We’ve put together a list of a few of the best UK beaches. So if you are planning a day trip or a few days away at the coast this summer be sure to pick a beach perfect for you.
Dog friendly beaches
With miles of sandy beaches and waves for leaping through, it’s no wonder dogs enjoy having a run on the beach. However, not all beaches are dog friendly and some have restrictions during the summer months – here are a couple of our favourites which we think are well worth a visit.
Lepe Country Park, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AD
From sea front walks to wildlife spotting, Lepe Country Park offers a wonderful combination of sandy beach and woodland walks for you and your dog. Stroll through the wild flower meadows watching bees and butterflies feeding on the abundance of flowers, let your four legged friend enjoy a splash in the Solent and on a clear day, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views towards the Isle of Wight. There is a children’s adventure playground and a café. It is worth noting that a family friendly beach operates between April and September, dogs are not allowed on this area of beach during these dates. There is however an alternative route along the coast available where your dog will be welcomed.
West Wittering, Chichester, Sussex, PO20 8AJ
I really love going to West Wittering beach. With its miles of wide sloping sandy beach it is lovely and clean, and the shallow tidal pools provides the ideal spot for a paddle. Alongside the beach, there is a 20 acre expanse of grasses, wetlands and reed beds filled with butterflies and birds, an ideal place for nature lovers and perfect to explore on two feet or four! There is a café offering a selection of refreshments.
Holkham Bay, Norfolk, NR23 1RH
The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. The beaches at Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham form part of a unique landscape, rich in wildlife. With pine woodlands, long runs of sand dunes and rock pools galore, this beach is a brilliant place to bring your dog and at low tide; the sea pulls back almost half a mile out revealing the untouched sands allowing your dog to enjoy getting his paws wet. It’s also ideal for a bit of kite flying and sandcastle building!
Family Friendly Beaches
Children love spending time on the beach – whether its splashing around in the sea, building sandcastles or exploring rock pools – it’s a fun time to spend with all the family. Apart from buying the ice creams it can be a relatively cheap day out if you bring a picnic. Here is a pick of a few family friendly beaches….
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1JZ
Porthmeor is a lovely sandy, sheltered, safe beach popular with surfers and swimmers alike, it is one of only five beaches in Cornwall that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award, given in recognition of water quality. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months. It is in an ideal location just a stone’s throw from the bustling centre of St Ives where you can explore the picturesque bustle of whitewashed fisherman’s cottages, shops, trendy cafes and restaurants set along narrow cobbled streets that maze out from Digey and Fore Street towards the harbour – there is something to keep everyone happy here. You could also head out on the coastal path past Tregenna and Treloyan with stunning views of the St Ives peninsula over your shoulder.
Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0RG
Set in a sheltered unspoilt bay surrounded by evergreens and pines, this beach is one of South Devon’s most spectacular natural treasures. It is an award-winning, privately managed ‘Blue Flag’ family beach and has kept its standards high, making it one of the most popular family beaches in the region and the turquoise water feels as if you are in the Mediterranean. With sand pits, a bathing raft, kayaks and paddle boards and wet suits for hire, a cafe and a beach shop, it has something for all the family. There is a Lifeguard patrol during the summer season. Blackpool Sands is also on the South West Coast Path, and so is in ideal place to start or finish a walk along this beautiful part of the South Devon coastline. There is plenty of accommodation close to the beach.
Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia, Wales, LL53 7DS
Fairly sheltered, this popular sandy beach has a lovely family atmosphere about it and the seaside town offers lots of trendy bistros, a good choice of accommodation and attractions including pony trekking, boat trips and a crafts centre. Abersoch is also the base for six circular walks ranging from under a mile to over nine miles. There is a flurry of fun activity in August with the annual August Regatta when families can enjoy raft racing, crab catching and sandcastle building contests and there’s a prize for the best-dressed beach hut too!
If you fancy a day trip or a short break within the UK – then we would be more than happy to help plan and book your perfect getaway.