Explore the Somerset & Exmoor coast

Discover more about the Somerset and Exmoor coast

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. He isn't alone, every year the Somerset and Exmoor coast inspires visitors to explore our towns and villages, relax on our beaches and sample our fare from cider and craft gin to cheese and cream teas.

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, woodlands, villages with chocolate box cottages, and old fashioned seafaring towns. At its western border it ends on Exmoor where rugged cliffs overlook rocky coves while Exmoor ponies graze alongside the gorse, heather and bracken.

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.

Plan your visit using Somerset's Think Travel website

Somerset coast map

Choose a location to find out more, or scroll down to see our themed holiday ideas

Both the Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor websites are full of useful information for visitors to the beautiful Somerset and Exmoor coast area

Explore these themed holiday ideas to plan your visit

The Quantock Poetry Trail in Watchet
A taste of the coast

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