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The Best 6 Beaches in Britain!

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Ready to get your beach on? We proudly present the guide to the best spots in the UK to kick off your Sunday shoes and get the sand (or pebbles) between your toes! So pack a picnic, head for the coast and prepare to forget all about the city!

Saunton Sands, North Devon

Saunton Sands has everything – a beautiful headland, long easy waves perfect for novice surfers, and a huge warren of sand dunes (the Braunton Burrows) that have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Dogs are welcome, there’s a big cafe on the slipway and you’re likely to end up parked next to a retro ride stuffed with longboards. Hang ten, dude.

Dancing Ledge, Dorset

Pack a rucksack and don’t forget your walking pole – the beautiful hidden beach of Dancing Ledge demands a 20-minute walk of its users! Hidden at the end of a footpath across the fields in Langton Matravers, Dancing Ledge is technically a human creation: a flat rock plate hacked out of the cliff by the Dorset quarrymen in the 18th and 19th centuries. Relax in the infinity pool and explore the fossils revealed by the blasting.

Sandsend, near Whitby, Yorkshire

Sandsend starts where Whitby finishes, and has all the beauty without the hordes of tourists and vamp-loving Goths. Tiny streams meander across the sand to the ocean, a ring of grass-covered cliffsides slope dramatically down to the beach, and there’s a top-notch cafe nearby. You can even stay in a converted bunker hewn into the cliff face.

Littlehampton Beach, West Sussex

Littlehampton’s beach is unremarkable in itself: pebbles, sand, a couple of breakwaters and crowds of sunburned tourists clustering round its colourful beach huts. Take a table at one of Littlehampton’s two outstanding beach cafes, though, and you’ll understand why we included it on this list. Both cafes have won architectural awards, and the food inside is out of this world. Have lunch at the West Beach Cafe and dinner at the East Beach Cafe, then go home without a belt!

Lundy Island, North Devon 

OK, so it isn’t technically a beach – but this tiny island in the Atlantic, off the coast of North Devon, is blessed with multiple hidden coves and more wildlife than you could shake a pair of binoculars at. From puffin colonies to protected seafloors (which were the first Marine Conservation Zone in the UK), Lundy’s appeal lies in its remote and unspoiled character. If you like your coastline without crowds, this is the place for you. You’ll have to take a ferry to get there, but can arrange for car hire to get you to the ferry terminus at Ilfracombe.

Barafundle Bay, Wales

Fancy wandering back in time, to a magical place where you’ll feel that anything could happen and modern life is far away? Take the cliff path from Stackpole Quay in Pembrokeshire, and you’ll come to a stone archway, looking like it just fell from the set of Game of Thrones. Wander through, and feel the cares of the rat race drop off as if by magic. Ancient trees cast welcome shade on the upper reaches of the beach, and the cliffs surround you so you can see nothing but nature and impossibly blue water. Spectacular.

Book cheap train tickets in advance at and we’ll get you to the beach cheaper. We can also arrange car hire to take you from the station to the coast – vital for some of the further-flung beaches on this list!

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