Think You Have to Leave Home for a Beach Getaway? Consider These UK Beaches this Summer 2016
When the weather warms up, so do England’s beaches, from windswept wilderness to gentle bays and beach hut-lined esplanades. If your budget doesn’t stretch as far as the Caribbean this year and you don’t fancy competing for sand space in Spain, why not consider a beach holiday, right here at home?
With nearly 100 miles of coastline to enjoy, Dorset has a beach to suit everyone’s holiday style. Explore golden sands, untouched coves, family-friendly facilities and the famous Durdle Door limestone arch.
Weymouth offers safe swimming water and traditional beachside entertainment along the esplanade, making it the perfect spot for little ones on a family break. Victorian Swanage is the place for sunbaking and nature walks, while West Bay’s iconic cliffs add a dramatic backdrop to the shimmering sea. Of course, a Dorset adventure isn’t complete without a swim and some amusement park fun at Bournemouth Pier.
Dust off the surfboard for a visit to Cornwall, with long stretches of exposed coast offering great surfing conditions, especially around Perranporth and Godrevy. If you prefer restaurants, cafes and shops to accompany your daily swims, check out the bustling beach towns of Marazion and Porthmeor.
Perranporth is the quintessential seaside village, with a natural swimming pool, lifeguards in summer, pubs, shops and resorts. Kynance Cove is a photographers dream, with white sand, turquoise water and rock formations. The jewel in the crown, however, is Porthcurno Beach, set among granite cliffs with an arc of golden sand, near Land’s End.
Charming villages, unspoilt stretches of sand, secluded coves and rock pools await on a Devon escape. Blackpool Sands beach, in Dartmouth, is perhaps the most popular, with crystal waters, pine trees, lifeguards and water sports equipment available for hire.
Beer Beach is a sheltered cove in the seaside village of Beer, Putsborough Sands Beach offers great conditions for surfers, at the southern section of Woolacombe sands, while Woolacombe itself is a vibrant seaside resort. If you’re on the hunt for beach huts, check out Broadsands Beach and take a gorgeous coastal walk while you’re there.
Isle of Wight
Beaches on the Isle of Wight win awards for their beauty, so it’s a great spot for you and your flip-flops! Get involved in all the seafront amusements along the esplanades of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor or visit Alum Bay Beach for coloured sands and to discover the iconic chalk stacks, called The Needles.
Unspoiled natural beauty is found at Brooke Beach on the south west coast, Bembridge Lane End Beach is perfect for a morning paddle, Gurnard Beach is a quaint pebble and shingle beach complete with charming huts and Steephill Cove in Ventnor is an off-the-beaten part adventure.
Sussex is blessed with a coastline of dramatic white cliffs, white sand and pebble beaches. Naturally, Brighton Beach shines, with colourful deck chairs, lifeguards, attractions and the Victorian Palace Pier.
To get away from it all, head to Climping Beach, which is a quiet retreat from its neighbours, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis – where you’ll find all the seafront action the kids are looking for. West Wittering Beach, located at the entrance to Chichester Harbour, holds a Blue Flag Award, with large sandy spaces, a Beach Café and car park.
Swim in the wilderness, relax in a pretty coastal towns and have family fun on the beaches of Wales. Abersoch, on the Llyn Peninsula, hosts the August Regatta, with raft racing, crab catching and sandcastle building contests. Picturesque Barmouth Beach, in Snowdonia, has a lively atmosphere with trampolines, ice cream stores and arcade games.
Nature lovers will adore Barafundle Bay, in Pembrokeshire. Here, you’ll find dunes backing on to woodland, natural arches and dramatic cliff walks. For snorkelling and sea-caving, check out remote Mwnt Beach, in Ceredigion.
The Northumberland coast is a wild stretch of empty beaches, castles and beautiful gardens to explore. Bamburgh Castle Beach lies in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ where you can build your own sandcastles, underneath a real one.
Seahouses Beach, at the foot of an historic fishing village, offers secluded spaces and sand dunes. Alnmouth is a postcard-pretty town, with colourful cottages overlooking vast expanses of golden sand.
Essex is literally packed-full of seaside resorts, just waiting for you to find your own sandy spot. Frinton-on-Sea Beach is a quiet family resort for the ultimate relaxing break by the sea.
Clacton Beach is famous for its Victorian pier and fun seaside attractions, while Walton on the Naze has a sandy, sloping beach with a lovely backdrop of cliffs. Shoeburyness Beach is home to colourful beach huts along a seafront promenade, with a large grassy area and the most important ingredient – ice creams for sale.