St Oswalds Bay, West Wulworth, Dorset

Closer To Home: 7 Amazing British Beaches

St Oswalds Bay, West Wulworth, Dorset
The famous Durble Door rock at St Oswalds Bay, West Wulworth, Dorset.

Want a beach break but can’t quite stretch to the Caribbean or Amalafi Coast to go in search of the world’s best stretches of sand? Fear not, the UK boasts plenty of jaw dropping coastlines just around the corner.

1. Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire

Set at the base of a winding road that runs through a quaint and traditional fishing village on the Yorkshire coast, this beach offers a little more than a dip in the sea and buckets and spades. With plenty to do in the surrounding town there’s no chance of boredom. Unique tearooms, pubs and gift shops litter the hillside, whilst extensive rock reefs provide the perfect opportunity to search for fossils.

2. St Oswalds Bay, West Wulworth, Dorset

Home to the famous Durdle Door, one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast, St Oswalds Bay is a feast for the eyes. Quite a walk along the coastline, the view is well worth the effort put in. Azure waters lap against the shiny rounded pebbles providing the perfect backdrop for reading a book or just taking in the calm sea breeze.

3. Polzeath Beach, Cornwall

Situated on the rugged north Cornwall coast, Polzeath Beach is popular with holidaymakers, surfers and Prime Minister, David Cameron. But don’t let that put you off.

Surrounded by ice-cream shops, an art gallery and cafes, there is plenty on offer for all the family. The Blue Flag award-winning beach attracts a multitude of surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. From novices to pros, there is something strangely relaxing that comes from watching people in wet suits bob around in the ice-cold water, along with the occasional dolphins and seals that ride alongside them too, if you’re lucky.

Polzeath Beach, Cornwall
Polzeath Beach, Cornwall.

4. Daymar Bay, Rock, Cornwall

A paradise for beach lovers, Daymar Bay lies at the mouth of the Camel Estuary. Boasting a long stretch of fine golden sands, this beach is the forgotten jewel in North Cornwall’s Crown. Calm waters that seem a world away from the neighbouring Polzeath beach shine a tropical shade of turquoise in the summer.

Should you get bored the beach is just a short walk from Rock where there are plenty of shops, cafes and even a ferry across to the very popular Padstow.

5. Blackpool Sands, Dartmoor, Devon

Set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines, it is easy to see why this beach is so popular. The award-winning Blue Flag beach boasts clear cobalt waters, which could easily be mistaken for those of the Mediterranean.

Located three miles west of Dartmouth, this shingle beach is superb for swimming offering clean waters with clean showers and lifeguards during the peak summer months.

Winter Beach Scene, Walberswick Beach, Suffolk
Walberswick Beach, Suffolk.

6. Walberswick Beach, Suffolk

Surrounded by picturesque Georgian buildings, Walberswick denotes a nostalgic English seaside feel about it. Think bucket, spade and lazing around in deckchairs followed by a hearty pub lunch or cream tea. Home to the yearly British Open Crabbing Championships the beach isn’t shy of a little culture and offers plenty to do for all the family.

7. Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris, Scotland

It’s hard to believe that the crystal clear waters and flour white sands of Luskentyre beach belong to an island off the coast of Scotland and not one in the Caribbean.

Surrounded by idyllic and breathtaking mountains, it is no wonder that Luskentyre beach is loved by travellers from across the globe. With endlessly awe-inspiring views it’s truly breathtaking, however often deserted, so the sand is all yours.

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