Plan your summer today with these stunning British beach destinations.
There’s nothing better than a beach holiday and, just because international travel is complicated this year, there’s no reason why you can’t have a lovely staycation. Step into your grandparents’ shoes, who holidayed in Bournemouth, Brighton and Blackpool, soaking up the rays and swimming in the sea. Although it doesn’t have the allure of golden sands and beach cocktails, the UK has some beautiful coastlines that you can make the most of this summer. Here is our ultimate list of UK beaches so you can holiday at home. So, pack up your picnic, sun cream and best beachwear and have a great day out. Let’s go!
1. Camber Sands
Located in Sussex on the South coast, Camber Sands is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It offers five miles of white dunes, great swimming and even better sunsets. You can stay in the nearby town of Rye which has cobbled streets and Tudor-style houses. There’s even a dog-friendly area if you’re lucky enough to take your family’s furry friend along!
2. Formby Beach
Soft stretches of sand lined with dunes and pinewoods? Check! Horse riding? Check! Cute dogs? Check! Red squirrels? Check! Yes, really! Formby beach is a National Trust site located on the coast between Liverpool and Preston and offers tonnes of fun activities. You may even find prehistoric footprints, which are often revealed by the tides!
3. Durdle Door
Located on the Jurassic Coast, you are bound to recognise Durdle Door beach and its iconic limestone arch. In fact, it is a World Heritage Site and offers stunning chalk cliffs with caves that have been eroded by the sea.
4. Kynance Cove
There are few beaches as breathtaking as Kynance Cove in Cornwall. Famous for its dark stone rocks, white sand and blue waters, this is a favourite in the summer holidays so we’d recommend visiting during June or September for a less crowded trip. You can walk the 15-minute track down, which offers a beautiful view of the sea and visit the nearby national park.
Saltburn Beach in Yorkshire became popular inVictorian times due to its beautiful sandy beach. Many aspects of its rich heritage remain, like the pier, nearby Italian gardens and operational tram, which takes you down the 120ft cliff. It has since been voted one of the best beaches in the UK with Blue Flag water quality.
Where will the summer take you? Check out our other articles here for the ultimate summer.