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Dunster North West

Dunster North West beach, Somerset

A large northeast facing sandy beach, backed by shingle with frequent wooden groynes limiting the movement of sand away from the beach. It is about a mile and a half long with beach chalets running along the back of the beach. There is a small lake here called the Hawn with associated wildlife.

You can swim from the beach but please be aware of strong water currents and the possibility of getting cut off by the tide.

Facilities include food, toilets, disabled toilets and a shop. There is ample pay and display parking as well as Tennis, Mini Golf and Fishing. and there is a large picnic area available. There are also plenty of local coastal walks and a wildlife walk on the nearby camp site.

Dunster North West Beach includes the mouth of the River Avill. It rises on the eastern slopes of Dunkery Beacon and flows north through Timberscombe and Dunster flowing into the Bristol Channel.

Dogs are not allowed on certain areas.



 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly


OS Explorer Map OL9: Exmoor

OS Explorer Map OL9: Exmoor

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Dunster, Minehead, Exmoor and Wheddon Cross.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

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:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Blue Anchor, Minehead, Porlock and Dulverton.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


 arrowDunster Museum and Doll Collection

 arrowDunster Castle


 arrowCleeve Abbey

 arrowBakelite Museum


 arrowRegal Theatre

 arrowWest Somerset Rural Life Museum


 arrowExmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

 arrowPorlock (Dovery Manor) Museum

 arrowGreencombe Gardens




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