To celebrate the Great British Summertime and the impending May Bank holidays we have listed our top 5 beaches from across the country.
Watergate Bay runs for 1.5 miles and is full of rock pools and caves to explore. This beach picks up swells from the Atlantic so is hugely popular with surfers, be sure to keep an eye out for some spectacular wipe-outs There are many events held on this beach throughout the summer season, one of our favourites is Polo on the Beach where surfers make way for polo ponies and this event is completely free to attend. If you are planning on staying for a couple of days the Watergate Bay Hotel is set right on the beach with spectacular views from the bedrooms and when you get hungry Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and the Beach Hut cafe are definitely worth a visit.
With the golden glow of the sandstone cliffs, West Bay, Dorset, is the golden gate to the Jurassic coast – perfect for the fossil hunter in you. Once you have uncovered some historic treasures make sure you pop along to the cafe in the old West bay railway station, the Joules sheep say the cream tea is not to be missed.
Recently voted the 3rd best beach in Europe Rhossilli Bay is a must if you are ever visiting Wales. This beach is three miles long and is backed onto by huge sand dunes, the locals call this beach Llangennith Sands. A popular place for bird watching as many varieties nest in the cliffs surrounding the bay. Just be warned that there is a very steep walk down to this beach so may not be suitable for everyone to get to but if you can’t quite make it down the views from the cliffs are still beautiful.
Situated between Hunstanton and Wells-on-the-sea, this dog-friendly beach is one of North Norfolk’s best kept secrets. Be sure to pop into Joules of Burnham Market, click here for directions.
This mile long sandy beach has it all – rocks, cliffs and dunes. A blue flag award winning beach which is popular with families all year round and provides the perfect place to play games, Newcastle United have even been spotted training here.