'PLEASE don't visit just yet.'

That is the message from Sedgemoor District Council who is urging people who are considering visiting beaches or beauty spots to 'think carefully' about their trip and 'be considerate' to the community.

A spokesperson for Sedgemoor District Council, said: "The main message is that we love to see you, but just not now: there are very few facilities for anyone visiting for a day trip.

At the beaches and parks, there are no safety staff/beach wardens/lifeguards on duty.

"Social distancing measures continue to apply - please observe these at all times for your safety and the safety of communities and businesses."

The council has released a list explaining which public services are open at beaches and advice for cyclists, motorists and beach-goers.

Beaches and parks

Beaches are open for exercise but social distancing measures continue to apply.

You can only go out with people from your household or one other person, whilst staying two metres apart.

At Burnham-on-Sea beach, there are no safety staff/beach wardens/lifeguards on duty. Visitors will need to take extra care when on the beach.

"Please read relevant safety signage before going onto the beach. Please do not approach the water at low tide as there are dangerous mud flats in which you may become trapped," an SDC spokesperson said.

"Emergency services will have to rescue you as the incoming tide is extremely fast.

"Please take extra care on and around the Jetty and take note of safety signage and restricted areas.

"If you do have to visit, please act responsibly and bring whatever you need for the day with you."

Council owned-toilets on Burnham Esplanade and at Apex Park in Highbridge and Cheddar are open; there is signage to remind people to socially distance if queueing.

Play areas/playgrounds within parks remain closed.

The seats within shelters along the Esplanade are also taped off to encourage social distancing in line with Government direction.

Brean Down/Brean Down Fort

The car park at Brean Down is open.

Walkers are not advised to use the steps from the beach up to Brean Down, as it is impossible to socially distance on them, there is alternative access is via the Old Military Road.

A block of toilets linked to a cafe at Brean Down are currently closed in line with government guidance.

SDC said dogs should be kept on leads at all times and there are no beach staff or toilets available.

Berrow Beach/Access Road

The gates to the Berrow Beach access road will remain locked as there are no safety staff/wardens on duty to help any visitors who may get into trouble from parking on the beach.

SDC said it is possible to walk onto the beach via footpaths from the road.

The beach is available for exercise but social distancing measures continue to apply.

You can only go to the beach with people from your household or one other person whilst staying two metres apart.

There are no public toilets and limited litter bins on the beach, so if you do visit - please take your litter home.

Food and Drink

SDC said the majority of visitor facilities including hospitality facilities remain closed, apart from some takeaway services from a few premises.


The council is urging cyclists to 'be aware and respectful' of shared spaces and paths and note that pedestrians may not be aware of your presence, so please let them know when if you are approaching at speed.

Accommodation and second homes

SDC said going on holiday and visiting second homes is still not permitted.

Campsites, holiday parks, hotels, bed and breakfasts and other holiday accommodation will remain closed, except when providing accommodation for specific reasons, such as for critical workers needing a place to stay for work.

Overnight stays in camper vans are not permitted.