Discerning travellers agree that the British coastline offers some stunning beaches. The UK may not be known for great weather, but being an island, it boasts miles of picturesque coastline. From vast sandy stretches, to quaint coves and bays, the UK’s coast is dotted with beautiful beaches that can be enjoyed at any time of year. Here’s a selection of 5 of the best.
1. Bamburgh, Northumberland
With Bamburgh Castle towering on the hills above it, the stunning Bamburgh beach in Northumberland stretches for miles. The expansive sands offer ample space for relaxing or playing beach games in the summer, and for bracing, wild walks in the winter. On a clear day, you can see the famous Lindisfarne – also known as Holy Island – across the water. A truly oustanding beach on the North East coast of England.
2. Watergate Bay, Newquay
Located on the North Coast of Cornwall, Newquay’s Watergate Bay offers two miles of glorious sand, set against cliffs and caves. Perfect for a family day out, the beach offers rock pools for spotting wildlife, as peregrine falcons and other rare birds swoop in the skies. Thanks to the currents in the sea, the bay is also a prime location for surfing.
3. Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
Backed by stunning chalk cliffs, Compton Bay is one of the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful beaches. While the beach offers pristine sand, the nearby Downs are great for spotting wildflowers and butterflies. At the rocks on the beach by Hanover Point you’ll find dinosaur footprints and fossils, preserved from over 120 million years. The water also offers fantastic surf.
4. Studland Bay, Dorset
Across the water from the Isle of Wight, you’ll find the stunning Studland Bay. Known as part of the Jurassic Coast, Studland offers miles of sandy beaches, backed by rolling cliffs. The expansive Knoll Beach, as well as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and the South Beach nearby offer beautiful walks all year round, and beautiful spots for picnicking and relaxing in the warmer months.
5. Woolacombe Bay, Devon
Part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Woolacombe Bay is popular with families and surfers. Offering an expanse of sand for picnicking, games, and relaxing, the beautiful bay is backed by grassy cliffs that offer spectacular views. The multi-award-winning beach also boasts very high water quality, making it perfect for a paddle or even water sports.
Why not book your UK seaside break today and explore one of these stunning locations?