This location is classed as SeasideView external link
Minehead beach, known as The Strand, is a wide expanse of sand, with some areas of shingle and a variety of rock pools. As the tide goes out this sandy stretch of beach becomes ideal for beach games and for building sandcastles. Along with a number of hotels and apartments that line the promenade the beachfront is overlooked by a large Butlin’s holiday camp, adding to the lively atmosphere of the resort. Minehead is one of Somerset's busiest holiday resorts and the beach can get quite busy in high season. The beach is dominated by North Hill and from here there are delightful views over the Bristol Channel to Wales and along the coast to Exmoor. Along this coast fossils can be found among the nearby cliffs. This end of the beach is also the starting point for the South West Coast Path, which runs all the way to Poole in Dorset via Land's End in Cornwall. In 1990 a large section of the beach was washed away by storms. Since then, new improved sea defences have been installed, including a long sea-wall which runs along the shore. There are toilet facilities and a café. Deck chairs and windbreakers are available for hire. There is no lifeguard.