When you think of Britain, the likelihood is you will associate it with history, culture and potentially, soccer teams. Most people do not head to the British countryside for a beach holiday. But with pristine water, fine sand, and rich heritage, these breathtaking British beaches may change your mind about enjoying a summer staycation in the UK…
1. Durdle Door
Where? Dorset, England
The Jurassic Coast spans 96 miles along the southern coastline of England. Located in Lulworth, Durdle Door’s stone archway is a unique natural structure and a huge hit with photographers around the world. The beach can be reached by foot from Lulworth Cove, or simply walk down from the car park located at the top of its cliff.
2. Sandwood Bay
Where? Sutherland, Scotland
Arguably Scotland’s most beautiful beach, the dunes of Sandwood Bay stretch a mile and include Am Buachaille, an impressive sea stack. This remote beach is considered to be one of the many hidden gems of Scotland, and it’s unsurprising to see why with its enormous rocky cliffs overlooking the endless sand.
Where? Norfolk, England
This rugged, expansive beach offers an unspoiled coastline along the North Sea. It plays host to a dense pine forest along its trail and with four-miles of beach to walk along, you won’t get bored quickly.
4. Barafundle Bay
Where? Pembrokeshire, Wales
The isolation of this beach is part of its charm, with no tourist cafes or shops in sight. The nearest road is too far back to be a direct route to the beach, instead, venture through a small woodland and over the dunes to reach this little slice of paradise.
5. Treyarnon Bay
Where? Cornwall, England
Treyarnon Bay won an award for the quality of its water, but it’s not just its clear blue sea that makes this one of the most family-friendly beaches in the UK. With low cliffs and a family-friendly atmosphere, this Cornwall beach is one of the most popular resorts for families, and we can see why.
6. Woolacombe Beach
Where? Devon, England
This Devon beach is a regular hotspot for surfers from across the UK. With miles of coastline and a shallow shoreline, those who enjoy hitting the waves are spoiled for choice. Devon’s rolling hills and vast coastline make it an unsurprisingly popular beach destination for holidaymakers. Yet, it still retains a feel of the quintessential countryside.
7. West Wittering
Where? Sussex, England
Whilst Brighton and Bournemouth may hold the crown for their display of picturesque beach huts, West Wittering is a more secluded competitor. Located in the south-east and offering views of the South Downs, this quiet, coluorful beach has fine sand and a shoreline spanning to Chichester Harbour.