West St Beach and
the Victorian Paddling Pool:
Located just off West Street at the bottom of the hill to Blue Anchor is the slip way to West Street Beach. The Beach is a stony, rock pool and fossil filled delight, with incredible strata punctuated vistas. It’s a fantastic spot for a walk, and happily for many, an area of coastline that still welcomes dogs.
Watchet’s Victorian tidal pool can be found on West Street Beach, at the bottom of the short slipway. Historically, Watchet had two pools, this one and one on Helwell Bay, which has since disappeared. The reason for having two pools was because during the Victorian era ladies and gentlemen did not bathe together!
Early each summer the Watchet Conservation Society cleans the pool ready for both visiting and local children to enjoy.
As the tide goes out on West Street Beach, for those able to have a little scramble over the rocks on the headland, you can access a lovely stretch of sandy beach and alabaster cliffs. But be warned…….this beach is cut of by high tide!
For those with energy and good footing you can walk all the way to Blue Anchor along this beach. There are some difficult pebble covered areas, and some sandy stretches. Please check the tide times before embarking on a hike the full length of the coastline. You can access the headland at Warren Bay Holiday Park up the steps.
West Street beach is accessed by the slip way from West Street. This is a steep gradient without hand rails. The tide reaches the bottom of the slip way and brings debris onto the bottom section of the slope. The beach is pebbles and large rocks.