The Somerset coast overlooks the Bristol Channel, which until Tudor Times had the more romantic name of the Severn Sea. The area certainly inspired the Romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who regularly walked alongside it and is said to have composed 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' after a visit to Watchet Harbour. He isn't alone, every year the Somerset coast inspires visitors to explore our coastal towns and villages, relax on our beaches and sample Somerset fare from cider and craft gin to cheese and cream teas.
There's plenty to see and do along the way from searching for fossils on the Jurassic beaches between Lilstock and Blue Anchor, to exploring nature at Steart Marshes, experiencing the raw beauty of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, going back in time on the old steam railway, or enjoying a Somerset welcome in our beach holiday towns and villages.
There are so many sights and experiences to discover so why not explore the towns and villages below and find your home from home. With such a diverse coastline there's somehwere for everyone to celebrate, whether you want the bustle of our coastal towns, the quiet of of county villages or the solitude of the open countryside on our moors and hills.
The Somerset coast takes you on an amazing journey from Brean Down at end of the Mendip Hills, it passes sandy beaches, coastal estuaries and salt marshes before reaching rolling hills with forts and castles, medieval woodlands, villages with chocolate box cottages, and old fashioned seafaring towns with tales of shipwrecks and smuggling. At its western border the Somerset coast ends on Exmoor where rugged cliffs overlook rocky coves while Exmoor ponies graze alongside the gorse, heather and bracken.