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Woolacombe Sands, North Devon

Whether heading abroad is out of your price range this summer or you simply want to experience the beauty of our own fair isle (and we don’t blame you!) we’ve got something for beach bods and party-goers. Here are our top coastline suggestions to give you inspiration for that spontaneous mini break…

North Devon
A stone’s throw from Exmoor National Park, Ilfracombe’s coastline stretches for as far as the eye can see, encompassing the sights and sounds of Devon. Home to the ‘Tunnels Beaches’, these unique attractions were carved into the cliff face in the 1820s and still remain a favourite for children and adults to explore. No trip to the area would be complete without a visit to the nearby Woolacombe Sands, famous for its sand dunes, rock pools and marine life. Those who fancy a little more than bathing on the beach can depart on a boat trip to barely-populated Lundy Island, a unique area voted Britain’s tenth greatest natural wonder and renowned for its flora, fauna and serene jetty and harbour…

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh
Situated on the UK’s East Coast between Newcastle and Edinburgh, the small town of Bamburgh is frequented by more beach-faring visitors than local residents. Protected by the Bamburgh sandy hills, the stretching beach is often considered one of the North’s most beautiful expanses of coastline. With cliffs, caves and the extravagant Bamburgh castle in view, the area offers more than just sunbathing – why not explore the nature-filled rock pools to see what you find? Voted an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as part of the Northumberland Coastline, this serene beach is one that simply can’t be championed…

Sandbanks
Based just a 10-minute drive from Bournemouth and jutting out into the Poole harbour, the warm waters surrounding Sandbanks beach aren’t the only thing that keep visitors coming back for more. Often known as Britain’s Monte Carlo, house prices on the desirable peninsula are hitting all-time highs as a result of the spectacular views and enviable location. Featuring fine golden sands and clear waters, Sandbanks offers a prime opportunity for sandcastle building and sunbathing – and not a stone in sight! Sporty types can get their fix with water sports including parascending, jet-ski hire, power boat rides and more. You’ll be living the high life, that’s for sure…

Sandbanks

Sandbanks, Dorset

Cornwall
Variety is the spice of life, and no two beaches are the same along the charming Cornish coastline. Whether surfing, sandcastle-building or sampling the local gelato, there’s no place quite like the south west. Quaint St Ives has made a name for itself for over the years winning the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition many times for its vibrant gardens and clean beaches, plus sighting of seals, dolphins and basking sharks have made the area a favourite for marine lovers. Highlights include Porthminster beach, home to half a mile of golden sands and the South West Coast Path, ideal for scenic cliff walks.

Porthminster beach

Porthminster beach, St Ives

More determined to find a surfer’s haven and collection of buzzing beach bars than an untouched natural harbour? You won’t find a more hip ‘n’ happening place to ride the waves than Fistral beach in party-town Newquay. West facing and backed by cliffs, the once hidden-away cove is now no secret to the flocks of young party goers who visit each year for surf festivals, beachside celebrations and camping. Surfs up!

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Camber Sands
Over 5 miles of rolling sand and grass-fringed sand dunes characterise the beautiful seafront at Camber Sands. Looking out over the English Channel, the expanse of coastline is deserted throughout most of the year, making a peaceful backdrop for dog walkers – but once peak season rolls around, beach dwellers head to the picturesque shores for family fun and sandcastle building aplenty. With all the charm of the quintessential English seaside on your doorstep, the area provides ample opportunity for sampling the local ice cream and dining on fresh fish whilst looking out over the blissful bay…

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