2020 was a strange year for us all. I love nothing more than exploring the world, but as travelling further a field seems to be off limits for now. staycations and U.K. destinations are on the rise. I’ve written this blog just to highlight a few of my favourite beaches around the U.K. that are great starting points when looking for a getaway or a day out as a couple or a family.
Dorset’s most iconic landmarks and possibly one of the best beaches in the U.K. & the prettiest beaches in England. The water here is lovely and welcomes bathers – that is if you dare dip a toe in the nippy English channel – while a national trail runs over the cliff tops. Access to the pebble and shingle beach is on foot via a path and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove or down from the Car Park (charges apply) which is located on the cliff top at Durdle Door Holiday Park. There is a half mile walk (approx 30 minutes) along a steep path downhill, plus a further 143 steps down onto the beach. It’s also sat right on the Jurassic coast which makes it perfect for fossil spotting along the pebble shoreline and was even recognised as England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001.
Best for: It’s got to be that iconic view. The natural limestone arch has been formed over years of erosion by the waves and has even given the beach its name. The name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’, which means to drill or pierce.
St Ives is SO popular and beautiful, a little larger than some of the other places, St. Ives is a gorgeous town where you can chill out on the sandy beach. it can get crowded, the crowds themselves weren’t that big of a deal. The problem we faced was trying to find a hotel online before going. There aren’t many actual “hotels” in St Ives and actually because it’s such a small town with little lanes and everything, it’s more B&Bs. The B&B’s are really cute and charming, so I recommend booking one instead of the hotels.
The climate in Cornwall, and St. Ives, in particular, is the most pleasant and sunny in the UK due to the Gulf Stream influence and southern siting. The southernmost part of Cornwall is located in the subtropical climate zone. Here, the sun shines more than 1500 hours per year.
Not only does St Ives have some fantastic beaches, it has some of the best beach cafes to be found anywhere. The best known and longest running in its current guise is the Porthminster Beach Cafe. The small whitewashed, 1920s building is located practically at beach level with views right across St Ives Bay. This award winning café is best known for seafood.
SENNEN COVE, CORNWALL
This mile-long cove, just around the corner from Land’s End, is breathtakingly beautiful. Years ago, it was thought that mermaids frequented the shores. Years later, the mermaids actually turned out to be dolphins, which can still be seen frolicking in the deep blue waters at certain times of year. Surfers love it, too – conditions are top-rate. The village of Sennen still maintains the atmosphere of an old fishing village.
HOLKHAM BEACH, NORFOLK
The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. If your looking to explore this area, there is a walk that will take approximately two hours, If you take the raised walkway down on to the beach and bear to the right. Follow the sands for approximately 2 miles, whereupon you reach the lifeboat station at Wells-next-the-Sea. The view of Wells Harbour and the salt marshes to the right from the sea wall is quite spectacular.
Camber Sands Beach in East Sussex is famous for its soft, golden sand dunes that get bigger and bigger each year. The area is a Site of Nature Conservation Importance thanks to the dunes and the special scientific interest in the area. It’s the perfect place for long walks and soaking up the sun but it’s also popular for flying kites, kite surfing, kite boarding and kite buggying.
Once known as Bridport Harbour, West Bay lies at the mouth of the River Brit. The area around West Bay is exceptional for walks, both along the South West Coast Path and venturing inland. The spectacular East Cliff and beach feature prominently throughout all three series of the award-winning drama. Broadchurch
Kynance Cove could be mistaken for a tropical destination on a beautiful sunny day. This picturesque sandy beach is Located on the Lizard Peninsula, the contrast between the cove’s white sand beach and the dark red rock produces a breathtaking sight. A ten minute walk from the National Trust car park, Kynance is reached via a set of steep steps.
Look out for the distinctive serpentine rock formations, unique to the area.