Skip to main content

Beach and water safety information

We want you to enjoy our beaches and make the most of the facilities provided by keeping safe by the sea. 

Everyone using the beach needs to be take care, particularly where children are involved. Harbour jumping or "tombstoning" is prohibited, it is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death.

The Bristol Channel has a huge tidal range so beach users must be aware they could get trapped at the bottom of cliffs by an incoming tide. At low tide you could get trapped in mud. Signs are displayed at most beach access points.

There’s life-saving equipment at Minehead beach and harbour, Blue Anchor beach and Watchet harbour/marina. We also have life-saving equipment by our rivers. It is inspected regularly and maintained or replaced as necessary.

Please report missing or damaged equipment using the general enquiries online form.

There is a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) inshore lifeboat station next to Minehead harbour. In an emergency they should be contacted by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

Related pages