Stunning Somerset beach named among the UK's best

Clevedon's beach and famous pier on a sunny warm day
Clevedon's beach and famous pier on a sunny warm day -Credit:Tanya Waterworth

A beach in Somerset has been named among the best in the UK with the top seven of a new list all being in the South West. The Telegraph has put together an extensive list of the best beaches to visit this summer, and Clevedon is at number seven.

It is judged so highly for being the best all-round scene. There is praise for its sand-and-pebble beach and grassy promenade, with its bandstand, arcades and ice-creams.

When it comes to beautiful beaches, the South West dominates the list with our incredibly stunning and unmistakable shores. Other regions like Norfolk, Pembrokeshire and North Lancashire also feature in the top ranks, each offering its own unique blend of natural beauty and local charm.

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Telegraph travel experts have handpicked their favourite beaches across the British Isles. Some are well-known, located along the popular coastlines of Devon and Cornwall and others are hidden gems, tucked away in the Highlands or the Hebrides. Here's The Telegraph's top 20:

  • Par, Isles of Scilly

  • Pedn Vounder, Cornwall

  • Polzeath, Cornwall

  • East Portlemouth, Devon

  • Saunton Sands, Devon

  • Seatown, Dorset

  • Clevedon, Somerset

  • Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

  • Rottingdean, East Sussex

  • St Margaret's Bay, Kent

  • Walberswick, Suffolk

  • Brancaster, Norfolk

  • Morecambe North, Lancashire

  • Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

  • Cocklawburn and Cheswick, Northumberland

  • Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

  • Penbryn, Ceredigion

  • Elie Harbour, Fife

  • Silver Sands of Morar, Highland

  • Scarista Beach, Isle of Harris


The Telegraph says that while Somerset boasts some truly stunning beaches, such as the miles-long soft, blonde sand of Brean Down and the quaint beauty of Layde Bay, Clevedon offers the best overall experience/ It features a lengthy sand-and-pebble beach, backed by a grassy promenade complete with a bandstand, arcades and ice cream vendors.

The northern end of town is home to one of the country's most picturesque piers, built in 1869, which extends 310m into the Bristol Channel and houses a cafe in its pagoda. Inland, you'll find Hill Road, known for its chic independent businesses like Vintage & Vine bar and bottleshop, and Books on the Hill.

At the southern end of Clevedon lies the vast Marine Lake, a 15,000 square metre tidal infinity pool where visitors can swim, crab, canoe or SUP at no cost (though donations are appreciated).