With the weather set to score this summer (finally!), it may be time to set off for a day on the beach. Although we may not boast the whitest of sands, or the bluest of seas, the UK has some excellent beaches, perfect for days out with friends and family, and great seaside towns to go with it. From family friendly, fun-packed beaches, to isolated coves perfect for chilling out on, the UK offers a surprising amount of different, but excellent beaches.
West Wittering beach in Sussex is a picturesque, little slice of heaven! Whiter than white sand, long grass, and sand dunes make you feel like you are on your own little island. Its low tide is ideal for families with young ones to play around in, and the many rock pools are perfect for little, adventurous minds to explore.
Huisinis on the Outer Hebrides on the coast of Scotland looks as if it could be any beach in the carribean! The blue water, and white sands are perfectly complimented by the surrounding green land and rocks and is the great spot to watch for the vast range of wildlife. Set in its own bay, this beach is truly breathtaking, and a must-visit in the summer.
Classic Seaside Spots
If you want a good old fashioned seaside break look no further than Blackpool. As well as its vast beaches, it offers all the traditional British seaside treats you would expect like the fantastic pleasure pier, a fairground with some of the best roller coasters in the UK, plenty of places for fish ‘n’ chips, as well as deck chairs and donkey rides. Blackpool has something for everyone, whatever your age.
Likewise, Brighton also has that old-fashioned charm about it, mixed with contemporary cool. The gorgeous beachfront walks, mix of old and new architecture, the stunning marina as well as the great shopping opportunities are just some of Brighton’s best bits.
The South-West Sands
Cornwall has some of the best beaches in Britain, especially if you are up for some surfing or body boarding! Perranporth beach is huge, and perfect for runners or bringing the dogs along to enjoy too. Expect big waves, lots of soft sand, and it to always be busy and bustling. With sand dunes to climb as well as massive rocks to explore, this one is great for kids. Perranporth has a cool beach bar to grab a bite to eat, plus trampolines for the kids and is close to shops and parking – which is also a plus!
Gwithian beach in Cornwall is the place to head for some proper surfing though! Popular with all water sports enthusiasts, it is great place to check out some impressive kitesurfing pros, as well as give it a go yourself. Again, this beach has some great cafes for a relaxing break after a full on day.
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