (Height 1.86m)
   High Tide at 19:14 (Height 9.80m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:52 (Height 1.72m)
   High Tide at 07:27 (Height 9.98m)
   Low Tide at 13:16 (Height 1.92m)
   High Tide at 19:50 (Height 9.79m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:30 (Height 1.84m)
   High Tide at 08:02 (Height 9.93m)
   Low Tide at 13:56 (Height 2.06m)
   High Tide at 20:23 (Height 9.73m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:04 (Height 1.99m)
   High Tide at 08:33 (Height 9.84m)
   Low Tide at 14:22 (Height 2.18m)
   High Tide at 20:52 (Height 9.65m)

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