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.

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 3 beaches at Minehead, 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 14.1℃ to 14.4℃ with wind speed 5.1 m/sec (W)
Monday, Oct 03
Expect a temp in the range 11.2℃ to 13.7℃ with wind speed 0.8 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Oct 04
Expect a temp in the range 13.3℃ to 15.4℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (SSW)
Wednesday, Oct 05
Expect a temp in the range 16.7℃ to 17.2℃ with wind speed 7.1 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Oct 06
Expect a temp in the range 13.3℃ to 13.8℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Oct 07
Expect a temp in the range 12.2℃ to 13.2℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (WSW)
Saturday, Oct 08
Expect a temp in the range 13.7℃ to 14.2℃ with wind speed 7.1 m/sec (SW)

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.

Sun 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 03:23 (Height 2.53m)
   High Tide at 10:13 (Height 9.06m)
   Low Tide at 15:51 (Height 2.81m)
   High Tide at 22:40 (Height 8.68m)
Mon 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 04:12 (Height 3.22m)
   High Tide at 11:09 (Height 8.30m)
   Low Tide at 16:53 (Height 3.63m)
   High Tide at 23:50 (Height 7.88m)
Tue 04 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:24 (Height 4.08m)
   High Tide at 12:43 (Height 7.74m)
   Low Tide at 19:02 (Height 4.30m)
Wed 05 Oct
   High Tide at 01:52 (Height 7.68m)
   Low Tide at 08:25 (Height 4.27m)
   High Tide at 14:38 (Height 8.12m)
   Low Tide at 21:04 (Height 3.49m)
Thu 06 Oct
   High Tide at 03:18 (Height 8.38m)
   Low Tide at 09:31 (Height 3.17m)
   High Tide at 15:46 (Height 9.04m)
   Low Tide at 21:56 (Height 2.33m)
Fri 07 Oct
   High Tide at 04:17 (Height 9.34m)
   Low Tide at 10:19 (Height 2.07m)
   High Tide at 16:40 (Height 10.02m)
   Low Tide at 22:41 (Height 1.35m)
Sat 08 Oct
   High Tide at 05:06 (Height 10.21m)
   Low Tide at 11:01 (Height 1.23m)
   High Tide at 17:26 (Height 10.79m)
   Low Tide at 23:23 (Height 0.70m)

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