Take the train … to Blighty’s best beaches
Blue waters, white sands, cream teas, picnic hampers, fish suppers, deckchairs and donkey rides – the best of Blighty’s easily found by the seaside.
With temperatures soaring and Britain’s best beaches just a rail-ride away, why not use our journey planner to find cheap tickets to the coast and sun yourself, for less, this summer?
The mercury may be nudging upwards, but according to The Independent there are just 25 beaches that should be hotspots for Blighty’s beach-break holidaymakers.
Topping the list are Bamburgh in Northumberland, Blackpool Sands in Devon, Llanbedrog in Wales, Bigbury-on-Sea in Devon and West Sands in Scotland.
But plenty of the beaches in the top 25 can be easily reached by train.
Just check our guide below and find which of Blighty’s best beaches are just a quick rail ride from you.
Take the train to Scotland’s best beaches …
• West Sands, St Andrews
Blighty’s fifth-best beach, West Sands, is set in the ancient university town of St Andrews, where cathedral ruins overlook the sea. Just take the train to Leuchars and hop on the bus to the beach.
• Aberdeen Beach
Polling at number 15, Aberdeen’s beach is especially popular with surfers and city-breakers in Scotland’s Granite City. Just take the train to Aberdeen and head for the shore.
Take the train to Wales’ best beaches …
• Llanddwyn, Anglesey
You may even catch a glimpse of locals Wills and Kate on this Anglesey beach – the 16th best in Blighty. Just take the train to Anglesey and hire a car to reach this rural beach overlooking Snowdonia National Park.
• New Quay, near Cardigan
Charting at number 22, New Quay in Wales is tipped to be the best beach in Blighty for whale watching and dolphin spotting. Just take the train to Aberystwyth and hop on a bus.
Take the train to North England’s best beaches …
The best beach in Blighty, Bamburgh is overlooked by a castle and surrounded by golden sand dunes. Just take the train to Chathill or Berwick upon Tweed and then hop on a bus straight to the beach.
• St Bees, Cumbria
Polling at number eight, St Bees is a rural beach by one of Cumbria’s picturesque ancient villages. Take the train to St Bees and a bus to the beach.
Take the train to the Midlands’ best beaches …
• Camber Sands, East Sussex
With stretching white sands and low tides, Camber Sands charted as the 17th most popular beach in Britain. Get to Camber Sands by taking the train to Rye then the bus.
• West Wittering, West Sussex
Blighty’s 25th most popular beach, West Wittering’s a haven for surfers and wind surfers. Just take the train to Chichester then hop on the bus to the beach.
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Take the train to South England’s best beaches …
• Portland Harbour, Dorset
Portland Harbour’s set to host the London 2012 Olympic sailing events, and is ideal for kayaking, windsurfing and other adrenaline-pumping water sports. Get to Portland Harbour – the UK’s 20th most popular beach – by taking the train to Weymouth then the bus to the beach.
• Porthcurno, Cornwall
Charting at number 21, Porthcurno’s best known for its turquoise waters and golden sands, but during the summer months visitors can expect to catch some performances at the Minack open-air theatre. Just take the train to Cornwall and then the bus to the beach.