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Berrow Sands

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Berrow Sands

Berrow Sands is a part of a 6½ mile long sandy beach reaching from Burnham-on-Sea to Brean Down. The beach is of fine sand at the top, backed by dunes. Lower down the beach is deep mud, and signs warn against venturing too far down the beach. Swimming is only allowed for approximately 2 hours either side of high tide - at other times a red flag is flown. The sea here is a consistent muddy brown colour, and very uninviting. The remains of the Norwegian barque, the SS Nornen, wrecked in 1897, can be seen to the south at low tide.

Behind the dunes is the coast road, with frequent paths across the dunes to the beach. Lifeguards patrol from early July to early September (10.00 - 18.00), and dogs are allowed at all times, but must be kept under control. Parking is on the beach, and vehicles must adhere to the 15 mph speed limit. Motor cycles and learner drivers are not allowed. The gate onto the beach is open from 09.00 until 20.00 daily. Wardens also patrol the beach.

Facilities here include toilets, drinking water and a pub / restaurant. There are numerous camp sites and holiday parks in the vicinity.

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