Are you planning a trip to the beach this summer? Ready to top up your tan, sink your toes in the sand and take a dip in the sea? You’re not the only one. During the summer months, popular seaside towns across the UK can get packed with locals and holidaymakers wanting to embrace the sun. But going to the seaside doesn’t have to mean battling for a patch of sand on the beach – there are plenty of lesser-known spots on the coastline that are equally as enjoyable. Here are some of the UK’s best beaches off the beaten track.
Nestled on the south coast between Hastings and Eastbourne, this seaside town offers true charm and character. Most of the year you can enjoy a peaceful environment perfect for relaxing on the shoreline with an ice cream. Bexhill is nowhere near as busy as neighbouring Hastings in high season and is renowned for its fresh sea air. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, with shops, cafes, restaurants, leisure centre, tennis courts and golf courses within easy reach. Plus, it’s relatively easy to get to with regular trains to Bexhill from London and other southern towns.
Say hello to an 18 mile stretch of unspoilt shingle and bright blue waters at Chesil Beach in Dorset. It forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is said to give visitors one of the best views in Britain. The majority of the expanse is separated from the mainland by the Fleet Lagoon – an important area of saline water that is natural habitat for many wildlife species. This ‘detached’ feel puts some off visiting this beautiful expanse, but if you’re willing to carry a picnic and your towels, you’ll be rewarded with a truly tranquil spot on the coastline.
Druridge Bay is a 7 mile stretch of golden sands in Northumberland, between the towns of Amble and Cresswell. It’s an ideal place for dog walking as the beach is relatively flat and is protected by large sand dunes. But there’s plenty to do for those without a pooch – relax on the sand, paddle in the water, surf the waves or explore the surrounding meadows and woodland. After that, head to the café for a bite to eat and a cup of tea or take the kids to the dedicated play area.
These are just some of the picturesque and quiet spots on the British coastline. Which will you visit this summer?