Watchet is a harbour town fronted by a rocky foreshore, exposed for up to half a mile at low tide. The town has good access by road and is also a designated stop on the picturesque West Somerset Railway.
West Street Beach lies immediately west of the harbour. North-facing the beach consists of rock, pebbles and some grey sand overlying the rocky platform. At low water rock pools and an old bathing pool are uncovered to explore. The beach is accessed down a ramp from the B3191 road.
The cliffs have unusual rock formations with gypsum (alabaster) occurring as veins in the red Keuper marl of the Triassic Geological Period (about 200 mya).
All the usual facilities, including parking, are available in Watchet.
Activities include boating, boat trips, trips on the scenic West Somerset Railway and searching for fossils.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL9: Exmoor
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: