Berrow sits between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean at the heart of a seven mile long stretch of sand. The sands here are backed by dunes that are recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Local Nature Reserve to protect their varied habitats, including sand, saltmarsh, slacks, ponds, scrub, woodland and a freshwater lagoon. These support a high level of diversity including over 270 plant species, many relatively rare.
The beach is accessed by footpaths from the coast road all the way along its length and there is a beach access road at the north edge of the dunes, where a section of the beach is available for beach parking.
Like all beaches along this part of the Somerset coast, the section closest to the shore is sandy, and due to its length still retains uncrowded areas for those seeking solitude. It is popular for dog walking and beach activities and just south of the Nature Reserve is the wreck of the Nornen, a wooden barque from Norway which became grounded in a storm in 1897, and proved impossible to salvage. Two stark rows of broken timbers are all that remains and can be seen on our Berrow Dunes and Wreck of the Nornen walk.
At the southern end of the beach is St Mary’s Church which regularly serves cream teas on summer weekends.