Dunster Beach, Dunster, Exmoor National Park

Dunster Beach, Dunster, Exmoor National Park

Vast low tide sand and stone beach in Blue Anchor Bay

Dunster Beach is a vast low tide sand and stone beach that backs onto pebbles. It lines a section of Blue Anchor Bay. There's plenty of parking behind the beach or easy access on the West Somerset Coast Path from Minehead. It's a great place to get away from the crowds. Minehead Beach is to the west and Blue Anchor Beach to the east.


Location of Dunster Beach

The eastern section of Exmoor National Park borders Minehead. The northern section of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty/AONB extends to the coast by West Quantoxhead, East Quantoxhead and Kilve. The coastline between Exmoor and the Quantocks is lined with beaches. Dunster Beach and Blue Anchor Beach are towards the centre of this stretch of coastline.

The West Somerset Railway and the A39 run behind Dunster Beach.

We've positioned Dunster Beach on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.


Directions to, and parking at, Dunster Beach

You can access Dunster Beach by car/vehicle, heritage railway or on foot/bike.

If you're coming by car, drive the A39 to Dunster. Take one of the roads that turns into Marsh Street (as marked on Google maps) and follow Sea Lane to the large car parking area at the back of Dunster Beach.

Alternatively, take the West Somerset Railway to Dunster Railway Station and walk down to the beach.

You can also walk in from Minehead on the West Somerset Coast Path or from Dunster using the A39 underpass to Marsh Street and Sea Lane.


Dunster Beach

At low tide, Dunster is a vast sand and stone beach. The West Somerset Coast Path runs along the back of the beach with its bank of pebbles.

Minehead Beach is to the west and Blue Anhcor Beach to the east.

There's a catering trailer selling refreshments.

Note that 'dog walking is only permitted on the public footpath or the roadway ... not the sandy foreshore or picnic area. All dogs must be kept on a lead under strict owner control whilst using our private property'. (Source: information board on site)


Beaches near Dunster Beach

Beaches on the coastline east of Dunster Beach:

Blue Anchor Beach

Watchet West Street Beach

Helwell Bay Beach

Doniford Beach

St Audrie's Bay Beach

East Quantoxhead Beach

Kilve Beach

Lilstock Beach


Beaches on the coastline west of Dunster Beach:

Minehead Beach

Bossington Beach

Porlock Beach

Sillery Sands (Beach)

Lynmouth Eastern Beach

Lynmouth Western Beach

Wringcliff Bay Beach

Lee Abbey Bay Beach

Woody Bay Beach

Heddon's Mouth Beach

Wild Pear Beach

Combe Martin Beach

Combe Martin Newbury Beach

Broadsands Beach

Watermouth Cove (Beach)

Hele Beach

Ilfracombe Rapparee Cove (Beach)

Ilfracombe Wildersmouth Beach

Ilfracombe Tunnels Beaches

Lee Bay Beach

Sandy Cove (Beach)


North Devon Atlantic facing beaches:

Rockham Beach

Grunta Beach

Barricane Beach

Woolacombe Sand (Beach)

Putsborough Sand (Beach)

Croyde Sand (Beach)

Saunton Sands (Beach)

Northam Burrows Beach

Westward Ho! Beach

Instow Sands (Beach)


Things to do near Dunster Beach

South West Coast Path

West Somerset Coast Path

Dunster Castle

The Dunster Douglas (the tallest tree in England)

West Somerset Railway

Dunkery Beacon

The Valley of Rocks

Lynton and Lynmouth Railway

Watersmeet (National Trust)


Villages and towns near Dunster Beach






Porlock Weir