Whether you class yourself as a bit of a beach bum, a surf fanatic or just love that feeling of sand between your toes, how about visiting one, or a few, of the best beaches to be explored right here in the UK?
As an island, we have a vast amount of coastline ready and waiting to be explored, with some being voted the best by professional beach judges, as well as the general public.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of just a handful of the vast number of beaches you could be walking along during one of your summer breaks away.
Are you ready to see where you could be heading this summer?
Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall
Transport yourself to what looks like the Caribbean, with the white sands and turquoise sea. Here, it’s not just dolphins and basking sharks that are the only stars of this beauty spot, with many actors and film crews escaping to this tropical paradise also. This spot was actually used for a dream sequence in the second series of Poldark.
Above the beach, on top of the granite cliffs, you’ll find the breath-taking Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre built into the cliffs.
It’s good to note here, that there’s a dog ban on the beach from easter to 1 October. Lifeguards will be on duty only during the summer months.
Holkham Beach, Norfolk
What could be better than four miles of golden sands, including sand dunes with wildflowers and grasses along its edge, and a pine woodland just behind?
Many visitors have described this stretch of beach as wild, free and lunar-like, with its vast expanse of untouched beauty.
Part of the Holkham estate and nature reserve, this beach is unspoilt, protected and the perfect place for a spot of beachcombing!
It’s good to note here, that under no circumstances are you allowed to build or light a fire, or any barbecues here.
Having held its European Blue Flag award for more than 30 years, Sandbanks beach is one of the safest beaches in Britain, as well as scenic.
The sloping stretch of golden sand marks the beginning of the shoreline, of this very popular seaside spot. When visiting, you’ll notice not only is the beach clean and looks untouched, but there’s a swimmers only bathing area and a designated barbecue area that allows you to responsibly cook a meal for you and your group.
It’s good to note here, that there are accessible parking spaces found in many car parks along this stretch of shoreline.
Camber Sands, Sussex
You could mistake Camber Sands for an Arabian setting, with its desert-like sand dunes and long stretch of golden sands.
This sandy shore stretches for five miles before, along the eastern side, it begins to turn from sand to shingles and pebbles.
Due to its desert feel, many film crews have used this location to transport their audiences to a far away place, rather than the UK. This includes the likes of the Carry On cast and crew, in Carry On Follow That Camel.
It’s good to note here, that dogs are allowed to explore this stretch of beach via a lead only. There are some sections of the beach that are no-dog zones, so do be sure to look out for the signs.
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