When planning to spend summer time traveling, be sure to pencil in certain of Britain’s best beaches for the very own cheap summer holiday.
Britain has over 10,000 miles of coastline and endless stunning beaches to find out. You probably won’t have time to see these (in fact you definitely won’t!), so we’ve selected 10 of the best for you to explore in your next trip.
A well known summer beach that attracts visitors of every age group. The steeply shelved beach attracts swimmers from everywhere, who can then dry on their own the pure white, sandy beach, as the glimmering rays of the sun sparkle around the calm waters. A stream towards the top of the river is ideal for paddling, or simply cooling down if taking a dip within the sea is not an option.
Achmelvich Beach, Highlands
One of the little islands and coves from the west coast of Scotland are available countless beautiful beaches. Some are wild stretches of sand, some sheltered bays with turquoise sea once the sun shines, and just about all are free from crowds, pollution and noise.
Within the far north-west of the Highlands, Achmelvich has a number of lovely, intimate beaches backed with a picturesque, flowering landscape. It provides clean white sands (no dogs in summer holidays), clear, safe waters where porpoises swim in summer, a yearly sandcastle-building competition and Europe’s tiniest castle, Hermit’s Castle.
Barafundle Bay Beach
Just choosing one Welsh beach location would be to risk insulting this country’s stunning coastline, so we’ll turn it into a good one. Barafundle Bay on the Pembrokeshire coast is spellbinding. You need to walk along a cliff path from nearby Stackpole Quay and thru a stone archway to find it, but when you do, you’ll feel you’ve undergone some sort of mythical, mind-cleansing portal.
A great beach needs some component of drama, and they don’t come a lot more dramatic than towering Bamburgh Castle looming from the craggy perch above the Northumberland coast. More drama is near by at Holy Island, accessed with a low-tide causeway leading to ancient Lindisfarne Priory and more deserted, golden beaches.
Abereiddi Blue Lagoon
Not strictly a seaside, the Blue Lagoon is actually an old quarry having a tidal channel to the sea. The quarry forms a gratifying circle, protecting and enclosing a disc of shimmering azure water. It’s an intimate spot reached by walking past ruined slate workers’ cottages and quarry buildings. Encompassed by cliffs, it’s popular with cliff jumpers and coasteerers.
Dorset – Studland Beach
With four miles of feather soft, pure pristine, and gentle shelves that lead in to the milky-blue sea, Studland Beach is encompassed by sand dunes and heathland. The rolling gaits from the surrounding area provide secluded areas, ideal for enjoying the summer sun, or perhaps a evening barbeque. The northern stretch is most easily reached by ferry, and it has the feel of a secluded island retreat, ideal for those who wish to unwind and detox in the hustle and bustle of city life.
Rhossili Bay, Gower Coast
Voted the very best Beach in June 2010, Rhossili Bay is a well-liked surfing attraction for tourists round the UK. At low tide, the expanses of soppy sand are perfect for walking, sand castle building and using the summer sun. It would be better to keep an eye on the tide, in the event you get cut off. A popular destination, there’s all manner of wind and aquatic sports available, from surfing to paragliding.
Camber Sands Beach
Hidden behind a mountain of golden dunes, Camber Sands in East Sussex is really a windswept expanse of soft, sandy beach that stretches for seven miles and has a half-a-mile width at low tide. Come for a sunset stroll within the surf, hide behind a windbreak, ride your horse, fly a kite, or act up your ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ fantasy in the quieter western end from the beach.
With not one but two fabulous beach cafés created by leading British architects – free airline Beach Café by Asif Khan and the undulating, sculptural East Beach Café by Thomas Heatherwick – Littlehampton is quickly becoming a foodie haven. Once you’ve eaten your fill from the excellent fish and chips in the former or more sophisticated dishes in the latter, you can enjoy one of the south coast’s quietest beaches. Go out of town to explore Rick Mather’s much-lauded new Towner Gallery in nearby Eastbourne.
Very few beaches in Britain boast proper pristine, but Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris does, and it is shot through with rivulets of sea water that sparkle inside a hundred hues of blue and white light. Framed by the hills from the Outer Hebrides, the elements combine to produce arguably Britain’s most beautiful views along with a topography that goes back three billion years.