Brean Down, Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea were busy on the first weekend since the Government’s easing of lockdown rules came into force, but there was no mass influx of visitors as feared by local councils who continue to ask visitors to stay away.
Pictured above were the busy scenes at Berrow on Sunday afternoon where motorists parked along the road verge while the Nature Reserve car park and Berrow beach car park remain shut.
There were also busy scenes at Brean Down Bird Garden’s car park, pictured above on Sunday afternoon. Over 100 vehicles were parked up.
Plenty of walkers were seen on Brean Down, pictured here, where social distancing guidelines were being followed.
Signs placed by the National Trust at the bottom of Brean Down state that the steps up to the top are closed “to aid social distancing.”
Walkers are instead being directed to use the old military road to the top of Brean Down while the steps remain closed.
Car parking was offered on a field at Brean’s Channel View Holiday Park, pictured above, where dozens of vehicles were seen pitched up. Social distancing was being encouraged.
Beaches at Brean and Berrow were not empty on Sunday, but they were not as busy as local councils and some residents feared.
In Burnham on Sunday, the beach saw walkers enjoying the sunshine. The majority of people were following social distancing guidelines in their family groups.
Burnham’s South Esplanade near the Sailing Club saw a number of parked vehicles on Sunday. Sedgemoor District Council has reminded campervan owners that they cannot stay overnight under the lockdown guidelines.
A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said: “As expected, the number of beach users increased this weekend with the easing of restrictions. Teams around the coast have been out patrolling in an effort to prevent incidents and to issue beach safety advice. While numbers have indeed increased we are happy to report that everyone has been sensible, stayed on safe ground and not wandered out into the mud or put themselves at risk.”