Somerset is on the southern side of the Bristol Channel and most of the shores have a sandy top half and treacherous mud below the half-tide point. The sea-water is usually a muddy-brown colour and very uninviting. Beaches which don't have mud, often have dangerous currents. Two beaches, Berrow and Burnham-on-Sea have lifeguards and swimming is allowed for about 2 hours either side of high tide. The main resort beaches are Weston-super-Mare and Minehead, both of which have good facilities.
Across the channel into South Wales, Glamorgan (to the east) has better beaches but the sea-water is often a muddy colour. Proceeding westwards, the beaches and coastline improve considerably.