Life’s a Beach
The north west has some great beaches right on our doorstep. But over the summer you might want to take a road trip to somewhere new
With temperatures hopefully staying high over the summer season, many Brits will be racing to get to the nearest beach to soak up the sun. But why not turn it into a mini break and go further afield to check out of the more popular beaches around the country and some hidden gems?
When the weather is great, there is nothing better than a staycation, as the UK has some of the most stunning scenery. Whether it’s rolling hills or rugged mountains, white sandy beaches to oldy worldly towns, we really do have everything for a perfect holiday. Below are some suggestions of places worth taking a trip.
Top three beaches in the UK for seclusion
1. Sandwood Bay, Sutherland. Sutherland is a historic county, in the Highlands of Scotland. It has bens (mountains), glens (valleys) and seascapes, unsurpassed by anything of its kind in the Highlands.
2. Epphaven, Cornwall. Like its neighbour, Lundy Bay, this small beach of sand and rocks is only usable when the tide recedes. The beach is sheltered and to the west of it is the Lundy Hole, a hole in the cliff left by a collapsed sea cave, which is worth investigating. There are fantastic cliff walks over the headlands and the nearest town, Port Isaac, is a must visit.
3. Traeth Llyfn, Pembrokeshire. Traeth Llyfn translates as smooth beach. This is a secluded bay on Pembrokeshire’s picturesque rock north west coast. The sea here is crystal clear and if you are lucky you may spot the odd seal or two.
Top three beaches in the UK for swimming
1. Blackpool Sands, Devon. Blackpool Sands sits in a sheltered bay near Dartmouth, South Devon. An area of outstanding natural beauty what better place to enjoy a family fun day.
2. Whitstable Beach, Kent. Whitstable is a seaside town on the north coast of Kent. The beaches here are not sandy but pebble. That being said, it is lovely for swimming as the water is very clean.
3. Pentle Bay, Scilly Isles. A particular highlight includes Pentle Bay on Tresco for the sheer romance of it, Porth Loo Beach on St. Mary’s for rock pooling, Town Beach on St. Mary’s for beachcombing, Great Bay on St Martin’s (voted the best in the UK) for swimming and Great Par on Bryher for a fabulous family day out. What more would you want?
Top three beaches in the UK for the perfect photo opportunity/scenery
1. Wells, Norfolk. Wells-next-the-Sea is a port on the North Norfolk coast. With breath-taking award-winning beaches, lots of places to eat and scenic walks, it’s the perfect getaway.
2. Durdle Door, Dorset, is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset and is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks.
3. Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland. With one of the most iconic castles as a background and the world famous Farne Islands on the other Bamburgh beach makes for a dramatic visit.
Where are you going this summer?