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Sand Bay, Weston super Mare

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Sand Bay is a strip of coast in North Somerset bordered to the south by Worlebury Hill and to the north by Middle Hope and Sand Point. It lies 2mi north of the seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, and across the Bristol Channel from South Wales. It is adjacent to the village of Kewstoke.Coastal detailsThe north end of Sand Bay has become overgrown with spartina grass since the 1950s. This hardy grass was planted to support the banks of a tributary to the Bristol Channel further upstream than Sand Bay. Over the last 20 years the grass has rapidly taken over the north end of the beach and is now beginning to grow in isolated areas of the south end. The grass also began to grow on the beach at Weston-super-Mare, but was removed by the local council.In the 1980s part of the beach at Sand Bay was raised to prevent flooding by pumping sand from the Bristol Channel up onto the beach. The beach now has two levels, one at the original height near the sea and one bordering the adjacent road at the higher level. The upper beach level has now become covered in grass in many areas (not with the spartina grass - which is found at sea level).Sea water qualityThe beach is often littered with tidal-borne material that washes up from the Bristol Channel, and — like all other beaches in North Somerset — it has never received a European Blue Flag. However, since 2005 and 2006 DEFRA has rated the water quality as good.
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  • This is a lovely beach and ubspoilt bay. Visit the Tea rooms near the Bus turn around and car park , it's very good for food.  more »
  • I adore Sand bay. most people just go to the end and back again but if you discover the cove to the left of the end of the bay----much wild life and exploring to do  more »
  • Very large bay that is great for dog walking. The sea goes out an incredible distance and returns at a good speed so be careful.  more »

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