If you ask any first-time visitor coming into the UK about their expectations, most people will talk about exploring big metropolitan cities or quaint countryside areas. For some reason, most visitors don’t seem to realize there are some exquisite beaches here… which is not all that surprising, once you consider the United Kingdom boast over 12,000 miles of coastline! For anyone looking to get familiar with the most attractive beaches throughout the UK, this article will make for a good starting point. Since it’s never too soon to start planning for the next summer, here we have pointed out seven beaches that are most certainly worth visiting.
A well-known centre for diverse sports and outdoors activities, Brighton is the ideal beach for seaside fitness enthusiasts. Located just a one-hour train ride from London, it attracts legions of sun-loving party people; as such, there is a vast offering of seaside bars, restaurants, clubs and all kinds of entertainment centres, bundled around the myriad of local piers. If you want to go where all the action is, this is your ideal beach destination in the UK.
Located just outside of Newquay, Watergate bay is a two-mile stretch of clean sandy beach – making it great destination if you’re looking to engage in beach sports and activities. From body boarding to paddle boarding, kite surfing and plain surfing, this lovely bay is a popular hang-out for adepts of extreme water sports; also a good place to see intricate displays of sand art.
Looking for a really peaceful and secluded beach? Then by all means make way for Barafundle Bay; since there isn’t an actual road leading to the beach, not many bother to actually walk there. Those who do are treated to a small (fewer than 200 yards across) but very special sheltered beach, surrounded by limestone cliffs – which account for the near absence of wind. The 30 minute hill-crossing walk to get here will break your sweat, but it’s quite an enjoyable trek all the way through.
For those looking to experience a beach within the Scottish Highland, Achmelvich is one of the most recommendable options. With a steady tradition of blue flag awards, this settlement is a mosaic of dunes, grassy plains, and rocky bays (quite favored by rock pooling adepts). With the diverse offering of caravan and camping sites here, it’s a good place for extended stays; the cozy assortment of beaches is cornered in the background by the majestic Suilven, one of the well-known mountains in Scotland.
Looking for something unusual to add up to your mandatory beach lounging? Then consider visiting the Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe, where four tunnels left from the mining age connect the town centre to the sea front. The entire beach is a somewhat pricey resort, but it makes up for it with great facilities and top quality standards. From the impeccable tidal pool to impressive cleanliness of the beach, there are many reasons why this is one of the best beach destinations for family holidays on the beach.
Located in easternmost tip of Kent district, Stone Bay is one of the seven sandy beaches in the shores of the town of Broadstairs. It’s not the busiest or most vibrant of the seven, but it’s sheltered from the wind and wonderfully peaceful: ideal for rock pooling as well as enjoying the sun and sea. To ensure the beach will be suitable for your favoured activity, you should consult the time tides before you get here.
Within the shores of Somerset County, you’ll find Weston bay: a charming beach covering the seafront of Weston-super-mare – a resort town which is known for its occasional processions of donkeys along the beach, which leave distinctive trails along the sand. This is a great place to go with you get bored easily with just sun and sand. From sand sculpture festivals to winter gardens, aquariums and many entertainment outlets such as go-kart racing, there are many peculiarities setting this place apart from being a mere beach. Have you been to any of these beaches? Are there any others you’d like to recommend? Make sure to let us know by submitting your comments below.
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